June 18, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Working Under Your Vehicle With Atex Tablets

The European directive that ensures electrical equipment that can create a spark, omit heat or in short start a fire in hazardous areas, has not yet got to the typical car mechanic. It’s quite astonishing really, as more amateur mechanics find themselves under a petrol tank, holding an iPad or tablet watching instructions, writing down serial numbers, or even taking photographs. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 27, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Drivers Must Be Cautious Over Winter Due To Road Health And Safety Risks

The winter has been relatively mild so far – although the UK has seen severe storms and flooding, previous years experienced prolonged cold snaps, with thick snow and ice creating treacherous travel conditions and leading to a huge number of road traffic accident claims. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 30, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Winter Driving – Beat The Freeze

It goes without saying that winter is the most dangerous time of the year for road users. Icy, slush covered roads, frozen windshields, dodgy vision, never mind the potential damage the cold could be doing inside the car. Breakdowns are most common at this time of year – usually double that of any other season. It is now when we must take the greatest care when driving. To help, here are a few quick pieces of advice for a safer and potentially money saving winter on the roads. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 9, 2013 at 2:10 am

What You Need To Know About Buying A Car With A Salvaged Title

Buying a new car can be stressful. Not only is it a time consuming process, but there are so many factors involved, each just as important as the next. It is crucial to know all you can about your vehicle before making the final purchase. Because there are so many things that can go wrong, determine the history of a car beforehand, finding out exactly how previous owners have treated it, and what conditions it has been put through. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm

What Is A Timing Belt And When Should It Be Replaced?

A timing belt or chain is the thing that synchronizes your engine so that the valves and pistons open and close Read the rest of this entry »

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September 27, 2013 at 12:24 pm

How Often Do I Need A Radiator Flush?

If you’re an average Joe like myself you’ve definitely heard of a radiator flush, but the only flushing you have any practical knowledge with would be with the handle attached to your toilet. In fact, you’ve probably had the attendant at your local oil change place or car dealership try to sell you a radiator flush on more than one occasion. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 5, 2013 at 11:21 am

Window Tinting FAQ’s

If you’ve ever had questions about getting your car windows tinted, use this FAQ’s section as a guide in the right direction. Know what to look for when determining your needs, what should come with tinting service and the regulations of the dealer you are working with.

There isn’t a shortage of window tint professionals in your area but that doesn’t mean you should go with the first one you find in the phone book. Not all window tint professionals are the same. Don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions about their window tint service. After all, it is your money.

These are some of the questions that should be asked of the tint professional to ensure you get your money’s worth.

How much will the window tint cost?

The last thing you want is to confirm one price through your initial call only to find out it costs much more when you arrive for installation. Most window tint companies will give you a price range, it is your job to confirm what you are getting, if there are any hidden fees and what the price they’ve given will include. Again, don’t be afraid to ask. If they want your business they will be upfront about cost.

Another thing to keep in mind when confirming the cost of window tint installation is the specials you’ll come across. Keep in mind that the special pricing may be for a basic tint film and nothing extra. If you decide to go with a ‘special’ just to get tint on your vehicle, realize that should you ever want a darker film in the future that you’ll be paying for them to remove what is on your windows now plus a new installation charge for the darker tint. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 9, 2013 at 11:17 am

What Is A Wiring Harness And What Is It Used For?

Automobiles are complex machines, and as such, it takes a ton of materials to make them run.

Many of these components are working behind the scenes. Under the hood lie critical components like the engine and transmission. And behind the interior dashboard, should you venture to open it, you will find a slew of bundled wires that are needed to make the electrical components work.

Among this mess of wires, you will also find one – or likely many – wiring harnesses. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 8, 2013 at 3:03 pm

How To Service Your Car’s Air Conditioning

All car parts and car accessories will age over time and your vehicle’s air conditioning is no different. Even if your air conditioning is working, it may need to be serviced for optimum performance. The specific components needed to service it will vary depending on your car’s make and model number, however this article will give you a general overview of how vehicle air conditioning works. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 24, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Give Your Brakes A Break: Common Signs Your Brakes Need Repair

“When you step on the brakes your life is in your foot’s hands.” – George Carlin

The best way to stay safe when driving your car is to keep up with brake maintenance. Your car brakes are the most important safety feature in your vehicle since it prevents you from, oh say, crashing into other things. The last thing you should worry about when approaching an intersection is the inability to stop when the light turns yellow and whether or not you will be able to stop the car by desperately pulling on the emergency brake. Cars are very good at letting us know they need repair or maintenance since they will often squeal, squeak, or slip in such a way that you exclaim to yourself, “Oh no! Is there something wrong with my brakes?” Don’t ignore the signs your car gives off for brake repair. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 23, 2013 at 11:55 am

Online Car servicing is The Future

Keeping your vehicle well maintained used to involve driving around looking for local garages, or trawling through the local business directory searching for car servicing professionals. However, with everything from clothes shopping to ordering your groceries going online, it is only right that making sure your ride is serviced is digitized also. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 17, 2013 at 11:26 am

5 Steps of Selecting High Temperature Grease

The function of grease and oil cannot be used inter-changeably as many experts believe and recommend. Amateurs might make the error of usage and then bear the consequences in terms of machinery failure or ineffectiveness of grease’s main purpose- providing lubrication. Grease is used for lubrication of different components of machinery in order to keep the contact constant without causing problems of leakage. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 2, 2013 at 9:25 am

The Perks Of DIY Automotive Touch Up

If you have a minor scratch or cosmetic damage to your car or motorbike, you may think the only possible repair is available through an auto body shop. But professional paint jobs are notoriously pricey and can leave you scrounging for change. Rather than taking your car to a garage to attend to surface damage, why not take care of the quick fix on your own? Read the rest of this entry »

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July 1, 2013 at 10:27 am

How To Change Your Jetta’s Oil (Since VW Has To Do Things Slightly Differently)

No one likes to take their car to the shop for anything, and even worse are the dealers.  There’s always a stigma that the dealer is going to charge you double the rate for work that you could probably do yourself.  Say, for example, your new Jetta needs its oil changed.  Skip the Volkswagen service center altogether and do a little DIY job on your car. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 14, 2013 at 12:46 pm

3 Reasons Why Businesses Should Buy Personalised Number Plate

Many people have the misconception that personalised number plates are just for individuals, especially those who are rich and famous. However, this is not true. These number plates can be used by anyone, including businesses. In fact, businesses will greatly benefit from personalised number plates. Today, there are many businesses, who have realised the value of using these unique, innovative and creative number plates for marketing and promoting their businesses. In addition, these number plates can be a wonderful source of investment for businesses. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm

How To Find Suitable Parts For Your Hot Rod

There is no greater feeling than to ride a fast car. A hot rod is indeed the ideal toy for the big boys. Maintaining your vehicle is quite expensive, but if it is your passion, then no amount of money will hold you back.

