Are Automatic Transmissions Better For Your 4×4?

Taking your car off road can be both enjoyable and stressful. The added strain on the components of your car can always weigh on your mind and detract from the breathtaking scenery you encounter along the way. One of the components of your vehicle that will invariable be subjected to the most strain is your transmission and this raises a contentious question: are automatic transmissions better for your 4×4 than a manual transmission? Whilst the answer to this question is primarily a matter of preference, this guide serves to outline several advantages of an automatic transmission in a 4×4 vehicle.

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3 Most Neglected Car Maintenance Areas

Proper car maintenance is one of the most important responsibilities for car owners. Maintaining the upkeep of your vehicle’s parts ensures the safety of yourself and your passengers; failure to do so can lead to expensive repairs or damage so extensive that it can’t be repaired.

But even the most dedicated car owner can miss important maintenance areas. When caring for your car, don’t forget the following areas. Continue reading

Buying a 2nd Hand Car? Be On Look Out For…

Our lives are marked by big ticket milestones. Whitegoods, electronics, holidays and cars all require saving, consideration and research. But what if you’re buying your new vehicle second hand? The pre-loved car is a quirky beast; it’s already seen a few kilometres and accumulated some memories with its old owner. The guys are the Gearbox and Diff Shop have compiled a checklist of things to look out for when buying a second hand car – don’t inherit somebody else’s on-road woes.

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Signs that your car needs a service

All cars need to be serviced, and yes you should talk to your manufacturer and read your handbook, to ensure that you are getting it done at the right times – but did you know that there are other signs that your car might be due for a service?

Get to know your car and its individual idiosyncrasies and you will take better care of it. Your car will last longer, it will have a higher resale value, and there will be less chance of it breaking down at a bad time or at a poor location, and leaving you frustrated and stranded. Continue reading

How to prevent your car from overheating

It’s a sight that no automobile owner wants to see: steam billowing from the bonnet. Longer trips in hot conditions can cause engines to work harder and cause overheating so it’s important to recognise that overheating of your car engine & automatic transmission is not something that’s unpredictable. It can be prevented by taking a few precautions, which we explain in this blog post.

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5 Signs of Transmission Trouble

Transmission problems can cause major damage throughout your car if left unchecked, ultimately leaving it completely undrivable. Drivers can avoid expensive bills in the future by getting transmission repairs at the first sign of trouble. Preventative repairs help your transmission to perform and last longer, and will also prevent the spread to other problems in your car, such as in the engine or brakes.

A transmission in poor working order can be dangerous as well, as it can affect your gear box performance, having serious consequences for the safety of your driving.

It is important that drivers recognise the signs of transmission trouble. Some of the major signs are: Continue reading