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DIY: back to basics
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DIY: back to basics

What do you need to check when you sit in the drivers seat of a car for the first time? Driving position, steering wheel position, where to put your hands on the wheel and adjusting your mirrors - all explained.


DIY: Engine Oil Explained

DIY: Engine Oil Explained

  Last week we ascertained that engine oil isn’t the only vital fluid integral to your car’s mechanical systems. While there’s various other fluids helping things work, engine oil is most commonly misunderstood. In addition to engine oil, other crucial lubricants your car uses include transmission fluid (commonly called gearbox oil) and differential fluid...


DIY: under the bonnet basics

DIY: under the bonnet basics

Lights flashing on the instrument panel, a digital written reminder, sometimes even an audible warning - these days many new cars will let you know when something is wrong. Checking the fluids in your car should be done regularly to keep it in tip-top condition in between services...


How to fit snow chains
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How to fit snow chains

With record snowfalls this year, it has never been more tempting to pack the car and head for the mountains. As the weather can be unpredictable, you may need to fit your snow chains. James Ward runs through the steps to ensure you stay safe in snow and icy conditions.


Tyre Hieroglyphics Explained
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Tyre Hieroglyphics Explained

Do you know what those markings on the sides of your tyres mean? If you do, that's great. If you don't, you need to read on… A lot of us rely on trusted experts to deal with our tyres without ever understanding exactly what connects us to the road. That's just lazy! Especially so when you consider the fact that tyres are the most important link between our vehicle and the road...


DIY: bird poo paint damage explained - how to protect your car
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DIY: bird poo paint damage explained - how to protect your car

Corrosive properties in bird droppings are not to blame for damage to your car’s paint job, according to UK car care product manufacturer Autoglym. Autoglym researchers studied the process and determined exactly how the damage is caused. In direct sunlight and in warm conditions, paint lacquer heats up, softens and expands...


DIY: safe overtaking
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DIY: safe overtaking

Staying safe on the road should be paramount for every driver. Overtaking is one of the leading causes of accidents and there's a lot to think about. This seemingly simple manoeuvre accounts for a high rate of fatalities over the Christmas break, second only to driver fatigue, and if poorly executed can quickly turn a few seconds on the wrong side of the road into a nightmare...


DIY: how to change a flat tyre
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DIY: how to change a flat tyre

It’s a rather sad indictment on behalf of the modern motorist that simple mechanical up keep and some rather basic driving techniques have been placed in the too hard basket. Fact is that with a bit of knowledge these tasks are so simple it’s laughable...


DIY: tyre safety
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DIY: tyre safety

Our recent track day at Eastern Creek, focusing on new tyre technology, has highlighted once again the need for a serious look at tyre safety. So naturally we thought it timely that we focus on keeping your rubber moving on the roadway...


DIY: holiday driving tips
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DIY: holiday driving tips

Holidays and long weekends are a great opportunity to hit the road. We want to help make sure you return safely from your break, with some tips for holiday driving. With the Australia Day long weekend almost here, these eight tips could benefit drivers on unfamiliar highways or roads they may only travel once a year - so here goes. Tip 1: Think ahead...