self help auto repair articles collection index
Auto repair and maintenance information is linked here.
The articles include analysis of common electronic, electrical mechanical, suspension and chassis problems on a wide range of Australian, American, Japanese, Korean and European cars from the plain family sedan to the exotic.This hub will grow as I write more articles so it may be one to bookmark.
If you need assistance with car, motorcycle or automotive repair equipment problem feel free to ask in the comments at the bottom of the hub.Many fine motor mechanics and engineers read my auto articles and often reply with help in the comments as you will see.
- Whats wrong with your car? Vehicle recalls.
Not all of us have new cars, and things go wrong with our cars as they age. The current vehicle recalls, are often in the news like the current Toyota cars, but older cars have their design faults and...
- How to buy repair and service your new or used car
Do you know how to keep repair and service costs down on new or used cars? I do.
- Auto brake repairs.
- How to find car problems using noise and save money ...
- Do it myself Honda water pump replacement.
- Automotive manufacturers Who owns Jaguar or your make of car now?
Who makes which make of auto now? Ford sold Jaguar to Tata Motors, an Indian car maker, Ford owned Volvo until it recently sold it to a Chinese company.Fiat own Ferrari and BMW owns Rolls Royce!
- Which new or used car suits you?
Which new car should you buy? Which new or used car suits your exact needs? Buying a new or used car advice from the inside.
- How to drive smoothly like a pro with auto or stick shift and save money on tyres, brakes and servic
Want to drive your car like a pro while saving money on tires, brakes and service? Driving expertly is an art. I know that art. Think you can drive? take a look at the video.
- How to save thousands buying a used car.
How to save thousands buying a car. The art of buying a car takes time and experience. I show you how to save thousands when buying your next car.
- Why electric and hybrid cars suck.
Here is the real fuel issue. Environmentalist and motor companies have been wetting themselves over electric and electric hybrid cars for many years now, yet the biggest environmental problems are more urgent...
- The worlds worst handling motorcycles.
Some truly beautiful motorcycles are gonna get a good workout in this short article, as these are bikes I have ridden and found wanting in the handling department. Many of these machine's handling problems...
- Motorcycle repairs and maintenance
- Motorcycle repairs and maintenance2
Many motorcyclists do their own repairs. I know that to be true, as I supplied spare parts to them for 30 years. My motorcycle workshops did a lot of maintenance, but mostly for an educated consumer who were...
- Where does Toyota stand in the future and current?
Toyota is in a terrible pickle with recalls. So where does Toyota stand now? Vehicle recalls will cost Toyota billions in revenue, their hard earned reputation for quality, safety and reliability is in...
- Selling your car for the best price.
The quality of the sale is always a major consideration. You do not want to find yourself being taken to a court or small claims tribunal because your car had a knowable fault that was not made clear to the buyer.
- LPG Gas conversion kit for your car.
With the government subsidy this gets to be a better idea as time goes by.
- The new Honda Accord Euro model.
I have just driven two of the new Honda Accord Euro Australia model. Update the V6 is now available in Australia! The Honda accord is a mid-sized auto that has been around for 30 odd years in Australia...
New model Clarity.
If you own a BMW you may enjoy reading my hubs about design faults and what to look for when running or buying a used BMW.
also have several hubs on buying used cars in general with tips you can
only get from a pro buyer who made a good living out of used vehicles. Unlike the guy on the English TV show "Wheeler Dealer" I cost the mechanic's expected salary in to any car I buy. Every time I watch the show I think "You lost money again!" I don't know how his mechanic gets paid unless it's for TV appearances and producing and presenting the show.
I have many articles on current hybrids including the brilliant Honda Clarity vertical hydrogen fuel cell upgrade for 2010 onwards and a heavily researched hub that totally and completely debunks the "run your car on water" scam.
If you have considered buying a new car, then the choices are not as wide as you may think.
Many of the new cars today, especially compact autos, are based on components from the new parent company. There are many such as the new Volvo which is not a Volvo at all, or many of the brand names being built on a Volkswagen Golf in all ways except body style and trim. You may no longer know where your chosen make or model is made or even who made it unless you stay up with the current buy-outs, factory closures and re-badging.
Many cars are now manufactured in countries that seem well out of step with modern production methods, who have produced absolute rubbish in the past and may do so still for all we know.
Time will tell, but I am not an automotive pioneer in the sense of trusting products made in new plants. If Honda release a new car I would consider it, but if it is manufactured in a country known for it's shonky automotive products with a long history of design faults, I will wait and see before I put my trust in their assembly of my car.
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