Your goal is to make your hot rod faster than everyone else’s and nicer as well. Whether you are just starting or you’re a hobbyist already, there are several things to consider in finding the right parts for your racecar: Read the rest of this entry »

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June 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Getting The Most Out Of Your Suzuki

Suzuki Motors started out building weaving looms for the Japanese silk industry in the early1900s. It is that attention to detail that makes them such a giant in the automotive industry. Any car, regardless of manufacturer or model, requires regular maintenance to run at peak. It takes care at home and on the road, plus scheduled upkeep at the local Suzuki service center, to extend the life of your ride and regulate the fuel usage. Consider some ways that you can get the most from your Suzuki vehicle. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 13, 2013 at 10:51 am

Use Of Lubricants On Car Brakes

Brakes are used in a car to halt the speed and stop by using the concept of friction. A drum in the wheel of the car is attached to the brake pads and when the driver presses on the brake pads the car slows down and eventually stops. Lubricants are used to stop friction from causing when one metal rubs another as that generates an excess amount of heat, degeneration of material and lots of other damage. The brakes need the use of lubricants in order to function properly and avoid any danger in driving a vehicle. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 5, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Unknown Facts About Volkswagens

The Volkswagen brand is one of the most well-known car brands in the world and they’ve been in business since the 1930s.  It’s safe to assume that you or someone you know drives a Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Beetle, or other popular Volkswagen vehicle.  Volkswagen cars are popular, but there are still things about this brand some people don’t know about. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm

The 10 Most Common Causes For Car Breakdowns

Whether it happens in the middle of the uninhabited countryside, in the dark of night or when it’s chucking it down with rain, breaking down is never an enjoyable experience.

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May 26, 2013 at 10:28 am

ECU Remapping – The Secret To Unlocking Your Vehicles Full Potential

Many drivers have been disappointed by the performance and economy figures that are returned by their cars. Very often these statistics will deteriorate over time as the vehicle gets older and clocks up more mileage. Fuel costs rise continually, so when combined with less mpg it can hit motorists hard.

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Of course changing your car for a more economical one is certainly one option to improve things. However, this can be a little on the expensive side, especially if you want to improve the performance aspect at the same time. This is perhaps why an increasing number of motorists are turning to specialised ECU remapping services that can eke out more power as well as helping the engine run more efficiently.

If you are unfamiliar with this particular area then stick around, as this blog post will aim to shed some light on the benefits of using an ECU remapping service.

Understanding the ECU

Before we delve too far into the technical side of how things work it is probably a good idea to understand a little more about the ECU. Put simply this is the brain that controls the vehicle engine. The original term of engine control unit has been replaced by the acronym ECU.

When the car is manufactured the factory will use a pre-set program that controls how the power is delivered. Additionally this will also govern other aspects of the vehicle, notably the fuel economy side of things. The important issue here is to know that things haven’t necessarily been set up for optimum performance or economy. Some of the reasons for this are that manufacturers have to allow for poor quality fuels as well as infrequent servicing regimes.

Performance Tuning

If you fall into the category of vehicle owners that would like to have additional power available then performance tuning is well worth a look. Here adjustments are made to the ECU that helps to unlock the full potential of your car.

These changes can be applied to both petrol and diesel vehicles and are likely to produce immediate and exciting results. The important thing here is that you don’t have to have a sports car to have the ECU remapped.

The remapping function will change many of the present routines that focus around engine operation. These revolve around amending some of the programmable read only memory elements in the ECU system.

Drivers can expect to see improvements of up to 35% on the BHP and engine torque. Put simply, this will mean that your vehicle will not only accelerate quicker but it will also have a much lower down pulling power.

Many drivers place far too much importance on BHP, yet it is essential to realise that this figure is only available when driving the car at the top of the rev range. Perhaps a more important factor that demonstrates performance comes in the shape of engine torque. This figure signifies the low down pulling power of a vehicle, or in many respects the vehicles driveability.

Economy Tuning

Increasing energy and fuel costs have forced drivers to look for more efficient engine set-ups. As discussed earlier, without ECU remapping the only viable solution is to physically change the car. However many people find the cost if this prohibitive to the saving that they are trying to achieve in the first instance.

Thankfully by carrying out an ECU remap drivers are able to eke out additional fuel savings, sometimes by up to 20%. Put simply this is the equivalent of filling your car up five times but only paying for four of them.

As well as increasing vehicle fuel economy, drivers are likely to see other benefits:

  • Smoother power delivery
  • Wider range of power
  • Reduction of turbo-lag
  • Improved low down torque

All of the above add up to a much improved driving experience, which over time will probably pay for itself with the positive savings in fuel costs.

Ian Phillips is a blogger who believes that ECU remapping is the best way to unlock your vehicles true potential. Specialist companies like Tuned2Race can help you to get more from your car in terms of fuel economy and improved power levels.

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May 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm

3 Most Common Reasons To Replace Your Car Windshield

Once upon a time, no one questioned that a damaged windshield should be replaced. A crack or puncture weakened the structure and made further damage almost inevitable. Modern techniques have made it feasible to repair some windshield damage, but in some cases the best option is still total replacement.

When the damage is too bad to repair:

A hole in a windshield larger than an inch in diameter or a crack more than three inches long will require replacement. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 24, 2013 at 11:45 am

Checking And Replacing Brake Pads

The majority of new cars will have disc brakes fitted at the front and at the rear of the vehicle, with a few smaller models still using drum brakes at the rear of the vehicle. However the material which is used for braking on these brake pads gradually wears, which is why the pads are checked at your annual service and on your MOT. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 1, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Purchasing Replacement BMW Parts

Factors to Consider 

BMW is an established auto company with a reputation for performance and style. When the time comes to fix or replace any parts, most owners of BMW don’t usually consider purchasing aftermarket items. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 1, 2013 at 9:20 pm

How To Customize Your BMW

Purchasing a BMW luxury car doesn’t have to limit the activities you do when you’re not in your car. In fact, you can have all of the fun of driving a luxury car and experience the best of the outdoors by considering several perfect accessories for your BMW. Here are seven ways you can customize your BMW to fit your lifestyle:

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March 30, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Working With Fuel Using Atex Equipment

It is accepted that until we are driving around in electric cars, fossil fuels are the main energy source to our vehicles. Here lies a safety challenge that fossil fuels are flammable and prone to explosion and in a 21st century world where most things are done an researched with electrical or electronic devices which are all prone to sparks. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 26, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Electric Cars Breakdown Differently – Know What To Look For

Love them or hate them, the heightened awareness of global warming and the rising costs at the gas pump have forced manufactures to produce more economical fuel-efficient vehicles. Although many people still sit on the fence about the potential of this vehicle, there are plenty in circulation to prove that they measure up as a viable option. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 21, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Is The 3M Clear Bra Worth The Cost?

Every car owner is different. Each of has something different we want to accomplish with our vehicle. Some are focused on function and performance, others on aesthetics. Some view metallic scars with pride, using the dings and nicks to tell stories of exploits and that one death-defying near miss. For many, a scratch or dent is an obtrusive inconvenience that must be taken care of in a timely manner. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 21, 2013 at 4:18 pm

What Is It About A Nissan?

