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Jazz Steering Woes

I have a friend who owns a Honda Jazz automatic that exhibits a strange steering behaviour. When travelling in a straight line and the steering wheel is slightly turned to the ...
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ECU Reset

I’ve experienced and heard about many cases where a vehicle’s computer needs to “reset itself” after a battery change or loss of electrical current to the computer. This usually means rough ...
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Overheating Protection

Our technical editor Nicol Louw worked on a Ford Transit project on which the maximum engine torque would be reduced due to increases in engine temperature until the motor would ...
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Power Difference

I recently bought an imported 1,8-litre (ABS) Golf engine fitted with a carburettor. In South Africa, you get the same 1,8-litre (HV) engine, but I see there is a difference in ...
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LRP vs. UNLEADED

I own a 1992 BMW 325i automatic which has given me trouble-free service throughout its 22-year life. I’ve been using lead-replacement petrol (LRP) as directed by CAR since the introduction of ...
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Kia Sportage Wheel Diameter

I currently achieve an average fuel consumption figure of 12,0 litres/100 km with my 2007 Kia Sportage. With the current cost of petrol, I am considering options to improve my vehicle’s ...
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Posisie van Remknyper

Ek en my vriende het ’n argument om die braaivleisvuur gehad oor die plasing van ’n remknyper op die remskyf. Party vervaardigers plaas die remknyper aan die voor-kant van die skyf ...
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Corolla Engine Noise

I bought a Corolla 1,6 Advance in 2008 owing to its reputation for reliability. The car has now done 67 000 km. My concern is that, when it’s not been used ...
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Driving in low gears

My car is a 2010 Hyundai Atos 1,1 GLS. Every day, I drive to work on gravel roads at around 20 km/h and use mainly second and third gears owing to ...
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Flying Mercedes Engine

I have read a crash report of a new Mercedes-Benz C250 which hit a Palm tree in Los Angeles, tragically killing journalist Michael Hastings. What was shocking to me is that, ...
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Fuel economy query

I drive a 2011 BMW 323i Steptronic. I know cars fitted with automatic transmissions are generally heavier on fuel than their manual counterparts. Would I save fuel if I changed gear ...
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Two-stroke oil in fuel

Some two-stroke oil advocates advise the addition of two-stroke oil in small quantities (500 ml/tank) in the fuel tank of petrol and diesel engines. This is a hot topic on many ...
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