Tow away breakdown blues

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If you are unfortunate enough to have your vehicle suffer a breakdown, knowing how to tow it away safely can become invaluable. Towing sounds like child’s play to many. After all, all one needs to do is to get a rope and attach one end to the stricken car, the other to the towing car and you’re set to roll.

Agreed, its not rocket science but there is a method to be followed. It is essential to only use towing material which is rated to pull the weight of your vehicle. For example a car weighing 1,000kg should not be towed by a rope that cannot handle such weight. Also, remember to add the weight of the driver into the towing equation.

Attaching the tow rope is relatively simple and just requires the use of a screw driver to remove the cover of the place where the tow hook can be firmly screwed in. Just attach the tow rope on it and you’re set

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So your car has had a breakdown? We tell you how to tow it away without problems

All professional tow ropes have a rating for the vehicle weight they can pull. A tow rope rated for 2,000kg or 2 metric tonnes would be able to handle most sedans and smaller cars. Also, never attempt to tow a larger vehicle with a smaller vehicle as you stand a chance of damaging the latter.

Before starting out, always ensure that the car you are going to tow is put in neutral and the handbrake is disengaged. If this step is not taken the wheels will remain locked, which can cause serious damage to your car.

Always keep the keys in ignition ‘on’ position, otherwise the car’s steering might lock. All cars these days come with a tow hook (mostly screw-on type) and specified places one up front and one at the rear, where to attach it on the car.

Fasten the tow rope from the towing vehicle to the car being towed and make sure the fastening is double looped or very secure and made to a sturdy part of the vehicle’s undercarriage if the vehicle is older and does not come with places to attach tow hooks.

Make sure no one is sitting in the car that is going to be towed, except the driver. Having a passenger ride in a towed vehicle is risky. If at all then the passengers should sit in the car which is doing the towing.

Place a sign that is clearly visible to cars behind you that the vehicle is being towed. If not then making use of the emergency lights to convey to other drivers they need to give you an extra wide berth.

Drive no faster than 20 to 30kmph, as higher speeds greatly increase the amount of strain put on your tow cable and the vehicles themselves and can result in a serious risk to safety, possibly resulting in an accident. Remember to limit the distance you tow any car. A tow should not be pushed beyond what it takes to get your vehicle to the nearest workshop.


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7 ways to protect your car from the summer heat


April 2019

Summer is practically upon us and will bring with it, unrelenting heat. Just as the heat affects your efficiency, it will tend to drain the efficiency of your vehicle, as well. Getting stuck in slow-moving traffic could make your car’s temperature shoot up immensely, putting it through a lot of strain. In the long run, this exposure to intense temperatures could damage your car and speed up its aging process.

Just like you have your ways to beat the heat, there are steps that will help your car cope with India’s scorching temperatures, this summer. Most of these can be handled at authorised service centres or dealers. However, given the volume of cars coming in to these centres (especially through the summer heat) it is possible that the dealers may not be able to give your car the care and attention it requires. We suggest you drive down to an independent garage and get personally involved in the processes to brace your car for the heat wave.

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Here are a few areas that require a car-owner’s undivided attention:


Despite playing a key role at the tarmac-level, tyres are one of the most neglected parts of a car. Vehicle owners often forget to check their tyre pressure regularly. In fact, sadly, some owners aren’t even aware of the recommended pressure levels. This cam prove to be particularly disastrous during the summer, when poor inflation can push a car’s tyres to destruction in a very short time.

Poor tyre-pressure management on a hot day could destroy your sidewall since the softer rubber is more prone to damage. On poor roads, this could even result in the tyres bursting. This is due to the excessive flexing or ‘pumping’ of the side wall of a soft tyre; it heats up just like the outside of a cycle pump and this causes the rubber inside to get soft, stretchy and an easy barrier for air to ‘tear’ through. So during summer, make sure you increase your tyre pressure by 3-5psi and keep a close eye on your tyres.

It’s also important to remember is that tyre pressure changes according to the outside temperature. It decreases by approximately 1psi for every 10-degree drop in temperature. As the tyre heats up over the course of the day, it affects the air inside the tyre, which expands when heated during normal running. It is best to check the tyre pressure early in the morning, when it is relatively cooler, if you want an accurate reading and remember to do so at least once every two weeks.

Tyre pressure also needs to be adjusted in accordance with road conditions and vehicle load. For example, a vehicle carrying a full complement of passengers and luggage will require a higher tyre pressure than one with just two occupants.

