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Car Maintenance & Repair

Repco Authorised Service are the experts in car repair and maintenance so we have put together some resources to help you better understand and maintain your car. Soon you too will be an expert in car maintenance and repair.

Serious 4WDing and car batteries

Did you know how serious off road conditions can impact your battery life?

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I’ve got a Stop Start car what does that mean for the battery?

There's a lot of stop start vehicles on the road, uncover what that means for batteries.

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Can I fit my battery myself?

Discover what you need to know about fitting batteries.

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Can my car battery be recharged?

What you need to know about battery recharging

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Do I need a new car battery?

How do you know if your car needs a new battery and how do you know which to put in?

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Understanding DPF's

What's a Diesel Particulate Filter or DPF and why is it important to your diesel vehicle?

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What's Wrong With Australia's Diesel?

The poor quality of Australian diesel is at the heart of many diesel engine maintenance issues, so it's important to understand what's involved.

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Understanding Water Traps and Pre-filters in Diesel Engines

Are water traps and pre-filters useful in combating the poor quality diesel in Australia?

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Understanding Diesel Oil Additives

Oils that are formulated for use in diesel engines have specific additives added to the base oil to enhance the performance.

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What Oil Should I Use In My Diesel

Diesel engines have very specific oil requirements to protect against wear and breakdown.

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Does My Diesel Need An Oil Catch Can?

What is an oil catch can and why do you need one?

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Why Does My Diesel Use More Oil?

There are many reasons why some diesel vehicles use more oil, this can include, the turbo charger shaft seals are worn, damaged, or defective. But that's not the only cause.

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Understanding Manual Transmissions

While no longer the standard transmission choice it once was there are still a number of manual vehicles on the road. We look at how they work and common problems.

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The Importance Of Transmission Inspections

No matter what you drive, it's important to have your transmission inspected regularly. Here's some symptoms you should't ignore.

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CVT (Continuously Variable) Transmissions

Unlike other transmission types CVT transmissions do not use any gears, discover what they are, how they work and common problems.

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DSG Transmissions

Direct Shift Gearboxes or DSG transmissions, what are they and how do they work?

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Common Automatic Transmission Problems

Discover some of the most common symptoms of automatic transmission problems.

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How Does An Automatic Transmission work?

With auto's making up the majority of vehicles on the road, we take a closer look at how they work.

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Clutch Replacement

When does a clutch need replacing and what to expect.

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Clutch Release Bearings

What is a clutch release bearing and how does it work?

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Hydraulic Clutch Control System

What is a Hydraulic clutch control system and what are the signs it's failing?

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Clutch Failures

How do you know if your car's clutch is failing? Here are some common signs.

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Risks of Diesel Fuel Contamination in 4WD's

Heading off a remote 4WD adventure? Discover precautions to take to protect against contaminated diesel fuel.

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4WD Timing Belt Failures

Extensive damage can be done to a 4WD timing belt by abrasive dust, which is an inevitable consequence of timing covers not being dust and waterproof. This is just one reason why 4WD vehicles that are used in extreme conditions need more regular maintenance that the log book suggests!

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4WD Clutch Failures

Failures of standard clutches on 4WD vehicles is arguably the most common cause of breakdowns in the bush.

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4WD Shock Absorbers

Do I need specialist shock absorbers for my 4WD? When should 4WD shockers be replaced?

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What Can Go Wrong With My Car's Air Conditioning?

Modern automotive air conditioning systems are fairly robust however, failures do occur. Here are some common failures that require repair.

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What happens if I don’t replace my leaking radiator?

There is no reliable way to predict how much longer a radiator will remain serviceable once it has started leaking

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Why are there black flecks in the coolant?

Black flecks are almost invariably evidence of degraded radiator hoses

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Why is my car’s coolant milky?

The presence of a milky white substance anywhere in the coolant system and/or engine is clear proof that a leak exists between the coolant and lubrication systems.

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How much does a radiator cost to replace?

The actual, final cost depends on the vehicle, the size, and location of the radiator in the vehicle, as well as how much labour is involved to perform the replacement.

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What causes a radiator to fail?

There are three common causes of radiator failure that can result in fluid leaks that lead to critical engine overheating.

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What Is Stray Current?

Stray Current Electrolysis occurs when an electrical current that is not related to the cooling system passes through the coolant or uses the coolant as a path to return to ground.

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Never Open A Hot Radiator

There is only one thing worse than being stranded on the side of the road with an overheating car and that is having to treat a burn. See these quick tips on what to do if you suffer a burn.

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Carbon Removal In Diesel Engines

Did you know that a build up of carbon can reduce the efficiency of your diesel engine?

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Is a diesel car right for your family?

Are you looking for your next new car? With more and more European models available in Australia this means more diesel passengers cars than ever before. How do you know if a diesel is right for your family? Here are a few things to consider...

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Spark Plugs, One Size Does Not Fit All

Many people don’t realise that you can’t use a “common” spark plug in a today’s cars and expect them to run properly, in fact doing this can cause a lot of engine damage!

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Car Air Conditioner Maintenance

Learn how get the best out of your car's air conditioner.

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Something every asthma sufferer should know

Protect your family from allergy causing pollutants

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Coolant Changes

Change your coolant regularly to prevent cooling system corrosion

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Regular Service Intervals

It is im portant to have your car serviced regularly. Here we'll show you why it's important, how often the regular servicing should occur and the advantage of regular servicing.

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Oxygen Sensors

The Oxygen Sensor is a small electronic device that is located in the combustion exhaust manifold of a modern vehicle engine.

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Important New Car Warranty Information

If you’re concerned about preserving your new car’s statutory warranty but also want to obtain expert service at competitive rates, your local Repco Authorised Service centre can help.

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Catalytic Converters

A catalytic converter is part of the exhaust system. It is designed to convert toxic gases into more environmentally friendly by-products.

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The Importance of Steering and CV Boots

The Steering and Driveshaft mechanism on most modern cars have a number of protective rubber boots designed to keep moisture and dirt from damaging vital components.

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Power Steering Maintenance

Most common power steering systems use an engine driven hydraulic pump with a hydraulic assisted power steering rack or box. See why it is important to keep your power steering well maintained.

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Suspension

The suspension system is an essential part of a vehicle. Their main purpose is to keep your tyres in contact with the road and carry loads safely. Good suspension provides predictable handling and a smooth ride, while minimising tyre wear.

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Changing Cooling System Hoses

If a radiator hose is nearing the end of its life, it is better to have it replaced before it fails and risks causing serious engine damage.

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Ancillary Oils

Here you'll find what these ancillary oils are, why they should be changed and how often.

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Changing The Oil Filter

The easiest and most beneficial maintanance item an owner can undertake is to change the engine oil and filter regularly.

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Gears Crunching?

Finding it hard to get your car in gear?

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Cleaning the Engine Bay

Engine bay cleaning should only be done when engine is cool so not to cause damage to high temperature engine components and risks of personal injury.

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The Car Shudders

Can you feel your car shacking or shuddering while driving? Here are a few suggestions to help find the problem.

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Gear 'Falls Out'?

Have you experienced your vehicles gear "falling out"?

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Checking The Clutch

Is your clutch working properly? Take this simple test and find out.

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Seeing Black Flecks?

See black flecks in your coolant? Find out why this could be a major source of trouble for your vehicle.

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Protect Your Cooling System

Cooling system protection is one of the least understood aspects of vehicle maintenance. It is also one of the most critical if an engine is to provide long-term trouble-free operation.

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