An overheating car is a super stressful situation and can really cause a dilly of a pickle for everyone involved. In this blog post, we wanted to take the time to look at what to do when your car overheats, as well as some of the causes and simple checks you can do when it seems you’re up sh*t creek.
This blog post kind of bothers us as mechanics to write but, it’s a good question that really goes into some of the mystifying and marketing that surrounds buying new cars.
The long and the short answer really come down to no, you don’t have to use genuine parts and there’s actually an argument that you shouldn’t use genuine parts either.
While you might not believe it, vehicle manufacturers (such as VW, Toyota and Ford) actually don’t produce many of the parts for their own vehicles. …
Up until quite recently, one of the most common services your mechanic would perform was a ‘tune-up’. A tune-up meant that a mechanic would spend some time with your car, checking how it was running and making any adjustments to get it running smoother, such as changing the spark plugs, resetting gaps and adjusting the fuel flow.
So why don’t modern mechanics talk about tune-ups anymore? Is it all just included under the general term of servicing or should you be making sure to get a tune up with every service??
Well actually, it’s kind of neither of these. A…
COVID-19 has been a confronting pandemic for the entire world and, consistent and extended lockdowns are definitely a painful but necessary situation to help stop the spread and save lives.
But, what happens to our cars when we allow them to sit for extended periods? And, what are some of the simple things you can do to save time and money down the line.
Cars are a really interesting product of modern society and they are a tool of vast importance. …
Tyres are a one of those few things about vehicle ownership that you almost never want to leave to chance but, we spend so much time talking about how much tread is left on a tyre while ignoring the other important things to keep in mind.
Much the same as ogres, tyres are like onions; they have a lot of layers. These layers consist of a bunch of different components and materials including canvas, steel and most importantly, rubber. Even though there are many different layers, the rubber layers are the reason that older tyres are more prone to failure.
While it seems a little pointless for our mechanics to answer this question (because no one has ever asked), it’s a part of buying a car that can have a big impact on your ownership that most people don’t really consider (or really understand).
So, which is better?
It really depends on each particular use case though, more often than not a diesel car will have better fuel economy, behave better on the highway and be easier to drive in traffic. However, more often than not a diesel car is not our preferred choice.
While diesels are a very fuel…
It’s a little-known fact that the average car in Australia is almost 10 years old, which is far older than you might expect.
This causes interesting questions that often centres around maintaining or repairing your car when the time cars, especially given the relative value of the car and the high chance that multiple things will wear out as a car gets older.
Where does that argument stand with most mechanics though?
For many of us (mechanics), our first concern is with your safety. …
Over the course of each month, our Kashy mobile mechanics will get hundreds of quote requests for everything from a car that won’t start all the way through to engines that need replacing. Though we’re flattered that so many people are interested in our service, being a mobile mechanic also means there’s some limitations to what we’re able to do well on site.
Surprisingly, what we can fix on site as mobile mechanics doesn’t always relate to the part but instead to the car that needs fixing. …
This isn’t our way of calling people out but, we have seen a worrying number of people using whatever oil is on the bottom shelf at the servo (or Woolworths) to top up the oil in their brand-new Audi. We’re not necessarily angry that you don’t know better, we’re just disappointed.
That’s why this week, our Kashy mechanics have decided to give you all the tools we use to make sure you’re using the right oil in your car (and to remind you how to check the oil level).
Why is the wrong oil a problem though?
If you haven’t owned an old car (or you haven’t checked your oil lately), it might surprise you to find out that most cars burn oil. On top of this, checking the oil level and topping it up is one of the few things that you as the owner really need to do in order to make sure you can keep your car in good shape (and to keep your warranty).
But why do cars burn oil?
Well usually, motors burn oil by small amounts of engine oil getting past the pistons or valve stem seals and into the combustion…