Remember to check the condition and air pressure of your car’s spare tyre as well – especially since it could turn out to be a life saver on a scorching summer day. Also, get the tyres properly aligned and balanced to avoid excessive tyre wear.


During the summers, a car’s AC takes the most load. Air-conditioning systems, as we all know, are service-intensive. The compressor oil needs to be topped-up regularly to help protect the unit; and there are regular coolant leaks and dust and dirt can cause the system to overload and malfunction. Hence, get your car’s AC unit checked by a qualified technician before the summer heat peaks.

A common summer complaint from car owners is that their car’s air-conditioner takes too long to cool down the cabin. Irrespective of how powerful your AC unit is, it takes time due to all the heat trapped in the car. If your car remains parked under direct sunlight through the day, its interior temperature could exceed the temperature outside by around 10degC, or even more. Once you enter the car, roll down the windows first and let some of the heat escape. Switch to the highest fan setting and wait for a couple of minutes. Once you feel that the car’s interior temperature matching the outside, roll up the windows and switch the AC on.

This technique will significantly reduce the amount of time taken by the AC to cool down the cabin. Also, before leaving the car in parking, keep the windows rolled down by around half an inch to prevent heat build-up.


Everyone and everything need a steady supply of fluids in the summer months. A good quality coolant is one of the most important fluids for your car to get it through the heat. In fact, one of the most common causes of vehicles breaking down during summer is the engine overheating due to low coolant levels. Remember to check the coolant level in your car and top it up if it’s low. If your car is more than three years old, get the radiator serviced before the summer haze – and while you are at it, check for any leaks. Also make sure you use the correct coolant. Using a cheaper one may seem like an attractive option, but it may prove to cause problems in the long run.


Heat will make you burn through engine oil like it’s going out of style. Nothing destroys engine oil faster; and this is especially true if your car has oil which is already old and partly destroyed. So check your engine-oil levels routinely and get it topped up with the right oil. Alternatively, you could also drain the engine oil and use a more heat-resistant grade which is made to retain its viscosity, and reduce wear and tear under extreme operating conditions. Also get the fluid levels of the power steering, brake and transmission units checked, since these could be potential weak links.


While being driven, the car’s engine bay reaches rather high temperatures. Replacing parts once they reach a particular level of wear and tear is important. Otherwise, they won’t be able to withstand the high operating temperatures. Parts like hoses and belts suffer exceptionally more since they are made up of rubber compounds. Once something like a rubber hose gets hardened, it’s only a matter of time until it ruptures. A physical check is really effective in this case. Check all clamps and clips too, and keep in mind that a loose clamp can be due to regular pressure build-up.


Excessive heat reduces battery life by causing the fluid inside to evaporate quicker. It even speeds up the chemical reaction inside a battery, leading to overcharging. Get the battery checked to find out if it’s charging at the correct rate. Also check for any corrosion on the battery terminals, ensure they are free of dirt and that all cable connections are secure. Most new cars come equipped with zero-maintenance batteries; but if your car uses a battery that needs regular distilled water top-ups, check fluid levels more often during the summer.


We normally associate a good coat of wax or polish with something which is only cosmetic. This is incorrect – a good polish will go a long way in protecting your car’s paint from heating up excessively. This is because it forms a layer of protective wax on the paint that reflects a significant portion of the sun’s heat. So polish your car polished before the summers hit and if possible, try and select a polish that adds a layer of protection to your paint as well.

In certain parts of our country, temperatures can rise to as high as 45degC during the day. Extreme heat ends up taking a toll on vehicles. Apart from causing the plastic and rubber components to crack, it can also make the fluids work harder at keeping the engine cool. Check the bits mentioned below, follow our tips and you will be able to breeze through the summer.


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My car won’t start: why, what you can do and troubleshooting

April 2019


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There’s never a good time for your car to refuse to start. It’s easy to take modern cars for granted and assume they’ll always work when we want them to, but occasionally they may not start. Our guide explains what might have gone wrong with your car, and whether you’ll be able to fix it without professional help. Regular servicing and maintenance will help reduce the risk of your car not starting, but there are some factors that aren’t associated with servicing.


There are a number of possible reasons why your car isn’t starting, which we’ll go through below.


The car may have a flat battery


Leaving a light on inside your car is easy to do, but it’ll soon drain the battery. A flat battery is one of the most common causes of a car not starting, but it should be easy to rectify. However, if you haven’t left any lights or electronics on, a flat battery could indicate that there’s a problem with the car’s electrics, or that the battery needs replacing.

