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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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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Australian Vehicle tolling classes wins the virtualmechanic scam award for 2017

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Tollways within Australia wins the Virtualmechanic scam award.

We worked very hard this year to work out the best scam, we were looking at several categories.
Car Registration increase scams
Speeding fines when traveling over the limit for 10 seconds scams.
City parking, Airport parking scams.

It was hard to judge as they were all fighting for the number scam award.
The winner is Vehicle tolling classes SCAM.

The following information is to help you understand your vehicle class scam

The vehicle tolling classes are defined as follows:

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When is leasing a car cheaper than buying ?

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Let me begin with such a question of total amusement.

Recently I was flicking through the free to air channels and found the series on the couch.

i could not believe that there was a so called expert regarding finance explaining that leasing a car was cheaper than buying a car.

He the so-called expert creates an example of a $41000.00

He explains that the repayment on a typical motor vehicle finance is somewhere between 5% to 10%

So the next part is the demonstrate ...

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How to save $5k on your engine, don’t be a dipstick

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How to save $5k on your engine ?

Don’t be a dipstick, and follow the instructions below.

MAKE SURE THE VEHICLE IS ON LEVEL GROUND..

This one is the most simple step but so difficult to carry out.

1, Open the bonnet.

2, Locate the engine dipstick.

3, Wipe the dipstick

4, Now place the dipstick back into the engine.

5, Remove the dipstick

6, Check the oil level on the dipstick.

7, If you are not sure how to check your engine oil level send me your details with ...

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Make this long weekend an Airbag safe weekend

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Make this long weekend an Airbag safe weekend.

This weekend before you take you car out for a drive, go to recall Australia and check if your car requires a safety recall.

Safety Recall Australia

If not for you, think of your family it will take you the same time to drink your coffee.

Remember a faulty Airbag can kill you or severely cause injury.

Sorry can’t let this one rest until everyone is driving a car that will protect them.

Darren Gow-Brown

also see the ...

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How safe is my car

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Let me ask you the question !.

Is your car safe

Unless you have lived in a remote part of Australia, the vehicle that you are driving maybe supplied with a faulty airbag.
The faulty airbags have now killed over 12 people, instead of saving their lives.
How can an airbag kill you ?.

The answer, when the airbag is activated it may release fragments of metal, and or dangerous chemicals that have now been revealed to cause serious injury or death.

The one ...

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