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Getting hitched? Everything you need to know about towbar installation


Nothing transforms a car quite like a towbar. One day a humble hatch, the next day a utility vehicle. Toorak tractor to caravan hauler. Glorified SUV to the real thing, carrying bikes for the whole family, headed for the You Yangs. They may not be the most attractive accessory on the market, but there’s none that’s more practical. Whether you need to move house, get a trailer-load to the local transfer station, or join the grey brigade and head to the outback with a small house behind you, you’ll need the services of a towbar. Now you know you need one, it’s time we turned to towbar...

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How long do brake pads last?


At risk of stating the bleeding obvious, brake pads are important. So, the fact that you’re wondering how long do brake pads last is a good thing. You should be thinking about your brakes and what condition they’re in because they’ll determine what...

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How often should you service your car?


How often should you service your car? Well, since you asked… every month. No – every week. Only on the days you drive it. All right – that’s a bit much. In all honesty (yes, mechanics can be honest), it depends… to a degree. Before you click...

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When Is a Timing Chain Out of Step?


If your engine were an orchestra, the timing chain would be the conductor. Opening and closing valves, moving pistons, connecting rods – all of this must happen at a given time and in a given sequence. Without the timing chain, you simply aren’t going...

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Common Car Problems


Cars are stoic, loyal and uncomplaining. Every day people walk out their front door, climb into their car, start the engine and drive off to their destination without a second thought. There are, however, those rare times when we turn the key...

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Top 6 Tips for Off-Road Trips


There aren’t many silver linings to the pandemic, but one may be that we get to know our own country a little better. Europe can have Cinque Terra, the Dalmatian Coast and the Acropolis. America can keep its Yosemite, Aspen and swampy bayous. As...

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