You’ll be able to tell that the problem is with the battery if you can’t turn the lights or radio on. If you’re definitely sure you didn’t leave any lights on, it could be time to replace the battery. For drivers of older or high-mileage cars, or if your car battery is repeatedly going flat, it might be worth getting a garage to check whether your alternator is working, as the alternator keeps the battery charged.


How to charge a flat battery


To charge a flat battery, you’ll need a set of jump leads and another car. Jump leads need to be connected to the battery of a car that’s running, and then its battery will charge the flat battery of the car it’s connected to. You can also use a power pack (essentially a big rechargeable battery) to give your battery enough charge – these are available from auto parts stores. For cars with manual gearboxes, you can also try to push-start them; the movement can be enough to get the engine started. To push-start a car (also known as a bump-start), turn the key to the position that turns on the radio and unlocks the steering, but doesn’t turn on the engine. Put the car into second gear and keep your foot down on the clutch – then the car needs to be pushed. As the car is rolling, begin to raise the clutch and hopefully the engine will start. Read our extensive guide to charging a flat battery for more details, or check out our guide to changing your car’s battery.


The steering lock might be on


If the key won’t turn in the ignition, it could be that the steering lock is engaged. This can happen if you turned the wheel as you were taking the key out, or if one of your wheels is against a kerb. Luckily, this is a very easy fix; gently turn the steering wheel from side to side, and keep trying to turn the key in the ignition. Don’t try and turn the key too hard, however, as you could snap it – and that’d make your day even worse. If the steering lock still won’t release, it sometimes unlocks when the car moves. Provided you’re not on a steep incline and there are no obstacles immediately in front of the car, you can try taking the handbrake off and letting the car slowly roll forward a little.


There might be a problem with the fuel


Almost all new cars come with a low fuel warning light, but some are easily ignorable and some absent-minded driving could leave you with an empty car that won’t start. You’ll have to get a jerry can and get to and from the local filling station. If your fuel gauge is broken, you’re obviously more likely to run out of fuel, so it’s worth getting a garage to check it if you think yours isn’t working. Mis-fuelling can also cause the car to break down. It might sound silly, but it’s surprisingly common, especially for drivers that regularly drive both petrol and diesel cars. Most mis-fuelling cases involve petrol being put into a diesel car – diesel nozzles are much bigger, so it’s hard to put diesel into a petrol engine. It could also be due to a clogged or broken fuel filter. A fuel filter makes sure that only fuel is sent around the engine. Fuel filters should be changed every 15,000-20,000 miles, and they should be replaced as part of a major service.


The starter motor could be broken


A car refusing to start can be because of a fault with the starter motor. You’ll know it’s the starter motor at fault if you hear a loud clicking when you turn the key in the ignition. If this happens, the car will have to go to a garage for inspection, and will probably have to have a new motor fitted.


There may be a problem with the immobiliser, security system or key


Most modern cars come with security systems to try to prevent theft. However, you might find that the ignition system doesn’t recognise its own key. If this is the case, the battery is likely to be flat in the key fob. With a flat battery, your remote central locking won’t work either, so replace the battery then try again. Alternatively, if there’s a little bit of charge left in the battery, you can try holding it next to your ignition or start button while you turn the key or push the start button. Next, try your spare key and, if that doesn’t work, you’ll have to reprogramme the main key. Your car’s handbook might tell you how to do that, or you can contact a garage for assistance.


You may have a flooded engine


A flooded engine means there’s too much fuel in the engine. It doesn’t tend to happen on modern cars, as most are fuel-injected so there’s always the correct amount of fuel going into the engine. A flooded engine can be caused by just moving it a few metres – moving it out of a garage or a few paces down the road to a parking space, for example. To restart a flooded engine, press the accelerator down when you’re trying to start the car, but only for a few seconds at a time. After the engine comes back to life, you’ll need to leave it idling for a couple of minutes.



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How to clean your car windscreen inside and out…

March 2019


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DRIVING SAFELY means you need to make sure your car is in good nick. That doesn’t mean you need to be a fully qualified mechanic and perform your own oil change, it just means you need to pay attention to your vehicle.

Get in a habit of checking the tyres and your car’s head and taillights, not all cars will show a warning light if a light has blown. Check the fluids in your car. These are small but very important things.