The Nissan brand of automobiles has been an international staple in the industry since the first Datsun rolled off the assembly line in 1935. Over the years, the company has remained a pioneer in automotive technology by creating award-winning engine designs and advanced electronics to enhance the ride. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 15, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Looking After Your Car’s Paintwork

The paint on your car isn’t just there to look shiny. It’s an important protective layer and so you need to look after it.
Your car’s paint is constantly under attack from sunlight, rain, bird droppings, tree sap, road salt, tar and various other substances. Modern cars often have softer paintwork than old models thanks to the water-based processes used so it’s more important than ever to properly protect it. This is equally true of metallic finishes that have an extra clear coat over the paint. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 12, 2013 at 10:08 am

Common Auto Electrical Problems and How to Fix Them

Your auto electrical can give you all kinds of problems. Because most modern cars have pretty sophisticated computers in them, fixing many of the electrical issues in your car may be a little bit above your pay grade. Still here are some common electrical related issues for your car. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 4, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Making Sense of New Tyre Labelling

The fact that pan-European tyre labelling legislation has been live since November 2012 may not be the most exciting news you’ve ever heard. But if it helps save your life, and those of your loved ones through additional safety measures, plus saves you money through improved fuel efficiency, then we think it’s probably worth sitting up and taking notice.

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March 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm

How hard can it be to change a tyre?

Ever since the invention of the automobile, there has been the issue of worn tyres and how to change a flat one. Unfortunately, over the decades, a general belief has arisen that says changing a tyre is hard and can only be carried out by a trained mechanic. It is true that changing a tyre can require a little bit of knowledge and that it is an important task to get correct – perhaps these two reasons are why people would rather leave the responsibility of changing their tyre to someone else.

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March 2, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Common Fuel Injection Problems And How To Fix Them

One of the big concerns with your car is getting good fuel economy. You want your car to run strong, with the increasing prices of fuel you need your gas to last long, and you want to be sure that the miles you are getting are “efficient.” That may sound a little vexing because how do you determine what is auto efficiency but you basically know what kind of miles to the gallon you should be getting. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 27, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Common Auto Airconditioning Problems And How To Fix Them

Our air conditioning is how we power through the hot months. It’s no real news that when the heat is pounding down outdoors and the AC gets on the fritz that becomes a real issue. In the car is especially problematic. Whether it’s a family road trip or your daily commute you don’t want to be uncomfortable so the auto air-conditioning is vital. There are several common auto AC problems and several simple solutions for how to solve them. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 13, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Basic Car Maintenance

How long is it since you lifted the bonnet onyour car and checked what was going on with the engine? Even if you have little understanding of how the internal combustion engine works, you can avoid a trip to the mechanic by taking on some of the more basic aspects of mechanical work yourself, and you don’t really need much specialist knowledge and equipment to get started. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 8, 2013 at 10:52 am

Rebuilt Engines Put Car Owners In Overdrive

All car owners hit the panic button when their car engine conks out or is on the deathbed. In their panic, they rush to buy a new or used engine, without considering buying a rebuilt engine. And, that’s where they go wrong. Here are a few reasons why these buyers must choose rebuild engines: Read the rest of this entry »

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February 5, 2013 at 3:57 pm

5 Point Inspection And Maintenance Of Disc Brakes

Rule of thumb and good disc brake maintenance is to inspect your disc brakes and brake linings at leaver every 10000 miles. Check more often if your brakes unexpectedly jerk and pull to one side or make squealing noises. If your brake pedal pulsates when you push on it definitely have your brakes checked. It is easy to confuse the fluttering feeling with the normal pulsation of ABS brakes, but irregular fluttering is concerning. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 4, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Why Ensuring Your Wipers Are In Tip-Top Condition Can Prolong The Life Of Your Windscreen

You’re unlikely to give your windscreen/windshield wipers much thought until the winter, and even then you probably only notice that something may be amiss when you find yourself trying to peer through unsightly smears on your glass.

But think about this – the rubber which actually does the work in keeping a windscreen clear has to face up to many challenges, not least that it is expected to produce excellent results, wiping away not just water but other fluids and nasty substances which accumulate on a car’s windscreen  in all conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 25, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Petrol An Sparks Can Equal Explosion, Solution Atex Equipment

You have probably seen the signs on a patrol station forecourt regarding not using your mobile phone because of the risk of fire or explosion. I’ve never really understood the reason, as there is probably around a few milliamps flowing through a phone, but when an engine is started after filling, a full 40amps is pushed through the spark plugs, not to mention radios, windscreen wipers and anything electrical on the car. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 22, 2013 at 11:19 pm

A Dealership Is More Than Just A Place To Buy A Car

When most people think about car dealerships, they picture rows and rows of clean cars, balloons and sales people. But dealerships offer so much more than just a place to buy a vehicle. The Ford dealership and service department offers ongoing service to car owners and a partner in keeping your car running smoothly. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 21, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Top Tips To Keep Your Tyres Doing What They Should Be On The Road

The forecast has come in, it’s going to snow – so what should you do to keep your car on the road if you have no alternative but to plough on through the white stuff to get the kids to school and yourself to work without a raised eyebrow from the boss?

This blog aims to give you a guide detailing the best things to do to keep on top of your tyres should it snow this winter. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 20, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Components For Rubber Tracked Machines

The weather in the UK is bad again and as usual airport trains and many roads come to a stop even though we were all expecting the snow. For some reason other countries deal with it better and one reason could be their choice of vehicles.  Read the rest of this entry »

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January 18, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Uses of Remote Car Starters

Snowfall is heavy upon the icy sidewalk. The wind is whipping the freezing loose snow into the air. You see all of this as you stare out of your window, wishing you could sleep for another hour but knowing you have to be to work soon. Suddenly a joyful thought hits you; you have just purchased a remote car starter. No longer do you have to wait in a freezing car for it to warm up. You now have the luxury of sipping on one more cup of hot coffee before entering your warm car. Since you’re a responsible remote car starter owner, you have read through the manual after you bought it. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 14, 2013 at 9:24 pm

How To Prepare your Car For A Long Journey In Cold Weather

The cold weather over the winter and into the spring can cause havoc on the roads and create major issues for drivers trying to commute to work and get around the country. At this time of year it is more important than ever to ensure that your vehicle is in the best possible condition and that you’ll be able to rely on it when the conditions on the roads become tough. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 12, 2013 at 1:58 am

More About Excavator Parts And Rubber Tracks

We specialise in autos but there are other types of machinery that regularly need a good supply of spares to keep their vehicles running and reliable. Machines such as mini excavators and diggers are more in our lives than we may think from assisting in the building of your home, to clearing snow in winter, to general excavation at your local park. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 10, 2013 at 8:58 pm

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Rebuilt Engines

Rebuilt engines are used machines that have been dismantled, checked, cleaned and then completely overhauled and reconstructed in such a way that they conform to the latest manufacturing standards.

