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How to jump start a car with a jump lead! - Step-by-step guide

How to jump-start a car with a jump lead! – Step-by-step guide

A car may function impeccably in all weather without any starting trouble for years. Then suddenly it gives up the ghost. Read in this guide what to do to start a car with a...
Smoking and smelly exhaust – how to recognise exhaust colours?

Smoking and smelly exhaust – how to recognise exhaust colour?

Smoke coming from the exhaust of the car is quite normal. After all, combustion engines produce exhaust gases and they need to go somewhere. Normally however, whatever comes from the exhaust is barely visible....
Car engine damage – Keep your engine healthy & fit!

Car engine damage – Keep your engine healthy & fit!

Car engine damage is an expensive business. The drive is a complex construction consisting of hundreds of parts which must be exactly tuned. Modern engines last hundreds of thousands of kilometres. A condition for...
Wheels and tyres – never save on tyres!

Wheels and tyres – never save on tyres!

Tyres are the contact point between the engine and the road, and have a considerable significance with respect to safety. Tyres can be quite expensive, making it tempting to save on them. Making compromises...
Washing the car – tips for optimum car maintenance!

Washing the car – tips for optimum car maintenance!

Owning a car means more than just being able to comfortably travel from A to B. Every car requires servicing and maintenance, including cleaning or washing, and more specifically: washing the car on the...
How to update an auxiliary heater: make your car more economic and comfortable!

How to upgrade an auxiliary heater: make your car more economic and comfortable!

An auxiliary heater is a comfortable feature and therefore some people ask themselves why it is still not standard equipment. When following this question, the first surprise is soon to be seen: modern diesel...
This is how you clean the car seats properly!

This is how you clean the car seats properly!

A well-kept car is an absolute eye catcher. And what's more: regular maintenance contributes to value retention. This applies not in the least to the passenger cabin and the car seats, subject to daily...
Always have a clear view? What's to be done with a damaged windscreen!

Always have a clear view? What’s to be done with a damaged windscreen!

The windscreen is the most important window for the driver. Without a clear, unhindered view of the road safe driving is impossible. Therefore, the law is particularly severe with respect to a windscreen's condition....
New car radio doesn't function – what now?

New car radio doesn’t function – what now?

It all sounds so simple: car radios are equipped with standardised connections enabling them to connect with loudspeakers and the car's power supply. In case of incompatibility a suitable adapter enables the connection, at...
Engine cleaning: Higher selling value, better appearance and easy troubleshooting

Engine cleaning: Higher selling value, better appearance and easy troubleshooting

Normally, the car engine is hidden under the bonnet. Why should you take the trouble of cleaning it? After all, in the pure mechanical or electric sense you run the risk of doing more...
The James Bond experience with head-up display!

The James Bond experience with head-up display!

The head-up display (HUD) is a transparent display presenting data on a screen within the driver's visual range. This type of display was originally invented for military use. Essential operational data have been displayed...
Staying alert: stains or puddles under the car

Staying alert: stains or puddles under the car

Stains or puddles under the car should never be ignored. It always signifies some kind of leakage. Sometimes this is totally harmless or even a technical necessity. Nevertheless, most leakages are the result of...
When is it appropriate to grind a brake disc?

When is it appropriate to grind a brake disc?

A stuttering, jerky brake can be due to ripple wear of the brake discs. This does not necessarily call for a new set of brake discs. Under certain circumstances brake discs can be made...
Quiet driving - squeaky brakes troubleshooting solutions!

Quiet driving – squeaky brakes troubleshooting solutions!

Nothing can be more irritating than a permanent, silent "squeak-squeak-squeak" coming from the wheel arches. The most common reason for this sound is the squeaky brakes. The good news: with a bit of expertise...
Wrapping or painting? Fresh colour – fresh car: everything about paint and foil!

Wrapping or painting? Fresh colour – fresh car: everything about paint and foil!

Nothing upgrades a car more than an attractive colour. A freshly painted, shiny car suggests a considerably higher value than a dull, scratched, dented and rusty vehicle. The traditional craft of car painting has...
Hot potato: brake conversion - swapping a drum brake for a disc!

Hot potato: brake conversion – swapping a drum brake for a disc!

The drum brake is a relic of car brake technology. Until far into the 70ies it was standard for all cars. Nevertheless, a great deal of serious accidents of these cylinder capacity giants can...
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