Don’t use boiling water…be a little patient


Leading with this one because it’s winter and in a lot of places around the country the frosts can be wicked. Indeed, the other day, my own car which had been parked out the front of the house was covered in the sort of frost you expect to find Beyond the Wall in Game of Thrones.

With my wife running late for work the windscreen needed to be cleared of ice. And fast. Now, if you’ve looked around the Web at windscreen hacks you’ll have come across the old ‘trick’ of throwing hot water onto an ice-caked windscreen. And, in theory, it makes sense. You use the hot water to melt the ice. Simple.

Only it isn’t simple. It’s stupid. See, a rapid change in temperature (boiling and frozen) on the surface of the glass can and will cause it to crack. I’ve seen it happen. What about using lukewarm water? This also carries risks but they’re not as great as using boiling water. While using lukewarm water, and I’m talking something like 38-degrees C, is unlikely to crack your windscreen, it could end up making matters worse by freezing onto your windscreen.

What you’re better off doing is using an ice scraper to clear the windscreen and start-up your car with the front windscreen defroster turned on. Unlike boiling water, the defroster slowly raises the temperature of the windscreens to melt the ice. While clearing the ice from the front windscreen, turn on your rear windscreen heater which is a heating element inside the glass. Some cars offer a heated front windscreen as a cost option.


Demisting your windscreen


Depending on the weather you can often find your car’s windows are misted up on the inside. This is to do with moist warm air on the inside and cold air on the outside, causing the mist or condensation. One of the best ways of clearing a misted windscreen is to turn on your car’s defroster/demister and allow the air-conditioning to clear away the mist on the windscreen by drying the air inside the car.

If this happens to you regularly, the inside of your windscreen can often develop a haze. So, it’s important to keep a micro-fibre cloth stashed inside your glovebox and use it to wipe the windscreen after it’s been defogged.


General cleanliness


We’ve dealt with ice and fog on the windscreen but, over time the inside of your car’s windows can become dirty. Personally, I’ve found the best way to clean the inside of your car’s windscreen is with a Magic Eraser. Don’t ask me how the thing works because I think it might be black magic but it’s genius.

Me personally, I don’t like to spray anything onto the Magic Eraser before using it, rather I soak the sponge for about 20 minutes in a tub of water and then wring it out as per the instructions on the package – you want it wet but not dripping wet so that you’ve got some lubrication across the glass. At this point you could also spray a little domestic window cleaner onto the sponge…sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t.

Then I simply wipe the thing all over the windscreen turning it over from time to time to ensure I use all the ‘clean’ sides. Depending on the size of the Eraser and whether you’re doing all the windows inside your car (tip: a good idea) you’ll probably need to wet the sponge again and wring it out.

Now, a word of caution when using these Magic Markers…don’t use them on plastics or leather or your car’s paintwork because they will scratch it. They’re a micro abrasive product. Nor should you rub one spot over and over again or really dig into a stubborn mark. Take heed of the instructions on the box and while I personally use the product to clean my car’s windows, I’m not telling you you absolutely should use this to clean your own windows, if you know what I mean. That should keep the lawyers happy.

Once you’ve given the windows a light wipe then get a microfibre towel and spray either some water onto it or a domestic window cleaner. Never spray a window cleaner directly onto the glass when you’re inside your car (always onto the cloth or sponge first) as the drips off the window and the mist in the air could cause staining on your dashboard.


What about window cleaner in the windscreen washer bottle?


This is one that will spark debate and that’s because most people’s default idea of window cleaner is Windex…and Windex contains ammonia amongst other things that aren’t particularly friendly to rubber, metal or your car’s paint sealer. But, you can get Windex without ammonia and I have used that stuff in my washer bottle. I heavily water down the stuff, though. And I mean heavily…probably so heavily that it’s not really doing anything truth be told.

There are all sorts of windscreen washer additives and I’ve also used the Armor All Windscreen Wash concentrate which did as it said on the bottle and left a nice streak-free finish. Don’t think you can use this on the inside of your windows, though. It’s not for that. Whenever you’re using this sort of stuff make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions; if it says to water it down then do that…

Some forums I’ve read carry stories of those who’ve used washer additives and have found little jelly fish like blobs clogging the filter of their windscreen washer bottle. I can’t really speak to that because I’ve never had that happen to any one of my cars but then I don’t constantly fill with a windscreen washer additive. I would likely top up the bottle with an additive on every third washer bottle fill.


