Car Clinic

02 Apr 2016

Car Clinic: Cure For Deadbeat Polo

Question: My Volkswagen Polo Classic 1.6 (year 2000) only performs reasonably well at light throttle openings. As soon as the…

02 Apr 2016

Car Clinic: Multitronic Maladies

Question: On May 21 last year, when I stopped my 2003 Audi A6 2.4 Multitronic at an intersection, I suddenly…

02 Apr 2016

Car Clinic: Volvo Engine Woes

Question: My wife’s 2007 Volvo C30 T5 suddenly stopped on the freeway. Upon opening the bonnet, oil was discovered all…

02 Apr 2016

Car Clinic: Hot Bothered Freelander

Question: Over the past year and a half I’ve had an apparent overheating problem on my 2004 Land Rover Freelander.…

02 Apr 2016

Car Clinic: Jetta VR6 Underperforming

Question: My 1994 Volkswagen Jetta 3 VR6 came with automatic transmission, but the gearbox was giving me problems, so I…

02 Apr 2016

Car Clinic: Stay Insured

Question: Your advice to the owner of the 1989 Toyota Corolla (Car Clinic, December 9 2015) — namely to drop…

02 Apr 2016

Car Clinic: Care For Your Corolla

Question: I read the article on keeping an old Toyota Corolla safe (“Safeguarding an old faithful against theft”, Car Clinic,…

02 Nov 2015

Car Clinic: Pleasant Discoveries

Question: My wife and I are interested in buying a 2009 Land Rover Discovery 3 from a Gauteng dealership. The…

02 Nov 2015

Car Clinic: Wheel Balance Woes

Question: I recently took my car for a major service, followed by wheel alignment. Five hundred kilometres later a vibration…

02 Nov 2015

Car Clinic: Clutching To Hope

Question: After 277 000km, gear changing on my 2006 Ford Fiesta has lately not been as smooth as before. I…

20 Oct 2015

Car Clinic: Dry-Cleaning your Engine

Question I notice in the car clinic of July 30 THAT Dimitri discourages washing the engine using high pressure water…

09 Oct 2015

Car Clinic: When Oil and Water Do Mix

Question: In the past two years I’ve had to change the oil cooler three times on my 2000 Mercedes C240…

21 Sep 2015

Car Clinic: On The Road To Mechanic-Dom

Question: What course can you recommend to someone wishing to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to work on cars;…

14 Sep 2015

Car Clinic: Brake Failure Not From Tyre Change

Question: I recently fitted new tyres to my 2006 Renault Clio to replace the previous ones. Since fitting the new…

14 Sep 2015

DIY And You’ll Never Look Back

If you decide to embark on the rocky road to becoming a DIY home mechanic, the first step is the…

24 Aug 2015

Car Clinic: Ignition Coil Failure

Question: My 1991 Toyota Corolla 1.3 GL has done about 170 000km and is in good shape. But in September…

11 Aug 2015

Car Clinic: Electronic Top Tips

In an industrial park in Milnerton, Cape Town, you will find the workshop of a man who came to South…

06 Aug 2015

Car Clinic: Stored Cherokee

Question My sporadically used Jeep Cherokee sometimes stays in the garage for six to eight months. I just keep the…