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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Free Google motoring tips, Warning lamp check lights

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Checking For Warning Lamps, Free Google motoring tips

ROAD TEST – Checking for warning lamps

PURPOSE
Warning lamps are designed to let the driver know of possible major problems
before they occur. The main lights are brake, oil, charge and temperature as
well as seat belt lights. Gauges will warn if a problem is starting or getting
worse. All warning lights are designed to turn on with the ignition and off
when the engine starts. Most gauges are designed to start ...

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Ignition Key Issues

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PURPOSE

The ignition switch has several functions which includes accessories, ignition on, start, ignition off. The ignition switch works best if the keys are not cut and recut because basically it will jam up the ignition. The ignition switch may also be connected to a steering lock mechanism.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR

The ignition key barrel and switch are subject to wear and there is a tendency is to get another key cut. Do not get another key cut because this key may cause the barrel to jam ...

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That noise, is it a 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 they feel loose, tighten them up.

COST

Nothing; ...

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Educational Packages

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Description
Virtual Car Care is designed to help the car owner to learn a basic understanding  
of their motor vehicle.
Virtual Car Care includes a sound bank and videos to provide basic mechanical knowledge using a simple format of a sound bank along with a comprehensive video of what to look for when buying a car. 
An Australian motor mechanic performed over 7000 service calls whilst 
Contracting to a major Auto club RACV in Melbourne. 
After the first 1000 calls, I started to document the commons ...

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Buyer beware of the latest scam

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Buyer beware of the latest scam when buying a vehicle in Australia.

This is how it works.

A person will advertise a vehicle for sale in Melbourne, Sydney, or anywhere in Australia,
they will only use a mobile phone number, but they don’t actually own the vehicle to sell.
They will travel interstate and hire a late model vehicle and re-register the vehicle in the state they are selling the vehicle with new plates, and therefore the vehicle will show no record of any prior ownership, therefore its seems like its ...

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Toyota Prius, Prius V Recall

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Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited — Toyota Prius, Prius V

PRA No.2018/17091Date published17 Oct 2018Campaign numberPrius (LGG76), Prius V (LGG78)Product description

Toyota Prius (ZVW30)
Toyota Prius V (ZVW40)

This recall provides an additional remedy to the vehicles involved in the previous recalls in February 2014 (PRA2014/13991) and July 2015 (PRA2015/14822), because the remedy conducted then was found to be inadequate.

Identifying features

VIN (Vehicle identification number)See attached VIN listPrius & Prius V Power Management ECU VIN list.pdf (2.39 MB)Prius & Prius V Power Management ...

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MY2014 to MY2016 Holden & HSV, VF Commodore & WN Caprice Recall

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GM Holden Ltd — MY2014 to MY2016 Holden & HSV, VF Commodore & WN Caprice

PRA No.2018/17201Date published19 Dec 2018Campaign numberA182193280Product description

Holden VF Commodore
58,731 affected vehicles

Holden WN Caprice
1,938 affected vehicles

HSV VF Clubsport, HSV VF Maloo and HSV VF GTS
5,525 affected vehicles

Select 2014-2016 models, built on or prior to 30 April 2015.

Identifying features

VIN (Vehicle identification number)See attached VIN list.VIN List.xlsx (1.77 MB)

What are the defects?

Increased electrical resistance in a component within the Electric Power Steering system may result in a loss ...

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Mercedes-Benz C and GLC Class Recall

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Mercedes-Benz C and GLC Class Passenger Cars

PRA No.2018/17232Date published24 Dec 2018Campaign numberRC2599Product description

Certain Mercedes-Benz C and GLC Class Passenger Cars

Identifying features

VIN list.xlsx (90.88 KB)

What are the defects?

A concern may exist with the software in the vehicles Audio 20 control unit that will affect the automatic occupant detection for the front passenger seat in the vehicles effected.

What are the hazards?

A fault in the automatic occupant detection system (or software) for the front passenger airbags may cause an incorrect reading. This ...

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Water damage to your car

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With record rainfalls in some parts of the world including Australia, it’s possible that your vehicle has taken in water where I should not enter.
How is this possible ?.
Recently I received a question fro a motorist from Tasmania, with a concerning engine noise coming from the front wheels.
After several questions later the motorist revealed that they are hearing a sloshing of water noise within their vehicle.
I had to ask more questions to understand the situation further.
It turns out that this ...

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