What about windscreen damage…


A small chip or a crack or even a scratch in your windscreen can obstruct your vision. Some minor chips and cracks can be repaired (by an expert) using a clear plastic resin (with the same optical properties as glass) that’s injected into the problem area. You can buy DIY kits but I wouldn’t recommend it.

I must apologise in advance, and call me lazy if you like, but I’ve only looked at the laws relating to window cracks for New South Wales; I would hazard a guess and say the other States and Territories have similar rules. And, according to the latest NSW Vehicle Standards Information (VSI) a windscreen “should be replaced if it is severely chipped, cracked, abraded, badly scratched, discoloured or cannot be repaired to remove the fault”. And “the area of the windscreen in front of the driver extending across the centreline of the vehicle is only allowed to have the following defects (see picture below), a hairline crack up to 30mm long, a crack from the edge up to 75mm long or a bullseye crack/chip up to 16mm in diameter”.


Don’t forget your windscreen wipers


Most people take the wipers for granted but these are a perishable item and need to be cared for to get the most from them. So, next time you wash your car, or every other week depending on the weather spend a minute or two cleaning your wipers and I mean that, dirty wipers can drag grit across your windscreen causing small scratches.

The best way to clean your wipers is to get a tub of warm soapy water and a clean cloth and give the wiper blade a good clean to get all the muck off it. Once you’re done you could then give it a wipe over with a silicon spray but make sure you spray a small amount onto a cloth first away from your car. Give the wiper a good wipe with the sprayed cloth and then wipe it again a few more times with a dry cloth (not the one with the silicon spray); you don’t want silicon being dragged across your windscreen, but the spray with help to lubricate the rubber wiper blade.

Depending on weather, use and care most wiper blades will last around 12 months before needing to be replaced. The things eventually become hard and brittle and rubbish at sweeping water from your windscreen…replace them before they become that bad. In most cases it’s possible to visit an auto accessories shop to buy a new set of wiper blades and replace your old ones; you might want to take the old ones with you to make sure you get the right ones…However, some brands require your mechanic to specially order and replace wiper blades.



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What to do if you fill your car with the wrong fuel

March 2019


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Putting the wrong fuel in your car sounds like the kind of problem that happens to somebody else. But, according to the RAC, it happens every three minutes in the UK – affecting around 150,000 motorists every year.

It’s surprisingly easy to do, especially when it concerns putting petrol in a diesel car, because a petrol pump nozzle will fit into most diesel car filler caps. That’s not to say it’s impossible to put diesel in a petrol car, but the diesel nozzle is larger than the majority of petrol filler necks, making it far less common.

In both cases, do not start the engine. The severity of the problem will depend on how much incorrect fuel you have put in the tank and whether you’ve put petrol in a diesel car or diesel in a petrol car, so we’ll take each scenario in turn.


Putting petrol in a diesel car


Around 95 percent of wrong fuel mistakes occur when petrol is poured into a diesel tank. Sadly, petrol in a diesel car causes more damage, so your wallet is likely to take more of a pounding. Not to mention your pride.

Whatever you do, do not start the engine. Do not even switch on your ignition, as this could kickstart the fuel pump, circulating the mixed fuel around the engine. In a diesel car, the diesel acts as a lubricant, whereas petrol acts as a solvent, causing damage to the fuel system.

Without lubrication, the fuel pump will create internal friction, with the high-pressure injectors also affected. A replacement common rail injector system could set you back thousands of pounds – potentially more than the value of the car.

As soon as you notice your mistake, stop fuelling. If you’ve added a small amount of petrol to a diesel tank, you could get away with filling the rest of the tank with diesel. That’s because a mix of 5 percent petrol and 95 percent diesel is unlikely to damage the fuel system and engine.

Better to be safe than sorry, mind, so inform the staff at the filling station counter, who will either put a cone behind your car to warn other motorists that the pump is closed, or arrange for the car to be pushed away. Remember, do not start it, although turning the key from ‘lock’ to ‘accessory’ might be required to release the steering lock.

Next, call your breakdown provider or one of the misfuelling companies listed on the internet. Alternatively, if you have taken out misfuelling insurance cover, get in touch with your insurance provider who will arrange for the draining and removal of the contaminated fuel.

Insurance cover is unlikely to be provided by your standard policy – research conducted by GoCompare in 2015 found that just 9 percent of comprehensive policies covered the cost of draining and cleaning the tank. A further 3 percent of the policies would provide cover as an optional extra.

