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    The Most Common Repair Needs of 5 Popular Automakers

    When you’re on the hunt for a new car, it’s important to know the problems you might face down the road. We asked the expert mechanics at Alexander’s Import Auto Repair to tell us the most common repair needs of five popular automakers.

    Common Subaru Repair Needs

    Subaru’s are prone to head gasket failure. This feature of Subarus is due to boxer-style engine that’s found in nearly every Subaru on the road. Although head gasket replacement can be an expensive repair, it’s usually needed around the same time the timing belt is due to be replaced, meaning you’ll save on labor costs and kill two birds with one stone.

    Honda Repairs Often Deal with Wear and Tear

    Hondas are well made and experience relatively few issues as they age. For a handful of years in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, Honda transmissions were a source of concern. The transmissions on these vehicles didn’t seem to last beyond around 150,000 miles. In newer Hondas this problem has been remedied, but it’s still a good idea to have your transmission fluid replaced around every 60,000 miles. Replacing transmission fluids helps keep your vehicle’s systems in top shape and decreases the chances of needing transmission repairs.

     When it Comes to BMWs, Your Mileage May Vary

    BMWs tend to vary from car to car when it comes to repair needs. Some vehicles will need their oil pan gasket replaced at 60,000 miles, while the next car won’t need it until 120,000 miles. With BMWs, it truly comes down to the individual vehicle and how it’s driven. However, there is one common problem found across different BMW models we’ll touch on.

    As they age, BMWs become prone to electrical issues. Whether the issues are the lights, a control module, or another oxygen sensor (they … READ MORE

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    Biodiesel: A Modern Alternative to Diesel

    It is clear to see that the number of vehicles on our roads today has increased vastly over the past couple of decades. With this increase in vehicles, an increase in fuel consumption and in carbon emissions has followed. This has led to fuel resources being challenged and the environment suffering because of the pollution elements. Due to these changes in our lifestyles, an alternative fuel has been considered so researchers have been and still are looking for new sources of fuel.

    One of these sources is used sunflower oil. Yes, it sounds a bit far-fetched like something out of a science fiction movie, but it has become a reality. Used oil is taken and then used in the chemical and bio fuel industry. There are designated used oil collectors that go around to various restaurants and other food establishments to collect all the used oil. Be sure to you check if the collector is certified. This task is beneficial to many parties in the following way. The restaurant is able to dispose of its used oil in a safe manner by handing it over to the used oil collector. The used oil collector creates jobs and relieves the restaurant of the burden of disposing of the used oil. The bio fuel industry receives a new basis ingredient for biodiesel. They are able to chemically transform the used oil into a usable form of biodiesel.

    Biodiesel can be used in trucks as an alternative to diesel fuel. It is able to power the vehicle in a similar way as every day diesel does. However, whereas standard diesel emits much toxic fumes, biodiesel is less harmful to the environment because it is a resource that stems from nature originally.

    If you have a restaurant or food establishment that discards of a … READ MORE

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    Why the Delay With Mass Take-Up of Electric Cars

    It’s been a few years since several electric saloons started getting rave reviews – notably, of course, the Tesla range.

    Not only were they generating good performance figures but things such as their range and re-charge times seemed to indicate that they were practical. So, no longer did someone have to think about making a 500 kilometre journey in several stages and over several days, to allow for re-charging or battery swaps.

    Go back say 5 years and everybody was predicting that by now, we’d all be deafened by the silence of our roads as everything changed to a quiet hum. The odd combustion-engine car would be looked at with disgust or sympathy and we’d all have clean air around us as a benefit too.

    However, it hasn’t happened. Why is that?

    Price rears its ugly head

    Some of the most admired electric cars and those which often, in range and performance terms, are the most appealing, remain highly expensive.

    Some models retail at around $US100k. Even for major businesses and prestigious limousine hire companies, these are prices that will cause anyone to blink when reading those ads.

    True, there are more modest cars around too. That’s great news but then things start getting complicated in terms of battery ‘issues’ (leased, owned, life expectancy, swap-over periods) and so on. Some commentators have observed that a doctorate in mathematics is required to try and work out just how much the ‘bottom line’ is and when you get there, suddenly that smaller car isn’t looking quite as ‘small’ in price terms.

    Performance

    For much of the mass market, performance is a secondary issue. Yes, you can drool over the Tesla-S and other such prestigious marques that can reach 60mph before you’ve even got into the car but in reality, such performance is … READ MORE

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    Driver Tips: How to Stay Aware While Driving Far

    Distance driving is an exhausting activity to do especially if you are alone with no one to watch you or help you navigate. There are ways to stay aware during the long drive during the night, day and horrible weather.

    Always have a well-rested sleep before getting into the car. Having too much or too little will leave you feeling tired and weak. This will cause you not worry much about what’s in front of you.

    Allowing yourself to take bathroom breaks is extremely important. It is a fact that a full bladder will affect you more than a high alcohol intake.

    Caffeine or coffee is probably the first thing that you would want to take before leaving for your trip. Caffeine is known to keep a person awake and to start the metabolism process. What you don’t want to do is overload it with sugar. If you have a higher sugar level you will end up shaking and noticing things that aren’t important. This is important during any night driving because of the darkness that has metaphorically swallowed the streets.

    Make sure that you have a bottle of water whether it’s cold or temperate. You need water in your system to keep your body going and your brain aware. If the weather is extremely hot you might want to take more than one bottle. The brain uses more energy than the body so you will need to keep feeding it.

    Eating before leaving keeps your energy levels up and keeps you going. You have to always give the brain fuel for thinking. Try to take fatty foods with you such as nuts or dried fruits to give you a bit more of a kick start.

    Don’t allow adrenaline to take over your body. If you allow that feeling to … READ MORE