These overhauled engines have advantages and disadvantages attached to them, and these are:

“Green” Advantages
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January 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm

More Information About X5 Performance

Performance Parts

From the first day you invest in a BMW, all eyes will be on you and your car. Maintaining your car’s appearance and keeping it working to its fullest potential is incredibly important when driving a BMW, especially if you want to keep your vehcile running like a race car. Investing in X5 performance parts for your X5 series BMW can help keep your vehicle looking its best and running as if it was brand new.
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January 9, 2013 at 9:56 pm

The BMW X6 Performance Parts

The BMW X6 is an amazing series of SUV’s that delivers on satisfaction. The  exquisite looks and excellent performance leaves the rider with a sense of traveling in a high performance luxury sports car. All avid drivers  know what it means to want your engine to give maximum performance. BMW is also keen on performance and sought to help their X6 customers achieve this by offering them various performance components to help boost their vehicles. BMW promises that the X6 performance parts will not only make your SUV a more fun ride, but your twin turbo engines will also have something extra to play with. Following the installation of any X6 performance unit, your engine will become more powerful and gain more flexibility.
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January 9, 2013 at 9:41 pm

It’s Possible to Get Overheated in the Winter…for your Car Anyway

We’ve all been there before. You’re driving along and, all of a sudden, the temperature light goes on. Before you know it, steam is escaping out from under the hood, and you have to pull over.

During the summer, at least it can be justified because it’s hot outside. If it’s hot outside then the engine under the hood must be stifling. However, during the wintertime, you may be a victim of overheating as well, which is bad because you’re usually not ready for it.  And there’s nothing worse than being stranded in the cold.

Let’s take a look at how the cooling system of an internal combustion engine works, from heat exchangers to anti-freeze, so you have a better idea of how to fix the problem before you’re stuck on the side of the road.

Why would the engine overheat when it’s so cold outside?
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January 9, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Basic Car Maintenance Essential for Performance

If you are like most Americans, then your car serves as your connection to the world. It’s how you get from point A to Z and everywhere in between. Without your car, you can’t get to work, soccer practice, or that special dinner with your sweetheart. Maintaining your car at a Ford Service Center is the key to making sure your car continues to keep you connected to the things you love to do now and into the future. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm

How to Winterize Your Car Like a Pro

Just like winter plays havoc with your skin and hair your car is also subject to a great deal of stress. Before your hit the snowy roads take a little time to winterize your car. By taking a few basic precautions you will impact comfort & safety and most likely extend the life of your vehicle. I asked my friend Thomas who runs an emergency road assistance service to provide me with his best five tips to get your car ready for winter Read the rest of this entry »

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January 8, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Preventative Maintenance: Automobile Hoses

Cars don’t last forever and the same goes for their parts but regular inspection of your car and consistent preventative maintenance measures will help it last longer. With regular fluid flushes, replacement of worn belts and cracked hoses, and even rotating tires; you’re car will get thousands more miles. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 6, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Is It Normal for My Car to Leak?

A lot of people wonder if it’s okay for their cars to leak. The answer here is “no.” Cars should not leak. If your vehicle is leaking, do the following: see what is leaking, check where the leak is coming from, and address this right away. Keep in mind that a leak is not just a leak. It could indicate a more serious problem. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 6, 2013 at 1:41 am

Top 5 Most Common Car Problems And Tips How To Avoid Them

Let’s be clear about something right of the bat – servicing your car regularly will help you avoid a whole heap of problems. As a car gets older you will need to take it to the shop for minor repairs and perhaps even some major reconstruction. Fixing a car isn’t that hard – it takes some know-how, the right parts and some elbow grease – but it is best if you don’t have to spend a lot of time and money if you don’t have to. This is where the old saying “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure” comes to mind. Here some of the most common problems people experience with their cars and relatively simple ways to avoid them. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 5, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Know More about Ferrari Servicing

Owning a Ferrari is the ultimate!  You sure are part of an elitist group that has the resources to own one.  If you can own it, maintaining one should not be a big deal.  The car and the brand are noted for their high performance standards and you will not find yourself too often in a situation, where you need to go to a mechanic to fix something on this dream car.  All you need to do is carry out the regular servicing required for the best performance of your car.  These include the regular oil change, brakes check up, gaskets, hoses and belt checks, with a look at the wheel alignment and overall multipoint inspection.  Going to the dealer is highly recommended for this super luxury car.  Go only for company recommended spares and parts.  There is no question of compromise on this part.  There are a number of independent specialists in Ferraris offering their services too.  Maintenance of these cars are not way to expensive as it is thought to be.  It would require major servicing once in probably 2 years.  The other regular checks are not going to cost too much. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 4, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Five Simple DIY Car Inspections You Need to Perform Regularly

Think the only person who can look under the car and spot a potential problem is your mechanic? Wrong – you can very easily perform these inspections to your car by yourself. Do them regularly to keep your car in tiptop shape.
Inspecting Your Tires

Tires that are underinflated are dangerous to drive on because they’re more likely to blow out. They also cost you money because they lower your fuel efficiency and wear sooner. To check your tires, buy a tire gauge (about $10) at an auto center store. Unscrew the cap on each tire (including your spare) and press in the gauge to get a reading. If they’re low according to the pressure listed in your door jam, fill them. Also, test their wear by putting a penny upside-down into the tire grooves. If Lincoln’s head is showing, you need to replace your tires immediately.
Inspecting Your Oil
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June 28, 2011 at 10:23 am

Nissan Launch One New Vehicle Every Six Weeks

Japanese manufacturer Nissan have revealed a new six year business plans that will see them release a new vehicle on average every six weeks.

‘Nissan Power 88′ will be implemented immediately, running through until 2016. By then Nissan hope to have increased its global corporate operating profit to a sustainable 8% and its global market share to 8%, hence the name 88. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 20, 2011 at 11:56 am

Renault Vans popularity

FRENCH VEHICLE MANUFACTURER, RENAULT.

French vehicle manufacturer, Renault is still one of the UK’s most popular vans, and its current hot seller out of all popular van parts and van models range includes the old favourites: Read the rest of this entry »

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June 14, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Ford Reveal Mondeo Facelift

After months of rumours exclusive photos have revealed that the Ford Mondeo has indeed undergone a dramatic face-lift.

As with the latest update of the S-MAX the Mondeo has received subtle but massively noticeable work on both the front and back bumpers and the light fittings. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm

BMW Join Nissan In Expanding Their UK Manufacturing Market

Japanese manufacturer Nissan have had their their thunder stolen as German firm BMW announced they would be investing almost double what the Asia-Pacific automaker is into the British market.

Bayerische Motoren Weke AG (BMW) told The Telegraph yesterday that they will be manufacturing the 2012 BMW Mini model at a yet unnamed plant, taking the total investment this week to around £700m. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Ebay Auctions Successful At Selling, But Not Usually The Cheapest Option

Forbes online this week reported on eBay’s announcement that ebay motors’ sales of cars and vehicle spares through its mobile app has increased to 2,000 and 90,000 respectively, which is impressive. The question remains, however, does ebay motors offer vehicle part consumers the very best online deals? Is this what the statistics suggest? Read the rest of this entry »

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June 6, 2011 at 9:38 am

Automotive Firms Trailing In The 2011 Technology Race

The latest Toyota Avensis models comes with a built in USB point, something many expected would be able to charge mobile phones as is the case with the latest Audi A5 taking away the need for dated cigarette-lighter chargers (something the majority of new vehicles don’t have) but this was not the case and is something that opened up a new debate. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 3, 2011 at 10:37 am

Traffic Congestion Falls As Car Maintenance And Repair Costs Rise

Statistics released by the Highways Agency has shown that people are completing journey quicker due to the drop in vehicles on the road.

