mechanic testing a car battery

Forever! If only. There’s nothing more frustrating than turning the key in the ignition and getting nothing in response – and always when we’re running late. Given our reliance on their good health, it’s reasonable to ask how long car batteries last. Here’s the answer. A new battery can be expected to keep the engine […]

Towbar installation or hitches

Getting hitched? Everything you need to know about towbar installation

Nothing transforms a car quite like a towbar. One day a humble hatch, the next day a utility vehicle. Toorak tractor to caravan hauler. Glorified SUV to the real thing, carrying bikes for the whole family, headed for the You Yangs. They…

How long do brake pads last?

At risk of stating the bleeding obvious, brake pads are important. So, the fact that you’re wondering how long brake pads last is a good thing. You should be thinking about your brakes and what condition they’re in because they’ll determine…
Car mechanic checking engine oil level performing car services

How often should you service your car?

How often should you have your car serviced? Well, since you asked… every month. No – every week. Only on the days you drive it. All right – that’s a bit much. In all honesty (yes, mechanics can be honest), it depends… to a degree.…
Mechanic hand checking and fixing a broken timing chain

When Is a Timing Chain Out of Step?

If your engine were an orchestra, the timing chain would be the conductor. Opening and closing valves, moving pistons, connecting rods – all of this must happen at a given time and in a given sequence. Without the timing chain, you simply…
a father assesses the problem with his broken down car as his wife sits roadside with the luggage calling the breakdown truck.takes the children off to school in the morning

Common Car Problems

Cars are stoic, loyal and uncomplaining. Every day people walk out their front door, climb into their car, start the engine and drive off to their destination without a second thought. There are, however, those rare times when we turn the key…

Top 6 Tips for Off-Road Trips

There aren’t many silver linings to the pandemic, but one may be that we get to know our own country a little better. Europe can have Cinque Terra, the Dalmatian Coast and the Acropolis. America can keep its Yosemite, Aspen and swampy bayous.…