Winter is upon us again so now is the time to spend 30 minutes on looking after your car by checking your antifreeze levels Autel Diaglink, leave your car with a weak antifreeze mixture and risk having a huge repair bill. Getting your antifreeze checked is easier than most people think, either buy a simple tester from Halfords / local motor factors or book your car in for a full winter health check at your local garage ( • 25 ish),although many garages will do a simple antifreeze check for free.

Antifreeze has a lifespan, standard IAT ( inorganic) should be drained and changed every 2 years, OAT ( organic) sometimes known as long life or advanced antifreeze should be replaced every 5 years. A word of caution though, never mix the two types of antifreeze specifications, as a quick rule of thumb if your car was manufactured after 2001 then it's likely to be the advanced antifreeze but there are always exceptions so check your owners manual or speak with the main dealer or an expert. Also note that although your cars manual says use one type this may not be the type that's in there at present.

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The MOT is unavoidable. That makes it prime territory for cowboys, shysters and all the other forms of mechanical low life that tend to slip under the radar of the general public. The bad guys, in the mechanics?trade, know that most people can抰 tell a brush spring from a wishbone ?and they use that knowledge to milk a little extra cash, here and there, from their MOT station. If a person doesn抰 know pistons from limiters then he or she can easily be charged a little bit more for work that doesn抰 need doing, when the dreaded MOT rolls around.

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Accidents can happen anytime, even if you are an extremely cautious and defensive driver! Most accidents actually occur within a 25 miles of the home, according to a Florida highway spokesman. Sometimes, they happen right in your own driveway. Just ask my sister-in-law who hit her friend's car in her driveway while backing up! No matter where they occur there are a series of steps that should be followed after an accident.

The Consumer Protection Association of America continually develops a list of recommendations for drivers so that they'll actually know what they need when a traffic accident occurs. This fine organization takes major steps to increase public awareness regarding traffic safety. Some of the steps are preventative and should be followed now before you're involved in an accident.

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Undoubtedly, you don抰 like to think about the experience of being in a car accident, anymore than you (or anyone else) like to consider being involved in any unpleasant situation. But consider this ?the odds are that one out of every four people will be in a car accident at some point in their lifetime.

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At some time or another all Prius owners have to replace their batteries. The sad fact is that the Prius batteries cost a lot of money. But there are cheaper solutions to your Prius battery problems.

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In 1983 this was a question millions of people were asking car manufacturers around the country. However if this is the first time you've heard of the Automotive Keyless Entry Remote System, let us explain. Have you ever seen someone walking to their car and push a button on their key ring to unlock the doors? That's all that we're talking about here, but having the technology for it in the early eighties was simply fascinating.

So How Does It Work?

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Weber Genesis E-320 Gas Grill Portable Propane Gas Grill

Another Excellent Product from Weber, the Weber Genesis E-320 Gas Grill

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The Best Carwash is a Hand Wash
"We recommend hand washing," says Mike Pennington, director of training at auto-surface-products giant Meguiar's. "Our customers enjoy doing it. It's not a chore." Hand washing gives you a chance to experience the tactile shape of your baby, and it's also a great way to inspect and familiarize yourself with the car's surfaces.

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Volkswagen Fox - it's made out of pineapples don't you know?

I've reviewed so many cars over the past six months or so, that I may have been guilty of getting used to the thrills and spills of driving fast ones. If this is the case, my assignment this week brought me back down to earth - very slowly might I add - with a bump. The car in question is the Volkswagen Fox - the baby of the German manufacturer's fleet.

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Volkswagen dealers must be feeling rather nostalgic this year with the return of their prodigal son - the Scirocco. There's something special about the return of an icon that tugs at the heartstrings of the human race. As a child I remember watching my beloved Manchester United tear apart teams in an era when football had just become big business at the dawn of the English Premiership. At this time I recall seeing Eric Cantona lash out at an opposing ‘fan' with a kung-fu kick that equalled a nine month suspension. For all the uproar, the media backlash and preaching, his return against Liverpool was a modern-day resurrection.

When a band reforms for a tour you know that 99 percent of the time it's because someone's money has been blown on private jets and glamour models and a new tour will keep them in paradise for another few years. Regardless of this fact, we all clamour to see true greatness one ‘last' time, so we go wild at the prospect of seeing the Police, Sex Pistols and um the Spice Girls and pray for a glimpse of their former glory.

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