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Transmission problems: when your car is not shifting properly

Warning sign on, gear changes for no reason, delayed engagement - any of these issues can be a sign that your car transmission needs a good look.

Any indication that your car is not shifting properly should be dealt with immediately. You might have a simple issue that can be repaired inexpensively, but if you wait too long you could end up with serious transmission trouble and have to pay to repair or even replace your transmission. Read about most common signs that you need to pay attention to when it comes to transmission.. read more

Changing the coolant: a quick guide

Coolant is an engine’s lifeblood, keeping it at the correct operating temperature, helping it to warm up quickly in cold weather and not get too hot when it's under stress. When the temperature plummets to below freezing, if mixed with a correct antifreeze, coolant can prevent damage in the engine and help it function at its best.

How often the coolant should be changed or topped up depends on the amount of driving you do. It is recommended you check coolant level every couple of weeks. If it is time to change the coolant here is a quick guide on what you will need. .. read more

How to tell your brake pads need replacing

Generally, brake pads need to be replaced after about 50,000 miles of run time. Some might need to be replaced sooner than that - after 25,000 miles, while others can last for up to 70,000. What does this mileage depend on? Many things, like your driving habits, road conditions and environment, brake pad hardness or whether you're using original or replacement parts.

Your car owner's manual should be a good source for accurate information on what sort of brake pads your car takes and if the current ones are fit for purpose. But what to look for when you think it is time to change? Here are the most common warning signs that can indicate that the brake pads are wearing out and you should consider getting a new set .. read more

8 signs your car's fuel pump is going bad

What are the most common signs of a fuel pump failure in a car? Fuel pumps are found on virtually all vehicles and typically display similar signs of failure when not doing well.

As the vehicle reaches high mileage, it is not uncommon for fuel pumps to require replacement. If your vehicle is displaying any of the symptoms listed below, or you suspect your fuel pump may be having an issue, inspect your vehicle for a failed fuel pump... read more