Official government figures have supported this showing that only 70% of drivers now use their vehicles to commute to work. According to the Automobile Association this is the result of high petrol costs and increasing car maintenance. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 25, 2011 at 10:59 am

Mercedes Vito Vans Go Electric

As more manufacturers turn towards plugs rather than pumps Mercedes Vans have announced they plan on releasing their Vito in an electric version and putting it on the hire market.

The new van will be a direct port of the current Mercedes Vito which has been one of the top selling models in Europe. A spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz said: “We have to find solutions for enabling low-emission delivery operations as well as low-emission public transit”. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 25, 2011 at 10:21 am

Jaguar Spares Help Restore £5 million E-Type

The most valuable Jaguar E-Type has been rebuilt using 90% original scrap parts.

The vehicle which is valued at over £5 million took nearly 7,000 hours to restore, 47 years after being destroyed in a crash in France. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 25, 2011 at 9:51 am

Renault Vans Offering £6000 Discount

Renault is offering potential customers up to £6000 off its new range of vans.

The deal is available to any customer purchasing a Renault Kangoo, Traffic or Master with the discount increasing with the model and specification. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 13, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Land Rover Recall Over Radius Arm Link

Land Rover have announced a free repair program for any vehicle produced or purchased between 2007-2011. The announcement comes after reports that a faulty chassis part at the front of the cab causes the vehicle to split in two. Whilst this news might have some negative impact on new Land Rover car sales, it is not envisaged that this will have any downward pressure on demand for used Landrover parts. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 3, 2011 at 4:04 pm

New SAAB owners got expectations wrong, on purpose?

Saab had to halt production several times in the past few months as the cash ran out as sales had not reached expectations. Production ground to a halt because unpaid suppliers had halted deliveries. Apart from hitting hard consumer confidence on new Saab car sales, it is unlikely to have any knock-on effect on demand for used Saab parts, which remains steady. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 27, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Find The Right Van Spares Too

It may not seem so obvious but many parts fitted to modern cars also can be used in vans too, plus there are a group of van breakers that can supply more difficult to obtain light commercial components. That is why we started VanSpareFinder some time back, because we understand there are more light commercial vehicles out there than one might immediately think. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 4, 2010 at 9:04 am

Toyota Announce Quarterly Profits In Excess of £1billion Despite Recall Crisis

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota today announced they would be posting quarterly profits of around $2.2bn, making them the worlds biggest automaker.
This is a reverse from a year earlier when the company found themselves working at a loss. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 21, 2010 at 9:02 am

Piston Coating Can Reduce Fuel Emissions And Lower Consumption

A revolutionary new piston being produced by Federal-Mogul Pistons can reduce both Emissions and Consumption and has a longer life. 

The part which has been coated with EcoTough has been developed in the companies Michigan plant and can also be used in current engines as a replacement part. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 20, 2010 at 9:04 am

Mercedes Developing Nine Speed Gearbox

A Mercedes-Benz engineer has revealed that the German manufacturers are currently developing a nine speed gearbox.

The innovation is thought to be being developed for larger cars, possibly the Viano and S classes. The leak comes on the back of an announcement by Mercedes saying that they have had the best June in the history of the company, with sales up 15% from June last year. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 19, 2010 at 8:44 am

The Sound Of Nothing

Car owners may soon be able to personalise the sound of their engines say leading motor engineers.
The option could be available on the upcoming electric cars as they currently make little noise, making it hard for pedestrians to hear them coming and possibly causing accidents.
 Car manufacturers are developing a system that runs through a waterproof speaker and allows the car to emit a noise at all times, getting louder the faster the car accelerates. This would allow visually impaired pedestrians to judge how far away the vehicle is. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 15, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Changing Front door in Honda Accord:

The Honda Accord is manufactured with front Disc brakes and that includes major things like rotor, calipers and pads that use friction to stop the car. I wont lie to you and removing the window door of Honda Accord can be easy yet tough. You need to have some of the screws and tools that will help you in removing the front door. If you are an automotive enthusiast then only you should try to remove all the doors and windows by yourself otherwise you can call a professional to help you do so. If your window is getting old and you want to replace it then you can very easily do so. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 15, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Vauxhall Astra-Arctic-16V Alternator: Charge it

During last few years, I was having terrible problem with my Vauxhall Astra-Arctic-16V alternator and I tried to install it again and again but didn’t see any success. I had to install 10 SI alternators. I experienced few things while I was installing them. The first was when initially started, that too at choke speed, my alternator was able to produce 14.6 Volts that too with or without light load. Within a short drive the power remained between 14.3 V and 14.7 V and that too when the lights were on. Soon at a stoppage, the power dropped and that came to 12.4 V with lights off. Soon it returned back to 13.0V at slow rpms. This kind of higher voltage reduced voltage to 12.4V and 11V and in the case when the lights were on. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 14, 2010 at 8:57 am

Better With Age. New Demand

A Department Of Transport survey today revealed that there has been an increase in the age of cars still on Britain’s roads.

The rise has been put down to the increasing  amount of people who are maintaining their vehicles and servicing them rather than trading in for a new model. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 12, 2010 at 8:59 am

200 Jobs Could Go at Car Parts Plant

Negotiations to save 200 jobs at a Swansea car part factory are due to begin.

Linamer bosses will meet with union leaders in order to sustain work at the plant.  The Union Unite claim its members were promised in 2008 that engine work would continue at the site.

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July 8, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Transit Production to Stay in UK

Production of Ford Panel vans will remain in the UK until 2012. 

After axing 1,100 jobs last year, Ford announce that they have extended producing the vans in the UK to 2012 Read the rest of this entry »

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July 6, 2010 at 9:31 am

Changing gear, changing times.

More and more innovative ways of changing gear are being produced.  From the older more traditional style manual gear boxes to fully automatic and flappy style gear change mechanisms.

With an increasing range of technology on new cars, there are always new innovation and ideas.  However can you have too much of a good thing. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 4, 2010 at 9:09 am

More funding for Commuter Transport in London, but Recycling ignored by Government

Commuter Car Clubs are to receive increased benefits from the Government. The Transport minister Norman Baker announced on Friday a package to support commuter car club development in the UK.  These are set to receive an extra £40,000 of Government funding. However there seems little to support the Green Used Car Part Recycling Sector supported by companies like Engine Finder. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Looking to the Future.

Auto manufacturers continue to go green but what will happen and the other end of the car market?

