Don't let a car breakdown break you down

Essential car maintenance guides and roadside repair tips and advice for girls. Don't let a car breakdown break you down!

Car Emergency Battery Light On?

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Your car's emergency battery light will turn red to tell you that the charging circuit isn't working as it should. It may be due to a faulty alternator (the generator that produces the electric current) or drive belt, or another component in the circuit. Either way, it's not generally a roadside repair option for the average driver. All is not lost, however! If … [Read more...]

Push Starting a Car: Warning!

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We do not recommend push starts for many reasons. Unburnt fuel in the exhaust is a bad thing if you have a catalytic converter. When the car fires, this unburnt fuel will explode and, whilst this might sound like a pop in the exhaust system, it can damage the catalyser – and they are very expensive to replace. A damaged catalyser can cause your car breathing … [Read more...]

How to Replace Windscreen Wipers


Changing your  wiper blades Replace your windscreen wipers as soon as they aren't cleaning as well as they used to – at least every year or two – dirty smears left by old blades cause impaired visibility, which is particularly bad in low sun or night driving conditions. It can be a bit frustrating doing this the first time, but you'll soon get the knack for next time.  We … [Read more...]

How to Jump Start a Car


To jump start a car, first of all you need a set of jump-leads (sometimes referred to as booster cables). These will give you the opportunity to pipe battery power from another car (the donor) to get yours (the casualty) started. Always buy the best jump-leads you can afford; if they're as skinny as a pencil, they won't carry a lot of current without getting hot, but if they're … [Read more...]

How to Change a Car Battery

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Always consult your car's user manual or the Haynes workshop manual for your vehicle's model for more specific information – not all methods will be exactly the same as this.  Be aware that by disconnecting your battery you may lose electronic settings for things like you're your stereo presets, your alarm and key fob settings – if in any doubt consult your car's manufacturer … [Read more...]

How to Change a Tyre


If you experience a puncture whilst driving and need to Change a Tyre, slow down to no more than 5mph, and drive yourself to a safe place away from other traffic – ideally a lay-by or car parking space, and preferably near a light if it is dark. You may need to park the car on the other side of the road to get the side of the punctured tyre out of the way of the traffic, but DO … [Read more...]

What to do With a Flat Car Battery


If the battery is flat because you left the side lights on by accident, turn them off now. After ten minutes or so the battery may recover sufficiently to start the car so turn everything else off to give it a chance and make sure the car doors are closed or your efforts will be defeated by the interior lights. If you have been suspicious that your battery is on its way out … [Read more...]

How to Put Air in Car Tyres

Having the right tyre pressure can prolong the life of your tyres. It can help you save on fuel, and is better for the environment. You should check the pressure in your tyres at least once a month, preferably once a week. You will need to do this more frequently in the summer months as the hotter weather means your tyres will lose more pressure. It could be worse, at least … [Read more...]