Minor service

by Andrew Automoto21. November 2013 10:11
Without regular service intervals how will you know when your oil needs to be changed? Or if your brake pads are worn? Hence the recommendation of 6months -1year and 10,000 – 15000km services whichever comes first and all depending on your manufacturers requirements. Usually the smaller the vehicle the more often it is due for servicing. This can also be true for the driving conditions. Stop start traffic, rough driving, or vehicles that don’t get driven far or often are in the most need of regular servicing. [More]

Signs of a Blown Head Gasket

by Andrew Automoto21. November 2013 10:04
There are many signs of a blown head gasket that you can look for, it can go out in different areas and cause different symptoms. Below you will find a couple clues you can look for. However when in doubt and you have tried every solution, get it checked by a certified specialist first to see if the head was a problem. This way you’re not wasting your time replacing the gasket. [More]

How often should I change my battery?

by Andrew Automoto21. November 2013 10:02
Car batteries are usually the quite yet strongest member of the vehicle parts. It allows the car to start from the first turn of the key, from the conditions through the high demands from the driver however batteries don’t last forever.[More]

How to change a Car Battery

by Andrew Automoto21. November 2013 10:01
Weather is a big factor in your vehicle batteries problems, so it is always best before changing the battery over that you open the vent caps and check if the solution inside is frozen or if it simply needs a good clean. A white cakey build up around the terminals can mean that the right amount of power is not getting to your battery, you can clean this off with water, baking soda and a scrubbing brush, but just be careful as it is still highly corrosive acid so wearing gloves is recommended.If your battery is covered in stains or is corroding, if it has a crack in it and last but not least if your battery smells like rotten eggs or it smells like it’s burning, your battery is going to need changing. Replacing your car battery can be done with relative ease just remember battery acid is extremely corrosive, don’t let it splash out and don’t spill any on your hands, body, and clothing or even on your car paint. [More]

How do you jump start a car with jumper cables?

by Andrew Automoto21. November 2013 09:59
Before you try jump starting a car you need to find out if your battery is the reason your car isn’t starting. If you turn the key in the ignition and hear the engine cranking then the battery isn’t the problem. However if you turn the key and the car does nothing and you can see that your headlights and dashboard are dim, then there’s a good chance you have a dead battery. [More]

How to change a Fuse

by Andrew Automoto21. November 2013 09:57
Fuses protect all the electrical devices in your car, in such cases if there is an over power flow a fuse can ‘blow’ so the extra electricity does not reach the device. If you decide to change you own fuse you will first need to locate the fuse panel. Your vehicle's manual should provide you direction to where it is located. For most vehicles the fuse panels are on the driver’s side of the dashboard under the steering wheel, if not then they usually on the right or left side under the dashboard or may possibly be in the engine compartment or others are also found in the front driver side under the dashboard or in the glove box. Fuse panel are placed in all different locations just depending on the vehicles, and whether if it’s an old or new car. [More]

How to replace your headlight

by Andrew Automoto21. November 2013 09:51
Replacing your headlight isn't expensive and will mean you have more light and a clearer view when travelling at night. This is safer not just for you, but for other motorists on the road....Replacing your headlight bulb is an easy process, all you need are; [More]

Baby seats, and seatbelt laws.

by Andrew Automoto21. November 2013 09:48
With a baby on the way, and so much stress already, installing your babies car seat and making sure it’s safe is just another worry. And with new laws having just come in, and the difference between the European laws and Australian laws, it can all become very confusing.... Another law that has been the same for years however has recently been updated somewhat are the laws for drivers and passengers all over the age of 16 so let's clear them up now too.In Australia it is illegal to not be wearing a seatbelt at all times if in a seat that is fitted with one, If you are in an older model car and there is not seat belt provided then you may not be required to wear one this includes the driver of the vehicle. If you are under the age of 16, it falls to the responsibility of the driver of the vehicle to make sure that you are wearing a seat belt. If you are over the age of 16 however you are still accountable and both you and the driver can be fined, there is also a loss of up to 5 demerit points for the driver that can apply.[More]

LPG gas conversions.

by Andrew Automoto21. November 2013 09:43
  Running your vehicle on LPG can throw up a lot of questions. Let me answer the most simple one first.   What does LPG stand for and how does it power your vehicle:  Liquefied Petroleum Gas, is made up of propane and butane. The conversion of a vehicle to LPG adds a second fuel system, making the vehicle "dual-fuel", capable of running on either petrol or gas, or "dedicated gas", able to run on Gas only. Both conversions usually require a second tank to be installed, either in the spare wheel well, or in the boot of the vehicle, in some 4WD the LPG cylinder is fitted under the vehicle.    So why convert your vehicle to LPG? LPG cost's up to half the price of your standard petrol vehicle to run, and has a similar energy content to petrol, which burns readily in air. LPG is not the same gas that is used for your home energy and heating or for cooking a BBQ, it is a higher quality LPG and is controlled to ensure consistent vehicle performance in all driving conditions. LPG also reduces exhaust emissions and potentially prolongs the life of your engine, as LPG doesn't wash the lubricating oil from the cylinder walls like petrol engines sometimes do.   So can your vehicle be converted to run on LPG? Most vehicles can be converted to LPG, but not all vehicles. Most petrol vehicles can be converted to "dual-fuel" or "dedicated gas'', however there are a few factors that determine if the vehicle is suitable. One main factor is the availability of an LPG conversion kit for the vehicle, as the cost for a conversion kit can be quite high.   There are also technical factors that influence the vehicles suitability. If you are unsure though you can always go and speak to your local LPG conversion centre or vehicles local dealership centre.    A few other reasons that an LPG conversion may not be possible is if the vehicle is not fitted with an LPG compatible engine, or there may not be room to house the LPG cylinder.   Diesel Engines generally cannot be converted to LPG, however there are some organisations that are in the process of developing a system that will allow a diesel engine to run on a mixture of diesel and LPG.   Another thing to think about when converting your vehicle to LPG is the vehicles servicing. While LPG engines are serviced as before the conversion your LPG system itself will need to be serviced separately by an authorised LPG service centre.   It is important that you test your LPG gas tank to make sure it's not compromised by damage or corrosion. While LPG has been proven to be just as safe in an accident as that of a petrol or diesel engine, it is still important that you make sure that it meets the states roadworthy laws, and is not damaged or old, as it is illegal and can be potentially fatal. All LPG cylinders should be fitted with an expiry date, or a date of installation. If your LPG cylinder is 10 years old or older, then it is important that you have the cylinder tested, and certified for another 10 years, or replaced as the needs may be.   To find your local authorised LPG service centre visit http://www.carservice.com.au/LPG-Conversions. To find out more about LPG Roadworthy requirements see: LPG Roadworthy laws.           

LPG Roadworthy Laws

by Andrew Automoto21. November 2013 09:42
LPG vehicles all come under one basic standard that they must comply with. The AS/NZS 1425, and if fitted after February 1st 1993, must be fitted with an AS 1425 LPG compliance plate at the time of the conversion, and must have a label fixed conspicuously to the front or rear number plate...........Apart from having a date of installation of the LPG cylinder showing on the vehicle, the LPG system must be free of leaks, and all components must be secure and free from damage for the and deterioration. If you purchase a vehicle second hand sometimes it is not knows when the LPG cylinder was installed, if this is the case the LPG tank date stamp should be used to determine the date of the installation.[More]