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Change the oil of your car to extend its life.

This blog might be about why you should change the oil in your car, but it’s also about why you shouldn’t be neglecting this part of car care. Many people don’t know how essential regular engine oil changes are for long-term engine health and longevity.

 

Why is it essential to change the oil on your car?

Your car engine requires regular oil changes to keep it running well. If you don’t change the oil regularly, you risk causing irreparable damage to your vehicle. Here are four reasons why changing your oil is essential:

  • Cleaning: When you pour new oil into your engine, it pushes out old and contaminated oil, damaging or breaking down the engine over time. Changing the oil keeps the internal parts of your vehicle clean and functioning correctly.
  • Lubrication: New motor oil keeps metal parts from grinding against each other by lubricating them to slide past one another instead of causing friction and heat, leading to overheating or even a fire in extreme cases.
  • Efficiency: Old motor oil won’t keep things moving at their optimal speed, which means it will take more energy to run your car than necessary – most vehicles become less efficient when their engines are dirty, clogged or not appropriately lubricated due to old or neglected engine fluids.
  • Reduced Heat Levels: Motor oil reduces the heat produced by combustion inside a motor by 25%. The buildup of contaminants in old motor oils can decrease this beneficial effect until what had been working as an insulator becomes a conductor and heat transfer increases significantly – reducing performance and potentially leading to internal component failure if left unchecked for long periods.
 

How often should I get my oil changed?

Your owner’s manual is your starting point for determining how often you should change your oil. Different manufacturers give different recommendations on the frequency of maintenance, so it’s vital to check here before making any decisions. This schedule will also tell you what type of oil you need and how much it should cost.

 

If you drive a lot (more than 16 000 kilometres a year), follow the manufacturer’s schedule as closely as possible. In addition to changing the oil according to their recommendations, consider adding an extra oil change every six months to keep everything running smoothly.

 

Suppose you don’t drive a lot (less than 8 000 kilometres a year). In that case, getting your oil changed twice a year may be sufficient for keeping your car in great shape—but again, consult with your owner’s manual and mechanic to determine what works best for your vehicle.

 

If you have particular driving conditions—for example, if you are frequently off-road or live in an area that experiences extreme weather—consult with a mechanic about increasing the frequency of changes and selecting an appropriate type of oil for these unique circumstances.

 

What does a full-service oil change include?

While basic oil changes are usually pretty straightforward, including an oil change and filter change, you may want to opt for a full-service oil change. A full-service oil change includes everything of an essential oil change and offers a comprehensive look at your car’s general condition. This can consist of checking the fluid levels in your vehicle, inspecting belts and hoses, checking tire pressure and wear, assessing the brakes and more.

 

If your vehicle is running poorly or making noise that concerns you, take it in for a full-service oil change where a good mechanic will be able to top off other essential fluids like transmission fluid or windshield wiper fluid and do a visual inspection of the engine to see if any components are damaged or showing signs of wear. A good technician will also watch out for leaks under the hood.

 

A full-service oil change takes about 30-60 minutes, depending on what needs to be done.

 

What happens when you don’t change the oil in your car?

When you don’t change the oil in your car, the engine components begin to suffer and wear out. Over time, this causes friction between metal parts, which increases engine temperature and reduces its overall performance. Suppose your car often overheats enough or runs too low on oil for an extended period. In that case, it can begin to seize up and eventually break down. This is why it’s so important to keep a close eye on your car’s oil levels, change it regularly, and take it in for tune-ups when needed.

 

If you’re not sure how often you should be changing your car’s oil or need a mobile mechanic to help with that maintenance—let alone something more serious—we’d love to help! The Fixxrs at [company name] are just a few clicks away from having someone come directly to you any time of day or night.

 

How much does an oil change cost?

Two main factors determine how much your oil change will cost: vehicle type and oil used. While an oil change can vary, it typically costs R700-R800 for the average vehicle. The simplest way to ensure you are getting a good deal on your oil change is to confirm the price with several shops in your area before having the work done.