This week Land Rover revealed it new Baby Land Rover, Toyota began UK production of its Hybrid Car and even Porsche have just unveiled their first Hybrid motor in the shape of the second generation Cayenne.  Many will be aware of great changes ahead, with cars and the way they are made.  In particular, the way they are powered and the materials they are made from.  Although it will take a few years to affect the spares market; how will it affect the spares market? Read the rest of this entry »

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July 2, 2010 at 10:02 am

Driving on the motorway doesn’t cause any ‘arm’

Drivers  were shocked to see what they thought was a human limb on the motorway

Police had close a section of the M62 yesterday after a plethora of drivers reported seeing what they thought was a human limb. The limb turned out to be a plastic arm however, it still brought chaos and misery to many as the Police had no option but to close the road. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 1, 2010 at 11:06 am

UK Car Makers told: No More Handouts

By Lloyd Cole-Nolan

The automotive industry was told yesterday that it will be receiving less help from the Government.  Vince Cable (Business secretary) speaking before an address at The Society of Motor manufactures (SMMT) warned that there would be no more hand outs.  Mr Cable said We are not in a subsidy war and I am not going around with a cheque book around the British car industry. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Parts For Your Car Where to Look.

Finding parts for your pride and joy (or sometimes just a means of transport) is full of choice.  From well known large companies such as Halfords to your local scrap dealer. One of the market leaders is Halfords, originally opened originally as a wholesale ironmongers in 1892.  As of December 2008, Halfords has 455 stores nationwide.  One of Halfords main competitors is Motorworld, whom claim to be the largest independent  accessories retailer with stores nationwide and over 40 years experience. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 11, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Genuine Replacement Headlamp to be more secure

When I got my Ford F-150, I was more than happy and tried to give it the best maintenance I could. With everything perfect, later I got some issues with the head lamps and it was tough for me to find a good deal with the spares needed. Head lamps are the most crucial items of Ford and it is important for its safety features. Headlamp functions very well as they allow the driver to have increased visibility in evening hours or even when you are driving in bad weather conditions. Headlamp makes the things very clear and visible in your surroundings when you are driving in such harsh weather or climate. This helps you in getting away from any kind of unhealthy accidents on road. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 29, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Car Windscreens and April Fools

Every year companies like BBC do something special to celebrate april fools, this year, Tom Chilton and auto windscreens decided to do the same. They produced this very convincing short documentary about prescription glass being applied to his teams race cars to give them the edge during the race. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 1, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Toyota Yaris 1.01 S 3DR Replacement Body Panels

At the end of November 2009 in a sleepy village on the edge of the North Moors National Park, in the village of Ampleforth, my eight year old Yaris was parked opposite the White Swan (Restuarant) Pub (I am led to believe has an excellent reputation for good pub grub). However on this particular night I had left my car there. As I am not a frequenter of pubs I did not go into the White Swan. The following morning when I returned to collect my car, some thoughtful person had left their signature on the N/S (Passenger’s side) Rear Quarter panel (a sizeable dent and juicy scrape)! Read the rest of this entry »

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September 18, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Water powered vehicles and the future

Teddy Kline, engineer, patented his invention to convert h20 to Hho. Originally designed to run an ‘water burning engine for cutting metal’. However he baegan to see the possibilities for his innovation, and so he converted a 1994 Ford as a protoype to run on water, based in Clearwater, US. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 28, 2009 at 3:45 pm

New AutoQuote System

In order to improve your experience with CarSpareFinder we have adopted an auto quote system for our suppliers. This means that for some car part suppliers they can add their prices and availability of a specific item and if that matches a request you the consumer will get a price immediately. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 17, 2009 at 12:03 pm

How An Engine Works In 3D

We had posted this clever 3d animation clip on our CarEngineFinder blog but though it was so good it should also appear on our main CarSpareFinder blog. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 7, 2009 at 10:50 am

Recycling car parts

Incredibly vehicle part consumers insist on genuine recycled vehicle manufacturer parts as opposed to replica parts from a third party. The message is clear. The market demands RECYCLED VEHICLE PARTS. The market determines that recycles used car, and van parts are the quality standard it seeks.
This is also in line with the global movement for green environmental pressures which incorporates better fuel efficient engines, higher performance car batteries, and the recycling of all major vehicle components. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 2, 2009 at 11:19 am

Shortages continue in used car parts sector as scrappage scheme fails to have immediate impact

The shortage of used car parts in the UK automotive recycling  sector continues despite expectation of ‘quantitative easing’ due to the recent UK Governments initiative ‘scrappage scheme’.
Comments on the excellent Car Magazine website regarding the UK vehicle scrappage scheme by the Director of the RAC Foundation, Professor Stephen Glaister: ‘Currently the vast majority of cars are still on the road at ten years old. The scrappage scheme announced today risks consigning a lot of perfectly good, and relatively clean, vehicles to the dustbin. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 22, 2009 at 4:48 pm

The Scrapping Scheme Has Gone Ahead

Just as everyone was predicting the scheme that will reward you of 200 pounds by buying anew car if you scrap and existing one 10 years old has gone ahead. It has a mixed response, first because the car manufacturers are funding 50% of it, so the question is to asked, can they afford it, or why have they not discounted cars by 1000 pounds anyway? Many think they have already done this and will just remove the current discounts put their prices back up normal and then show a 2000 pound discount on their screens. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 10, 2009 at 4:47 pm

New 10 Year Rule And Breakeryards

We specialise in getting you the best quote from breaker yards throughout the UK for guaranteed used spares. Many of these yards specialise in specific makes and even some on model only. There are some who tend to deal with older models, so with a new 10 year reward for scrapping your old vehicle, there could be repercussions for the breakeryard who deals with cars over 10 years old.

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March 9, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Understanding Breakdown Insurance

As many of us have decided that we will be keeping our existing car at the moment, or at the least buying a newer one but avoiding a brand new car, certain auto services should be gaining some extra trade from this. In better words, new cars don’t need MOTs, but with older cars staying on the road and less new ones being bought there is a good chance that MOT and service centres will see an increase of work as this credit crunch progresses. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 4, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Will There Be An Increase In Car Parts

It seemed quite mad but there were motorists who attempted to move their car across snow covered roads, only to find them move in an a different direction to the road. The results were a huge increase in motoring accident, taking the loyal car straight to the insurance yard and then to the breakers yards, providing spares for you and me and probably a few salvage projects too. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 25, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Close Downs How Will That Effect the Market

In the last 3 months CarSpareFinder has heard of at least 5 parts suppliers closing down or have gone into administration. This should be no surprise as most tend to have one vehcile manufacturer as a customer and with factory shut downs affecting all of the factories within the UK. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 10, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Reasons To Use CarSpareFinder

We have deveoped a video to describe our system and what we do, when looking for cars parts. Here it is.

