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Autoclinic with The Mechanic

The ignition coil

The Ignition coil, popularly referred to as  “coil”, is the heart of the ignition system. Its job is to transform the battery voltage (12V) into the thousands of volts necessary to initiate the ignition on the spark plug.In other words,…

The almighty exhaust!

To understand how the exhaust of a vehicle works, there must be a basic understanding of the engine as a whole.The internal combustion engine in its simplest form is a large air pump. It gathers in air, mixes it with fuel, adds a spark…

The black death of sludge

After prolonged exposure to high heat, engine oil can oxidise and break down, forming deposits known as sludge. This gelatinous substance can block vital oil passages, resulting in total engine failure or very expensive repairs.The…

September school rush!

As the long (summer) vacation begins to wind down and school resumption creeps back into your mind for the children, it’s time to think about the vehicles that are expected to be on duty throughout the new school year. With all that extra…

Rains, floods and your vehicle!

Lately, there has been an increase in the rate and amount of rainfall. Often times, the storm begins without signs and could last for several hours. This can put a lot of strain on the driver, passenger and the vehicle as visibility is…

What to know about fuel economy

Cars run at their best and are most fuel-efficient if well maintained.  Most drivers, however,  do not follow the manufacturer specified maintenance schedule/routine. Regardless of what car you drive, savings on the cost of fuel is always a…