Whether you’ve contacted a breakdown company, a misfuelling expert or your insurance provider, wait with your car for help to arrive. Cleaning and flushing the system should take anything from 30 minutes to an hour and will set you back around £200.

Once the system has been drained of petrol, the tank will need filling with diesel and primed to remove any air from the system.

In the worst case scenario – say you’ve started the engine or have driven the car before noticing a problem – you may have to be towed to a nearby garage for further investigation and repairs. This could mean a total bill running into the thousands.


Putting diesel in a petrol car


Filling a petrol car with diesel is a less serious mistake – and the damage isn’t as severe – but you should follow the same steps.

If you start the engine, the spark plugs and fuel system will be coated in diesel, leading to a misfire and smoke from the exhaust, before the car grinds to a halt. Alternatively, the engine will fail to start or just stop.

Again, don’t start the engine – simply call for help and follow the instructions outlined above. The good news is that the damage won’t be serious and no lasting damage will be caused.


How to prevent misfuelling


Most misfuelling errors occur after a lapse in concentration or after a motorist has switched from one type of car to another. Always double check the nozzle before filling up.

If you drive a diesel car, consider buying a misfuel prevention device, such as a Fuel Angel. It replaces the existing filler cap and prevents a petrol nozzle from fitting into a diesel filler neck. They cost £40, which is far cheaper than the cost of flushing the system or more expensive repairs.



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What is an auto-hold brake and is it the same as hill-start assist?


March 2019

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Not all cars have an auto-hold brake function but those that do can make stop-start traffic a more relaxed affair. We explain the difference between auto-hold and hill-start assist.

Auto-hold brake functionality is becoming more and more common on vehicles as manufacturers switch from a manual handbrake to electric handbrakes. And they can make life easier and more comfortable, especially in stop-start traffic, allowing you to give your leg a rest, and not worry about having to apply the parking brake manually or be concerned about rolling backwards when you transition from one pedal to the other.

The auto-hold function is a component of the ABS and ESP system and, once you’ve activated the system by pressing the ‘auto-hold’ button which is usually near your electric park brake switch, it will automatically hold the brake pressure you applied. This means you need to give the brakes a good shove to ensure adequate pressure is applied.

But, once you’ve done that, and the auto-hold light has illuminated on your instrument cluster you’re safe to remove your foot from the brake pedal. The brake will release once the throttle pedal has been pressed.

There are a couple of things to think about. Always check that Auto-Hold is active, don’t just think it is, and while most vehicles with Auto-Hold functionality will remember the last setting (either on, or off) it pays to double check. The other thing to note is that Auto-Hold can only be activated if you’re inside the vehicle with the doors closed and seatbelt fastened. And, if you’re towing a vehicle or a trailer then most car makers recommend you switch off Auto-Hold.

One more, Auto-Hold doesn’t replace your vehicle’s handbrake, so, make sure you apply it before leaving your vehicle.

Some vehicles may have both Hill-Hold and Hill-Start Assist, while the principal is the same, a hill-start assist function is usually only intended to prevent your vehicle from rolling backwards as you transition from the brake to the throttle. An Auto-Hold function is intended to hold the vehicle in place until the throttle is pressed which could be several minutes or more. The hill-start assist functionality is mostly associated with manual-equipped cars where one foot is on the clutch and one on the brake, to keep the vehicle stationary as you raise the clutch and move your other foot from the brake to the throttle.

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Car fuel additives…are they a waste of money?


February 2019

Some fuel additives do what they say on the bottle but the ones claiming more performance or fuel efficiency…there’s next to no evidence to support the claims.

Marketing people get paid a lot of money to hype new products…they’re careful at walking the tightrope between truth and lies, and words like ‘may’ or ‘might’ are the get out of jail cards.

See, if you believe the hype then fuel additives can do everything from boost the octane rating of your fuel to cleaning the engine, to removing water from the fuel to cleaning injectors and on and on the list goes. But, as Public Enemy said, ‘don’t believe the hype’.

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Following the manufacturer’s instructions should see these products cause no damage

The manufacturer’s instructions should see these products cause no damage to your fuel system and engine, but whether they’ll make a noticeable difference in a once-off application is another thing. And you wouldn’t want to make up your own cocktail and tip half-a-dozen bottles of the stuff into a tank of fuel as that will seriously compromise the chemical structure of your petrol and likely to do more harm than good.

