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What the ‘Check Engine’ Light Could Mean

The first thing to check is the gas cap if your model has one. You may have forgotten to tighten it properly the last time you filled up at a station. When the cap is loose, it sends a message to the system of a leak in the vapor recovery system, part of the vehicle’s emissions. Other common problems which trigger the Check Engine Light includes sensors and spark plug wires. A more serious issue occurs when there is damage to the catalytic converter. In this case, the light may flash rather than burn steadily. The flashing light indicates a more serious problem that should be dealt with right away. The vehicle may be misfiring, which will also lead to a flashing light because it can damage the catalytic converter.... Read More »

Tom / October 9, 2016 / Cars

Proper Oil Filter Maintenance and Replacement

While we agree with oil companies’ advice to change oil filters when you change the oil, there’s a difference in opinion on how often this should occur. Unless you’re driving an antique vehicle with an almost prehistoric engine system that doesn’t filter debris as efficiently, the 3,000-mile rule is a myth. Every vehicle is a little different, but the average amount of miles to wait is closer to about 7,500. Consult your owner’s manual for the proper oil filter maintenance for your vehicle. While a lot of things can trigger the Service Engine light to come on, it’s a good idea to rule out the simpler potential causes before plunking a lot of money down for diagnostics and repairs. When that light is illuminated, it indicates the engine system isn’t... Read More »

Tom / September 9, 2016 / Cars

Maintaining The Looks of Your Exhaust

We all know how important looks are of your precious car. Polishing the tips of your cars exhaust will not only complete the look of your car, but will also protect it from corrosion and other forms of build up. When cleaning the exhaust tip, we recommend using a degreaser and a metal polish. To start off, soak the tips with the degreaser and let the chemicals work its magic. Use a cleaning brush after a few minutes and start cleaning inside and outside the exhaust tip. After you’ve dried it off, it’s time to polish the exhaust. For this we recommend you polish using a steel wool for the first polish and then a microfiber cloth for the second. After you’re done, we guarantee you’ll see a massive difference.

Tom / August 7, 2016 / Cars

Smart ForFour

From the same makers of the smart car, people might expect it to be a particularly small car, and it is, but it isn’t much smaller than the equivalent VW, at only 5cm smaller. The Forfour offers a number of advantages for drivers living in urban areas, namely its small size, great fuel efficiency and smallest turning circle in its class. It uses space very efficiently, proving more interior space than most of its direct competitors, such as in boot space, and although it does sacrifice in size to an extent, the smaller turning circle makes up for this, allowing drivers to still park in much smaller spaces than in alternatives.

Tom / May 17, 2016 / Cars

The Skoda Octavia

The Skoda Octavia is a reliable car that’s perfect for a small family. You get the same petrol engine as a Volkswagen Golf GTI to it certainly packs some power and ferocity when it’s needed. The design is really nice too and it’s quite amazing to see how far Skoda has come over the last few years. The Octavia really does feel like a serious car; it’s stylish, big and aerodynamic and it’s certainly the most popular Skoda motor on the market. You get a great deal of boot space so the weekly shopping is an easy errand, while the cabin is comfortable and it’s kitted out with all of the electrical you’d need. The dazzling infotainment system will ensure you’ve got the entertainment at your disposal for a long... Read More »

Tom / April 7, 2016 / Cars