General Inspection

General Inspection – Slipping clutch assembly

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THE EFFECT
While driving you may notice that the engine is revving but the car is not moving any faster.  You may also notice that when you have four people in the vehicle that the vehicle seems to have no power but plenty of revs.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR
The best way to check any slipping clutch is to put it into fourth gear, bring the revs up, let the clutch out, and the car should stall.  If the car does ...

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General Inspection – Exhaust muffler leaking

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THE EFFECT
The exhaust fumes may be coming into the car and if this continues the hole might get larger and therefore the muffler could collapse and start dragging along the road.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR
Try to locate where the noise is and the best thing to do is to get it repaired ASAP.

COST
Depending on where the leak is.  If it’s only a small hole that’s corroded, you might be to get it cut out or replaced.  This could ...

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General Inspection – Flange gasket leaking

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THE EFFECT
It will be noisy around the engine.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR
You have to be very careful here so that you do not touch any of the hot exhaust componentry.  If you can carefully put your fingers around the flange gasket area and feel any air coming out, then that determines that’s what it was.

COST
About $65.00-$90.00 depending on the exhaust fitter.

 
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General Inspection – BALLAST RESISTOR – if fitted

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PURPOSE
The bells resistor lowers the operating voltage to the coil from 12 volts down to 9 volts to maintain a low voltage to the points and condenser.  The bells resistor is bypassed when the starter motor is cranking the engine.  The bells resistor has a working life of approximately 10 years. 

THINGS TO LOOK FOR
Most bells resistors are open circuit making it impossible to start ..The most effective indication of this is when cranking the engine, the engine nearly ...

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General Inspection – BALL JOINTS

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PURPOSE
Ball joints are a component that connects the control arm to a stub axle, making it a very important component.  Some ball joints are serviceable with a grease nipple.  Ball joints should be checked every 10,000Kms.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR
A ball joint may produce a slight or heavy metallic noise as you turn the steering wheel or it may wear or elongate without producing any noise.  The best way to check a ball joint is to jack the vehicle ...

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