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January 4, 2009 at 7:42 pm

A Year To Forget

2008 will be a year that most in the motor industry would want to forget. Many car manufacturers were forced to close factories for many weeks in the year as sales plummeted; some figures suggest that in November only 50% of the cars sold in November 2007 were sold in 2008. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 22, 2008 at 12:39 am

The Car That Will Change The Car Parts Business

The most important car in 100 years was the comment from James May, the host of Top Gear as he road tested the Honda Clarity. Not because of how it looked or how it performed, but the fact it was able to perform exactly like a normal family car for the same cost but deliver zero co2 emissions, was the bit that just blew him away. The Honda Clarity is an Electric family car, but rather than running from batteries, it has on board its own electricity generating unit delivered by compressed Hydrogen. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 19, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Toyota Reliability And Demand

We often have discussions at CarSpareFinder regarding the relevant demand for spares across all makes and models. Often the answer is based around how good our marketing against your demand for compnents for the vehicle you own. There are some makes for example that have a reputation for good reliability from say BMW to Honda. Sometimes these models don’t need replacements either until they get to a specific age or have had an accident and are deemed as a salvage project. Of course we serve all needs here at CarSpareFinder. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2008 at 3:39 pm

The Big Three

As far as motoring news has been concerned recently in the USA, has been the talks with the big three car manufacturers with congress to get a so called $36b loan to save the American manufacturing market. The big 3 are of course Ford  General Motors and Chrysler who’s presidents arrived in Washington to give their arguments, to receive American tax payers money to save their organisations.

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December 8, 2008 at 3:22 pm

Researching the USA Breaker Yard Market

Over the last week I have been fortunate to send some time in Florida, unfortunately working with Mickey Mouse far away in my mind. During that time I spent time going form breaker yard to junk yard as they are called over there, speaking to owners on another matter.

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December 5, 2008 at 1:07 am

Renault Megane Headlight

You may have used our car parts system to locate your Renault Megane headlight, but you should take some time to see what is required just to change the bulb. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 21, 2008 at 3:01 pm

Looking For A Car Engine

We have been busy with several projects over the last few months here at CarSpareFinder. One of them has been CarEngineFinder which is another site similar tom this but specifically designed to get car engine buyers onboard. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 21, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Possible Adventure in the USA

Because of the success of CarSpareFinder we have been looking to see if we could capitalise on other areas of the world. Of course we have to consider the USA and their market out there. Of course they say “Auto Parts” and in fact so many other terminologies are different for example

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October 21, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Reliability And Breakdown Cover

It is an unfortunate fact but may of us only consider the reliability of our car after we breakdown. We only consider buying those car parts at the point where the old ones have failed, you speak to any breakdown cover engineer and he will confirm this. If we were a bit more proactive with our planning and bought our car parts before they failed, that breakdown cover service would be getting fewer call outs.

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October 21, 2008 at 2:12 pm

Buying Mercedes Parts

There may be credit crunch on but one this certain, there is still a demand for Mercedes Car parts within the UK. This rules still applies to salvage cars also, it is if there is a still a demand for certain vehicles, consumers are being stricter than ever with their decisions and Mercedes still seem to be part of what they want. There is a talk that certain high MPG car models are selling as well, so you would assume the Mercedes would fall into that category, but this is just not true. There is a belief out there that they can get their dream Mercedes cheaper than ever, which in turn is compensating for the downturn in the market with a high demand.

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October 12, 2008 at 5:15 pm

Green Is The Colour

It doesn’t seem to matter what you read or watch on TV, everything now seems to be either green or aiming to be. Well what I mean by this. Well even the latest Formula One race had tyres with eth green lines to prove how they were made, there is also a site that will tell you how green your car is, call what green car.

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October 1, 2008 at 2:42 pm

Internet sales continue to grow, as Suppliers consolidate retail operations

The Financial Times (27 Sep 08) reported that Motor World, the new car accessories group, has gone into administration, with the loss of 300 jobs. The Administrators, BDO Stoy Hayward, have closed 40% of its national UK network of retail units. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 24, 2008 at 12:20 am

Steady demand in UK vehicle dismantling sector

The turmoil this month (Sep 08) in the US Financial markets, leading to further downward pressure on the UK economy and the UK Automotive industry in particular has played a part in strengthening the dismantling sector.
The UK Motor industry has seen a sharp fall in the value of used vehicles this summer and autumn, and it is much more than in previous years. Some estimates of depreciation put the drop as much as 25-30% of new and nearly new vehicles for this year alone. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 17, 2008 at 11:17 pm

An interesting day’s requests with CarSpareFinder

Hi Julian here.

I was just scanning through some of CarSpareFinder’s requests today (Wednesday 17 September 2008) and I came across a used Nissan request for a QX Dashboard complete on a 57 plate. Luckily one of ourbreakers had one in stock “ I believe the price for was £85 plus vat and delivery. This new might be as much as £500, from Nissan direct. The difference in value between new and used prices sourced on location sites like CarSpareFinder is clearly evident.

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September 9, 2008 at 2:17 pm

UK Recession and Contiuned Demand

Autumn 2008 and the UK is now officially in recession. Registrations of new cars are down 20%. Retail shops have reported a sharp downturn in takings. Despite the cripplingly high cost of both diesel fuel and unleaded petrol, artificially high because most of it is Government tax, transport will remain essential business and personal expenditure. Demand for used car parts has steadily risen over the past 10 years. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 9, 2008 at 1:16 pm

The Credit Crunch And Bargains

Everything seems to be going up these days, from fuel, to energy and even food. But there is still bargains around for certain items, including items for your vehicles. With 2 million vehicles been taken off the road each year, breaker yards have millions of car parts to dispose of, and you are the beneficiary of the cheaper prices. By using CarSpareFinder’s online request form, your request will be whisked to several breaker yards at once.

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March 13, 2008 at 4:10 pm

Car Head Units

Car Head Units are considered to be the most important component of your audio system. Head Units come in different sizes (DIN). Double and single din Head Units are the most used ones among car owners. It is a good idea to look for something that is fits your car and can be easily integrated. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 11, 2007 at 11:09 am

Used Vauxhall Part: Finding The Impossible

Have you ever been a situation where your brake discs have got broken and you have been trying desperately to find a used brake disc to replace the damaged one but you can’t find any? Sounds like Deja  vu, doesn’t it? Well! The truth is that for a great car like the Vauxhall Vectra, it sure is extremely difficult to find a used Vauxhall part. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 10, 2007 at 10:15 am

It Took Me 8 Weeks To Find Genuine Vauxhall Spares

When you have a Vauxhall, you know you can flaunt in style. I have a deep maroon colored 8v Vauxhall Vecra that my entire family is proud of. My son also loves to drive it whenever he gets a chance but one of these days the car was hit by a motorbike while he was driving. He had minor injuries but the car had considerable damage due to the high speed collision. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 9, 2007 at 10:21 am

Vauxhall Parts: They Have Ripped Me Off!

If you are an owner of a Vauxhall car then you must be lucky and proud just the way I am. I had bought my Vauxhall Vectra 4 door saloon a good 4 years back. I had to spend a lot of money for three years on buying Vauxhall parts Read the rest of this entry »

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July 6, 2007 at 11:22 am

The Powerful Vauxhall Vectra Engine

I have been driving various Vauxhall models since almost 11 years now and the one thing I love about them is the powerful and untamed Vauxhall Vectra engine This is a one of a kind V6 engine that will make sure that you get to enjoy your drive and get the thrill of going at high speeds. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 5, 2007 at 10:57 am

Looking for Vauxhall Vectra Spare?