 

While regular maintenance such as an oil change may be costly, it’s necessary to avoid more significant repair bills down the road. If you don’t replace your engine’s dirty, worn-out oil regularly, particles from normal wear and tear on your engine end up suspended in the old oil. Over time this creates a sludge that will eventually clog essential components of your car’s engine and lead to major repairs—or worse yet, cause complete failure of a critical component such as bearings or pistons. That repair bill could quickly run into five figures.

 

So, while the short-term costs of vehicle maintenance may seem daunting, it is nothing compared to what you’ll spend if you neglect regular service!

 

Fixxr is the mobile mechanics that come to you.

Fixxr is the mobile mechanics who come to you. Our technicians come to your location, office, or home and perform high-quality, warrantied work. We are available for various services, including oil changes, scheduled maintenance services, brake repairs, and more. No waiting at a shop! Our work is backed by a six month/10 000 kilometre warranty.

 

Read more: I want a quote on an oil change.

 

A pre-purchase inspection is an essential service for you.

A Pre-Purchase Inspection is a critical assessment of the condition of a vehicle taken before purchase. Fixxr mobile mechanic can be performed at the seller’s facility or one of our affiliated workshops and provides an honest evaluation of the vehicle’s overall condition. The buyer has many benefits when a pre-purchase inspection is done before purchase. Some benefits are:

  • Insurance: You are purchasing insurance on your investment.
  • Negotiation Clause: It gives you more confidence in negotiating prices for repairs you may need on the vehicle.
  • Resale Value: The report will maintain the resale value of your vehicle if you choose to sell it later.
  • Money Saved: You can save money that could have been spent paying costly repairs down the road or buying a lemon car in poor condition.
 

A pre-purchase inspection will give you the assurance that there are no surprises with your car.

A vehicle inspection gives you the peace of mind that your prospective car has no hidden surprises. Many crooked sellers will try to hide many sins with pretty paint and a fresh coat of wax, but they can’t keep those secrets from an experienced mechanic who knows what to look for.


Has the car been in an accident? An inspection will give you a clear picture of any damage that may have occurred to the frame, engine, or body. An accident history can be the difference between hundreds or thousands of rands spent on repairs.


Does it run properly? Before buying the vehicle, a proper inspection will alert you if anything is wrong with the brakes, transmission, cooling system, electrical system, suspension, or other significant components. Mechanical problems are expensive and time consuming to repair.


Is it safe to drive? Even some new cars can have hidden defects due to design errors and manufacturing problems such as faulty airbags and seatbelts that could cause serious injury in case of an accident. A proper inspection will point out any safety issues before they become dangerous problems.


A pre-purchase inspection will find potential issues before they become expensive to fix.

A professional vehicle inspection can ensure that you are buying a car in good condition and has not been in a significant accident. If a vehicle has been involved in an accident, this may not be apparent to the untrained eye.


An inspection will find problems and potential issues before they become expensive to fix; however, it will not guarantee that the vehicle is free of any mechanical faults. An expert check could reveal rust or other damage and tell if the tyres and brakes are worn or if there are other signs of wear and tear. The mechanic will also test all lights, electrical systems, the engine, water leaks and any signs of accident damage.


However, you should note that an inspection will only give you an overview of a vehicle’s condition at one point in time—things can deteriorate between assessments.


For this reason (and many others), it’s always good to take your new car for regular check-ups with a trusted mechanic or dealer after purchase.


When sold, cars often show their best side but fail to mention any faults or problems.

Do you know how the saying goes? You can’t judge a book by its cover, especially for a used car. The used car owner might have spiffed it up to impress you, so don’t be too dazzled by a shiny paint job or spotless interior. Remember: the seller of a car is putting their best foot forward and trying to sell their vehicle to you.


This means that even if there are minor problems with the vehicle, the seller could hide them from view, e.g. an engine problem. If there are significant problems with the car, however—such as an oil leak—you should smell them before seeing them and will probably be able to notice them right away.


It’s crucial to inspect a used car because sometimes cars can look great (like they’ve been cared for) but have more significant issues that are harder or impossible to fix.


Ask for a pre-purchase inspection before the sale.