While the motoring club, RACV admits these products do work, just how well they work will depend entirely on the magnitude of the problem; with more drastic intervention required (replacement of the fuel injectors or intake valves) if the issue is serious enough.

However, if you own a newer car, and I’m talking something less than 10 years old then adding all these cleaners and what not are generally not going to do much at all. Really, they’re designed for higher mileage cars that might have missed the odd service schedule.

It’s worth noting that car manufacturers don’t support or recommend the use of fuel additives. Rather they suggest sticking with the manufacturer service schedules, using the recommended fuel grade, and keeping your car in good running order.

That said, some additives, like those designed for diesel engines driven in cold climates where diesel can gel and you haven’t filled with Alpine Diesel, can be a necessity. And like a car battery, memory minder, or a multi-stage charger being used to keep a car battery topped up when not being used for a long period, some additives are designed to ensure your fuel doesn’t go off when left standing for very long periods of time.

So, what about those that claim to boost performance or octane ratings? Well, there have been plenty of tests into the use of octane boosters and every single test has failed to find any boost in either the fuel’s octane rating or performance. So, you’ve probably got to ask yourself if you believe science or your next door neighbor on this one.

And then there are some that claim to clean your engine. Well, given that most fuels have to contain a ‘certain amount’ of ‘cleaning agent’ adding engine cleaner is probably a waste of money. That said, that is likely true if you live in the UK, US or Europe but given we don’t really know the levels of cleaning agent included in fuels (both low- and high-RON) in Australia it’s hard to say whether it’s cheaper to buy a bottle of cleaner as opposed to filling up with a high-octane ‘dirt-busting’ fuel.

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Advantages Of Having A SUV


February 2019

Car buyers in India have traditionally been categorized into two main types. The first lot prefer their hatchbacks & sedans. They drive better, their perceived social value is higher (sedans) and they’re easy to handle in the congested driving conditions. The second lot on the other hand, seem to be a bit more practical in their mind. These are the ones that buy SUV cars. Let’s take a closer look at why the second group chooses the type of vehicles that they do:

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Advantages of having a suv

Space is one of the leading SUV advantages that’s offered by prospective buyers when opting to purchase them. Typically speaking, an SUV offers higher cabin space than its equivalent sedan/hatchback counterpart. Not just in terms of legroom, but even the head & shoulder room tends to be higher in SUV’s.

Flexibility too is another forte of SUV’s. There are plenty of SUV’s that come with an additional, third row of seating. These are usually folded and put away in the loading bay, proving to be handy when there’s more than four or five people wanting to travel together. Large Indian families, often prefer SUV cars for this purpose.

Our road conditions being the way they are, having a SUV means that you can travel without fear of damaging the underside of the car and avoiding expensive damages in the long run.

With more and more SUV’s being offered with 4-wheel drive/all-wheel drive capabilities, they are the true, go everywhere vehicles. Where hatchbacks and sedans would have to be parked and left behind, one can easily go further in an SUV, thanks to better traction and dedicated control systems.

Be it in the hustle and bustle of city traffic, or motoring alongside large commercial vehicles on the highway, the high seating position offers a commanding view to the driver. This is one of the SUV advantages, as it can help the driver make informed decisions behind the wheel, during overtaking maneuvers, for example.

In the past, SUV’s had to fall behind their sedan & hatchback counterparts when it came to the all-important fuel-efficiency figures. Advances made in powertrain technologies in recent years have narrowed the gap and in some cases, SUV’s have surpassed their ground hugging counterparts in the fuel-efficiency stakes.

It all boils down to one’s particular needs, when it comes to deciding which type of vehicle is right for you. So the best way is to evaluate one’s situation and go with whatever goes best as per the requirements.

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Maruti Suzuki WagonR – Top 8 accessories


February 2019

Maruti Suzuki displayed two accessorised versions of the new WagonR at the media drive in Udaipur. These are available as direct presets or can be individually chosen. We have listed the top eight accessories worth considering that add an element of charm or practicality in some or the other way.

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1. Body cladding

Apart from the front extenders, the carmaker has designed a robust body cladding for the wheel arches, side body and the bumpers. These give the car a tough look and will help in resisting any direct scratches to the paint.

2. Alloy wheels

All the trims of the hatchback are equipped with steel rims covered with wheel caps. None of the top-spec variants get alloy wheels. These are instead available as options through Maruti Suzuki genuine accessories at dealerships.

3. Door visors

There are different door visors which not only look good, but act as rain guards or wind deflectors.

