Three important steps to take when test-driving a used vehicle

Before investing your hard-earned cash in a used car, it is absolutely essential to take it out for a test drive. Only after spending some time behind the wheel will you be able to determine if it's the right car for you, in terms of its functionality, size and road performance. Here are some tips for a successful test drive. Sit and observe Before you begin driving the vehicle, spend some time sitting in the driver's seat and familiarising yourself with the layout and main controls on the dashboard.

Basic First Car Maintenance for the Non-Mechanic

It's not a bad idea to get your car serviced periodically to ensure that it remains roadworthy and safe to drive. However often you get your car serviced is up to you, though the manufacturers manual that accompanies your car should provide you with recommendations on how frequently you should visit a garage. If you're new to driving and this is your first vehicle you may not know how to keep your car ticking over between these periods.

How to Avoid Cylinder Head Lift by Preventing Engine Detonation

If your vehicle has an overheated engine and visible coolant loss, these could be signs of cylinder head lift. This lift is a result of high cylinder pressure, which pushes the head away from the deck surface of your engine. When gasses and fuel enter this gap, serious overheating and head gasket problems can occur. One of the most common causes of cylinder head lift is engine detonation. Detonation is caused by high pressure and intense heat, which can ignite the air-fuel mixture in the combustion chamber spontaneously.

How to Avoid Damaging the AC Compressor in Your Classic Car

Many owners of classic cars are used to conducting basic repairs on their cars. However, some of their actions can have destructive effects. This article discusses some things that you should avoid doing in order to keep the AC compressor in your classic car working effectively. Over Tightening the Compressor Belt  Some compressor belts on classic cars make noise when the engine is revved while the car is parked or in neutral.

Avoid driving with a slipping transmission

The transmission system transforms engine power into motion which allows the car wheels to move. Generally, cars have either a manual or automatic transmission system. The safety aspect makes driving with a slipping transmission a big NO. So what signs would point to driving with a slipping transmission system? Tip 1 One indication that your car is experiencing a slipping transmission problem is when you're driving and your car switches gears when it's not supposed to.