As a buyer, you can request a vehicle inspection before the sale. This gives you bargaining power if the seller is reluctant.


For example, find your dream car but don’t want to buy it without an inspection. Suppose it passes the assessment, of course. In that case, you can offer to pay for the examination and even put down a deposit on the vehicle. This would convince most sellers that you are serious about buying their car if everything checks out.


If your seller is still reluctant, there are a few things they might be concerned about:

  • You might not buy their car or try to get them to drop the price after seeing what it will cost to address some issues.
  • It could show previously unknown problems and give them more hassle with selling their vehicle in the future.
 

Even cheap cars need inspections due to unexpected mechanical failures and costly repairs. And expensive cars with low mileage should be inspected because they could have unseen underlying issues that need immediate attention. Although these concerns may seem valid, this shouldn’t stop anyone from wanting a thorough inspection before spending tens of thousands of rands on a used vehicle—especially one with high mileage or an unfamiliar brand name where maintenance plans may be hard to come by.


If, for example, a seller claims an issue has been fixed, or there was never an issue in the first place, an inspection can easily prove or disprove their claims.

A pre-purchase inspection can give you peace of mind by backing up any seller’s claims regarding the vehicle. If, for example, a seller claims an issue has been fixed, or there was never an issue in the first place, an inspection can easily prove or disprove their claims. An inspection can also reveal problems that may not have been disclosed to you by the seller. Or, in some cases, issues that the seller was not aware of.


Fixxr Mobile Mechanics provides Pre-Purchase Inspections at competitive prices.

  • Do you know what’s better than getting a Pre-Purchase Inspection? Getting one at a great price. That’s why Fixxr Mobile Mechanics is proud to offer fair prices on PPIs.
  • Fixxr is the newest mobility as a service (MaaS) startup. It brings experienced mobile mechanics directly to customers to provide maintenance, inspections, and repairs on their vehicles. With Fixxr, there’s no need to pay for expensive rental cars while your car is in the shop or take time off work to transport your vehicle—Fixxr comes to you at a time that suits you.
  • We know your vehicle investment is essential. It can feel overwhelming trying to find an honest mechanic who offers you peace of mind when making such a big purchase decision. All our mechanics are highly qualified with years of experience in automotive servicing and repair and extensive diagnostic expertise across all makes and models of vehicles. They’re friendly professionals who can’t wait to help make sure you drive away with confidence knowing you’ve made the right decision.
 

A Pre-Purchase Inspection of your car is an essential part of buying a new car.

Before purchasing, a pre-purchase inspection is vital to learn about a car’s history. Whether you’re buying from a dealer or a private party, you want to know what condition it’s in and how much it will cost to fix.


Some people don’t understand why they should pay for an inspection on a car they may not buy. It’s important because:

  • After purchasing your vehicle, you won’t have to worry about any surprise repairs. The inspection will let you know if any problems need attention now or soon.
  • It will help you negotiate a better price for the vehicle. Once you get the results of your inspection report, alerting the seller can be used as leverage when negotiating the cost of the car or asking them to repair items before purchasing.
 

What happens during a pre-purchase inspection?

When it comes to used cars, most dealers and private sellers won’t allow someone else’s mechanic to look at them until after purchase. A pre-purchase inspection is typically done by a mechanic who comes out and does the inspection at their shop or the mobile mechanic unit that comes out and inspects at your home or workplace (which is what we do). This allows both parties involved in the transaction (buyer and seller) to ensure everything goes smoothly without worrying about anything suspicious once they hand over their keys.


The inspector will look at all major components in your car, such as:

  • tires, brake pads/rotors/callipers/lines etc.,
  • suspension components like struts and shocks;
  • engine oil level and condition;
  • check for leaks under the hood, including radiator hoses/belts;
  • transmission fluid dipstick readings which indicate any possible transmission problems;
  • test drive vehicle paying close attention to steering wheel alignment issues with steering wheel adjustment;
  • check engine warning light for trouble codes stored in-vehicle computer;
  • interior damage, including seats, broken seat belts etc.;
  • windshield wipers are working correctly along with exterior lighting systems.
 

