General Inspection – Loose fan belt

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THE EFFECT
A loose fan belt is a fan belt screaming out for help.  Also a loose fan belt may perish or deteriorate rapidly depending on whether it’s a polyrib belt or a ‘V’ belt.  A loose fan belt will also affect the charge rate and the cooling system if the water pump pulley is connected to that fan belt.  Any fan belt that is loose will affect what it’s driving.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR
Check the belts for tension.  If ...

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General Inspection – Thermo fan not switching on

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THE EFFECT
The car will overheat mainly when it’s idling.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR
A thermo fan should switch on periodically when idling.  If it does not, make sure the connection to the thermostatic fan switch is okay. A fan fuse might also have gone.  Check all the fuses. Find the thermo fan relay, wiggle the relay or swap that relay with an air conditioning relay, provided that the amperage on the relays are all the same.

COST
Depending on why it’s ...

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General Inspection – Thermo fan switching on

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THE EFFECT
The cooling system will maintain normal operating temperature under all driveable conditions. 

THINGS TO LOOK FOR
It’s always a good idea to look at the thermostatic fan to understand how it operates.  Because thermostatic fans are thermostatically controlled, they should switch on and off.  A good thermostatic fan in a very good cooling system will switch on for between 20-40 seconds.  If the fan switches on for longer than 60 seconds this might be a cooling system that is ...

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FAQ 4,

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Question Australia-3-1 Overheating and trouble with Toyota dealership
username=Elizabeth H
VehicleType=Toyota Camry
VehicleAge=9
DistanceTravelled=approx. 60000
Trans=Auto
Driveline=FWD
Country=USA
State=Texas

IsThereRoadSafetyEducationInYourTown=Yes
Subject=Camry overheating
comment=My 1993 Toyota Camry overheated a couple of weeks ago.  I had it
towed to the dealership where the radiator and thermostat were replaced.
Now I cannot drive more than 1/2 mile without its starting to overheat
again.  If I’m driving, the needle stays at about the middle of the gauge.
If I am stopped at a light or ...

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FAQ 3,

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username=Jim Mayhan
VehicleType=blazer
VehicleAge=11.5
DistanceTravelled=150,000
Trans=Auto
Driveline=RWD
Country=USA
State=Georgia
Subject=Vibration
comment=I have a 1991 S10 4DR 4WD Blazer.  I purchased the Blazer in
September 1990.  Over the past year I have had vibration problems at highway
speeds and on accellaration and decellaration.  I have had new tires and
shocks and had the tires balanced a few times.  Finally, I took it to
the dealer and explained the situation.  On Tuesday, 4/16/02, I took it to
the dealer.  He was intent ...

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Valvoline product search wins my vote this month

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Well, don’t do what I did and go to the wrong website.
I was in a hurry and by mistake, I went to the US site, that is not so helpful for people in a hurry to search what is the most suitable product for their vehicle.

Here is the link to search for the correct product http://www.datateck.com.au/lube/valv_auMS/

It seems still popular for people of all ages to still maintain their own vehicle. As a qualified mechanic, I don’t have a problem with that as ...

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Great Australian Airbag Crisis the full story

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it’s amazing how this story looks like its something new, unfortunately, this is a worldwide problem that won’t go away anything soon.
After reading the front page of the Melbourne Herald Sun, and wow this is an exclusive article regarding Airbag recalls.
The Herald Sun can reveal manufacturers of the nations most popular cars, including Ford, Holden, and Volkswagen will be forced to replace the dodgy airbags for free.
To the journalist that wrote the newspaper article, here are some correct facts.
https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls is ...

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How safe is your new safe car ?

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After taking a friend shopping for a new vehicle, I was asked what were we buying ?.
My answer was simple, just pick out the features you think you need and I’ll tell you if you really need them.
Below is a list of features

Comfortable seats! Drivers can spend a lot of time in the car. If the seats aren’t comfortable, you won’t be happy with your car for long. Be sure as part of your test drive that you spend ...

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Hail damaged Vehicles buyer beware…

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When it comes to buying a car, let’s be honest we all want to get a bargain right.
Recently I was told some cheap vehicles were coming up at an auction, they were defined as hail damaged vehicles.
A hail damaged vehicle is where a vehicle may have minor or major hail damage to the body, but to my knowledge not exposed to flooding damage.

You the buyer should do your research prior to purchase. Why? I’m glad you asked.
Question 1, is ...

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VicRoads Warning added hidden charges

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Public Interest Warning

VicRoads warning to all customers that choose to pay their rego with options for 6 or 3 months
Many people that are finding it difficult to pay the ever-increasing registrations that seem to be on average of $800 each year.

VicRoads customers may now get a choice the pay in 3, 6 or 12 months increments, however, that transaction makes with extra costs.
A new service Fee of $2.45 plus wait there is more, a credit card fee of.04 ...

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Electric Cars is it the future

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With the cost of electricity about to go up again and again, I wonder if electric vehicles are the future.

If we compare solar energy off the grid packages to our standard energy grid costs, it would make sense not to go solar.

Perhaps we need to compare your traditional vehicle to an electric vehicle.

lets pick a trip to the snow, from Melbourne to Mt Buller, it takes about 3 hours. So we pass 20 opportunities to refuel, taking about 15 minutes ...

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Screen test your wipers

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So with the Xmas holidays here, perhaps it’s time to check your wipers, they are the long rubbers that sit on your screen awaiting for a rainy day.

The problem is that we forget about these very important components until we need them.

Wipers can go through many seasons before we realise they need renewal.

Not so long ago windscreen wipers would last atleast a good 12 months.

Now your lucky if you get a season, but how do know if your wipers are ...

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Day Of The Volkswagen 19-11-2017

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This was better than I expected, with the largest number of volkswagons in the one place. The organizers did a great job, with a very fair admission fee.
I course there are a group of models that take my intense interest, this being the Karman Ghia from 1960 to 1970.
The detail that these beautiful looking VW’s have in my opinion, paid off…
Yes, of course, I love the 1950 kombi but I’ll never own one unless someone out there wants to ...

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What is a HUD ?

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Well I’m really glad you asked..

HUD means head up display, this feature is found in some European vehicles and also in the late model Holden Commodore range.

Every now and again motor vehicle engineers get it right, by that I mean this feature is a must.

And to think that this feature may cost an extra $20 if installed when the car is made, it makes ...

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When is the best time to buy a secondhand vehicle ?

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The quick answer is when you don’t need to …

A co-worker ask me about buying a second vehicle and what he should do, in my opinion he had everything in place to making a successful  acquisition. His only potential downfall was that he was in a hurry to make that choice.

With Technology on the constant change there are many operating platforms to choose.

google, carsales, gumtree and now Facebook are the main key stake holders when it comes to buying a ...

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