Weekly Checks

Oil Leaks. What are the three types?

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Oil Leaks. What are the three types?
The most common oil leak is the one that you can see; also known is a major leak or more to the point the oil that you can see at traffic intersections. This is where an oil leak can become a dangerous road hazard into others, especially motor cycles riding in wet road conditions.
Oil leaks can also be an expensive item to repair so that’s why we see oil patches at major ...

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Vehicle Jack Recalls, May Cause Death

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Vehicle jacks

Raising vehicles with a jack can be hazardous if not done correctly. People have suffered serious injury or been crushed to death through inappropriate use of a vehicle jack. Always make sure you follow the operating instructions.

About jacks

A vehicle jack is a device designed to raise a car, caravan or trailer. The mandatory safety standard for vehicle jacks covers:

  • hydraulic jacks
  • lever jacks
  • pantograph (scissor) jacks
  • screw ...
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Even in 2013 we still need to check fluid levels in our car

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I can remember many years ago that when you drove to a petrol station a man would come out from the store and start filling up the tank with fuel then to up sell he would ask to check your fluid levels.

This was a great service as the smarter service station owners soon realized that the money was under the bonnet but you had to start at the tank.

Perhaps the gull service station in Fremantle may have been one of ...

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Is your car safe to drive

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From time to time it’s a good idea to perform a driveway safety check to make sure your vehicle is safe to drive.
It does not matter whether you drive a nice looking Porsche or 20 year old Holden, the standards are the same.

You might be thinking hang on that’s what I pay my mechanic or service centre to do.
STOP right there who is checking your vehicle between services ?
If you have a private servant Mechanic that performs ...

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Why do I need to check my spare tyre

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Why do I need to check the spare wheel
The best way to explain the need to check your spare tyre is take you back to my days working for the RACV in roadside service, I never minded changing wheels for anyone at any time. Most females were apologetic about the fact that they called someone to change a flat tyre.
The fact is changing a wheel can be dangerous especially if performing this task on a freeway so when ...

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Why do I need to check my engine oil

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It’s very easy for me to write about checking your motor vehicles 
engine oil especially between services because I’m the mechanic that gets 
to see the effects of driving a vehicle on low or even no oil showing 
on the dip stick.
Apart from premature wear and tear on the engine, the short term damage 
is overheating due to lack of lubrication oil performs many functions including transferring heat away from the cylinders, it also washes the engine holding acids ...

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Electrical System – The Battery

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The battery

PURPOSE
The battery is designed to store power and deliver power to all accessories.  Also to receive charge from the alternator.  Batteries are only as good as their connections and connections on the battery poles should not have any white powder or corrosion built up.  This is a problem.  The purpose of the battery is to hold current, receive charge from the alternator and deliver power to all accessories.  Batteries 20 years ago would last around 10 years.  Batteries ...

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Weekly Checks – FanBelts

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Cooling/Electrical System – FanBelts
 Checking the fan belt is an easy task. By pushing on the fan belt you can ascertain if the tension is firm or loose. Also, first thing in the morning, by revving the engine, you may notice a high pitched screech. This indicates the fan belt is loose and needs attention ASAP. A high pitched screech may also self destruct a fan belt particularly if it’s a polyrib belt, that is a later generation type belt. ...

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Cooling System – Water

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Cooling System – Water
 PURPOSE
Water is designed to maintain normal operating temperature and will only perform this function if all other components are operating correctly. Water should include an additive to prevent corrosion and erosion. If your vehicle is driven in either a very cold or very hot climate it may be necessary to add either an anti -freeze or anti-boil solution. This will only work effectively if the corrosive inhibitor is changed every 12 months.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR

The ...

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