My favorite car is the Vauxhall Vectra VXR 2.8i V6 24v and it has been so for quite some time. The first time that I saw this turbo in star silver, I knew I had to buy this car. The very thought of driving the Vauxhall Vectra VXR through the wild countryside created an instant rush of adrenalin. I had the luxury of driving one before, a test drive but I was impressed. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 25, 2007 at 10:27 am

Are You Looking For A Vauxhall Vectra Part?

I own two Vauxhall Vectra cars; one is driven by my wife and one by me. The day I bought the Vauxhall, I was feeling on the top of the world because the car is a super machine. It is something that I have always dreamt of owning and it took me 15 years to save enough to own it. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 21, 2007 at 11:30 am

Is It Rare? Can I Find A Genuine Vauxhall Part

When I saw the new Vauxhall on a Television advertisement, I had to visit a store to see it and test drive it. Once I had done the test drive, I was quite impressed and wanted to buy it. But there were questions in my mind like will the Vauxhall Vectra suit my needs? Read the rest of this entry »

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June 6, 2007 at 11:23 am

The Powerful Vauxhall Engine

The heart of your Vauxhall car is the Vauxhall engine. The life and performance of your car depends mostly on the health of the engine. It’s important to get your car serviced on a regular basis, just as it is important to get regular check-ups. But you don’t have to be dependent on your mechanic to ensure that your car keeps running! Read the rest of this entry »

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May 30, 2007 at 1:47 pm

Vauxhall Vectra Spare, No more worries now

For me driving is a passion and when I am in my Vauxhall Vectra elite nav – 4 door saloon then driving becomes a thrilling experience. But the one thing that has kept me worried till now is the availability of Vauxhall Vectra spares in the market. Of course, a special car like mine deserves special care but without the right spares, it can also become a nightmare. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 23, 2007 at 11:41 am

The car to pull in

Apparently according to several websites your pulling power depends on what car you drive, firstly for first impressions but secondly for conversations. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 23, 2007 at 10:18 am

Safety VS Fuel Consumption

A recent debate in Honda’s world is that of fuel economy vs safety. However it is not just Honda who have to consider this, but every car manufacturer, from vauxhall to Alfa Romeo. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 19, 2007 at 10:23 am

Stuff you never think of

As you all know i own a vauxhall Corsa. I recently had what i thought was a vauxhall engine fault since on cold mornings it would not start. However after failing to jump start it the vauxhall engine was looking doubtfully that it was the culpret. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 13, 2007 at 10:14 am

Should we limit car speeds

A big debate at the moment is whether or not we should limit the top speed of driving. We all know family and small hatchbacks such as the Vauxhall Corsa or the Renault Cleo have good speeds, Read the rest of this entry »

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April 12, 2007 at 10:16 am

Vauxhall vxr8 Review

I read a nice review of the vauxhall xvr8 on malibu.in blog. The review is worth the read and will be summarized below.

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April 2, 2007 at 11:52 am

Keep It On The Road – Major Service

So as not to split hairs and go down two very close but parallel roads I will lump together the full and major services. By and large these two are so closely related that they may as well be the same thing just different people will use different terminologies. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 30, 2007 at 11:28 am

Vauxhall vectra on the up

Vauxhall vectra has had a bid of a bad period over the last few years with its reputation for dull designs, plastic interiors and not to great to drive. However with bad press comes change and vauxhall have done just that. the vauxhall vectra is still not the best car on the road, Read the rest of this entry »

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March 30, 2007 at 10:30 am

Best Car To Own 2007

Auto Express have a survey which is like the Oscars, but with a public vote. Each year tens of thousands of drivers are surveyed to determine the best car to own. The survey covers aspects such as driving, which cars let you down (e.g. brake down or need replacement parts), build quality, Read the rest of this entry »

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March 28, 2007 at 12:14 pm

Opel/Vauxhall/Holden Monaro – Car Parts Store

The car i am about to describe is amazing piece of machinery and this because its a import. I read the review on this car by a great blogger on his blog ‘carblog’ (see bottom of article).This car to us Brits is a vauxhall Monaro, but depending on where you are in the world it could be a Opel Monarco Read the rest of this entry »

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March 27, 2007 at 10:42 am

Vauxhall ups and downs

As mentioned earlier i have a vauxhall corsa. The small hatchback is a nice run around, i do around 50 miles to work (100 round trip), 5 days a week and i do travel a bit on the weekend. So i need a reliable car, Read the rest of this entry »

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March 2, 2007 at 11:56 am

Telsa Roadster – car parts store addition

If your worried about the environment and are worried that we are going to run out of petrol before you die then this article is for you. A company called Telsa have been working on a mass produced electric sports car. yes thats right it works off solar power and you have to charge it up in solar stations, Read the rest of this entry »

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March 1, 2007 at 4:06 pm

Changing your car oil

I read this blog the other day on how to change the oil and i thought its a simple enough procedure in which many people don’t know how to do and end up paying a lot for it to be done, so i decided to summarize the blog here for the benefit of our readers in the ‘how to check Read the rest of this entry »

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February 28, 2007 at 5:11 pm

Vauxhall Astra 1.6T 180 SRi review

There are many places on the web to get reviews from, and I personally review everything before i buy since that way there are no little surprises in store and problems can be ironed out. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 23, 2007 at 2:02 pm

Smart For Two Review

Previously a post was left for the smart for two ‘addition , which is a stylish convertible about half the size of a normal hatchback and enough power to take off. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 21, 2007 at 5:05 pm

KEEP IT GOING – Interim (or minor) service

For the most part the interim service comprises extra items on top of the engine bay service in that work involved is on the underside of the vehicle, normally brakes, steering and suspension. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 21, 2007 at 4:35 pm

vauxhall antara prices

Several sources on the internet including carpages.co.uk have reported new prices of the new Vauxhall Antara. of the course the prices depend on the model and what vauxhall parts you want included. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 14, 2007 at 5:52 pm

Keep It Going – Engine Bay Service

Some vehicle manufacturers having spent quite some time and effort into examining the use that their products are put, this is particularly true with Vauxhalls parts, have decided that there is a case for a minimal service which is little more than an engine oil and filter change. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 31, 2007 at 5:38 pm

Keep It Going – Weekly Checks (continued)

Moving around the engine bay to the engine coolant level, checks here will depend on the particular cooling system layout and in most cases will comprise the radiator, which may or may not have a filler cap, Read the rest of this entry »

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January 26, 2007 at 1:20 pm

Winter Driving Tips – Avoiding Accidents

I currently travel on a morning down the a19 from Durham to the offices near Middlesbrough. I would consider this road a dangerous road, there is always a turned over lorry, a 3 car pile up etc at least once a week and this is in the summer. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 16, 2006 at 11:17 am

smart for two – a worthy addition

Many people say good things come in small packages and here is the proof….the smart ForTwo. These little beauties have been spotted all over the internet and screams style and coolness. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 30, 2006 at 4:55 pm

From The Road Up Basic Electrics (Charging)

From the previous article on starter motors we can see that the motor can demand quite a large current from the battery via the supply cable. Obviously, numerous start cycles will deplete the battery power to the extent that it will no longer be able to start the engine. In order to recharge the battery vehicle manufacturers provide a generator system driven by the engine usually via a rubber belt. Read the rest of this entry »

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