4. Front grille

The standard grille has a single horizontal piece in chrome. However, one can opt for optional surrounds in chrome or white/orange according to the exterior body colour of the car.

Many accidents occur not only because drivers don’t brake early enough, but also not hard enough. If your car has automatic emergency braking, even better – but don’t ever switch it off.

5. Spoiler

Another cosmetic add-on comes in the form of a rear spoiler that lends a sporty look to the car.

6. Seat Covers

If one doesn’t like the beige fabric on the seats, owners can opt for black leatherette seat covers. These are adorned with funky colours to match the exterior appearance of the car.

7. Interior kit

Furthermore, there are different styling kits inside including options of boston cherry, sunset carbon and silver prism. These surrounds for the door pads, ac vents and gearbox surrounds add some funk to the cabin.

8. Door sills

And in addition to the floor mats, there are three types of stainless steel door guards offered under playtime, casa and robust presets

Individual and preset packaging prices is available on Maruti Suzuki’s website. Alternatively, buyers can be avail the same at any authorised Maruti Suzuki dealership.

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Driving mistakes everyone makes – and how to fix them


January 2019

We’re afraid to say that you may have been driving the wrong way for all these years.

But you’re far from alone. Here’s the Autocar guide to common motoring errors, and how to fix them:

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Incorrectly using the ventilation recirculation button.

You may have a vague idea that this is the button you press (circled here) when you’re trailing behind an old van belching black smoke like it’s a giant container ship. And this would indeed be the right thing to do. But you shouldn’t use it in winter after entering your car, because it will take a lot longer to de-fug the windows.

But you should use it at least temporarily on hot days at start-up because it will get the temperature down the quickest. And while we’re on the subject, on a hot day lower all the windows to allow the hot air out of the car before first setting off; then close them after a few minutes to get the full benefits of your air conditioning.

Not using the parking brake with automatics.

Even some modern automatic gearboxes don’t automatically engage the parking brake when you engage Park and switch off the engine. But you always should engage it, since relying on the transmission entirely to demobilise what might be a heavy car on a hill puts it under a lot of stress it could easily do without.

Additionally, you may go on vacation and end up driving a stick-shift rental car in a hilly area. Having got out of the habit of using the handbrake after you park your car could cause you a great deal of trouble.

Not allowing a space of 3-4 feet in front of you in traffic.

When pulling up behind another car in traffic, always allow a space of around 3-4 feet from the car in front. This allows enough space to always overtake them when they break down or become otherwise immobile.

Not standing on the brakes when you really have to.

If you need to stop quickly, stand on those brakes. Modern brakes are very powerful, and modern tires are very effective in stopping you too. Let them do their work; don’t worry about locking-up – nearly all modern cars have anti-lock brakes (ABS) fitted, and most have stability control and automatic wheel-brake distribution too, which will also help.

Many accidents occur not only because drivers don’t brake early enough, but also not hard enough. If your car has automatic emergency braking, even better – but don’t ever switch it off.

Not using the steering-wheel mounted shortcut buttons.

These were originally invented for safety reasons, not convenience. Once you get the habit of altering functions like the audio system through them, it will ensure you take your eyes off the road far less and you’re much less likely to have an accident.

Not checking your tires.

This may sound like a simple one, but it’s something that’s so readily ignored, and yet your tires are so important. After all, the only contact your car physically has with the road – whether it’s a sports car, a compact or an SUV – are those four small patches of rubber.

So, the law in most states of America requires you to have a minimum of 2/32 of an inch (1.6mm) of tread on your tires, and that’s more or less the same for most developed nations.

How to check? Simply place a penny into your tire’s tread groove with Abraham Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, your tread depth is less than the minimum needed. If your locality is notably wet, it’s safer to replace tires quite a bit sooner. Tire-makers recommend you check your tire tread depth and your air pressure level once per month.

Playing loud music.

We’re all guilty of it. Your favourite song comes on the radio so you automatically crank up the volume. But did you know that playing loud music, while enjoyable, also has a detrimental effect on your ability to focus? This was demonstrated by research conducted by the Memorial University of Newfoundland, which showed a direct link between a higher sound volume and reaction time.

Incredibly, when music was played at just 95 decibels (the average smartphone speaker is capable of over 100 dBA), reaction times increased by 20% across all participants. Additionally, loud music can also mask the noise of your engine, which can make judging your speed more difficult. So if you’re planning on going for a spirited country drive, make sure you turn the radio off.

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