Hopefully, after reading our article, you are convinced that a Pre-Purchase Inspection is an essential component of the car buying process. The peace of mind and financial savings from knowing the vehicle is worth your money and more than likely worth the price you pay will be anything but regretful. Book a pre-purchase inspection with Fixxr on our website or call us at 060 043 4632.

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Stop playing; I know my car with your fuel gauge.

 

Stop playing; I know my car with your fuel gauge.

You probably do it all the time – when you’re driving, trying to make sure you have enough petrol to get you to the next safe spot. You keep an eye on your fuel gauge to avoid issues before getting stranded on the road in the middle of nowhere. Well, I hate to break it to you…

 

 

 

Low fuel can cause damage to the fuel pump.

While fuel gauges have improved in cars made within the last ten years, they are not foolproof. In fact, you should never trust your fuel gauge completely, significantly when it dips toward empty. And suppose you’re playing that game of chicken with your fuel gauge and running on fumes. In that case, you’re putting unnecessary stress on your vehicle and risking a breakdown.

 

Why? Well, for one thing, it’s terrible for the health of your fuel pump. How does this work? Your fuel pump is located inside the tank and pumps petrol to your engine. Running low on petrol can cause damage to the fuel pump because it runs hotter due to a lack of cooling liquid surrounding its motor. Additionally, it’s more likely to overheat if you run low on petrol because less fluid is available to process through the system and cool down the mechanism. You can avoid serious (and expensive) problems by keeping an eagle eye on that fuel gauge!

 

 

Low fuel can put your engine under stress.

If you’re the type of person who has to test your limits and constantly push the boundaries, then you may have found yourself in this exact predicament. You run out of fuel and are forced to foot it across town. But say you don’t have time for that kind of exercise or you’re too far away from a petrol station. You leave just enough fuel in your tank to make it home—but as soon as you turn off the engine, you realize that was a terrible decision because now your car won’t start again.

 

Low fuel can put your engine under stress because if it gets too low in the tank, the fuel level can fall below the pump intake, causing it to run dry. Things go downhill, especially if your engine is equipped with an electric fuel pump mounted inside the petrol tank (instead of on top like older vehicles). When there isn’t enough petrol in the tank for cooling purposes and contact with specific vital components, such as pickups and floats, friction increases and could lead to overheating and damage. And even though there are typically screens over these parts to catch anything floating around in one’s petrol tank, they need liquid surrounding them, so they don’t get scorched from being too close to heat sources like exhaust systems or mufflers.

 

 

 

Low fuel levels can lead to a sediment buildup in your fuel tank, getting into your engine.

Think of the fuel in your tank as the water from a bathtub. The water is clean and good to use, but if you let it drain away and don’t refill it for long enough, all manner of gunk (lint, dirt, errant hairs) can build up along the sides and bottom. Eventually, the freshwater will become stirred up once you start using your bathtub again. And if that’s allowed to happen in your car’s tank? Well…it won’t be pretty.

 

Low fuel levels can lead to a sediment buildup in your fuel tank, and this sediment can get into your engine. This is terrible news because it can cause significant damage to the following parts:

  • Fuel filter—This piece strains any impurities or sediment coming through the lines thanks to its built-in mesh screen. If too much junk flows through (as would happen with older fuel), it could become clogged enough that no more fuel can pass through.
  • Fuel injectors inject pressurized gas into your vehicle’s engine to make combustion possible; they’re like mini fire hoses for engines! If these are jammed up with dirt and grime from old fuel, they won’t do their job correctly (or at all).
 

 

Low levels of fuel mean low air levels, which can increase condensation inside your tank. Condensation causes rust, which is bad for your tank, bad for your fuel lines and bad for your engine.

When you leave your petrol tank near empty, the low fuel level also means little room for air in the tank. This can increase condensation inside your tank. Condensation causes rust, which is bad for your tank, bad for your fuel lines and bad for your engine. But why?

 

Air in the tank helps keep fuel fresh, while water can cause premature corrosion to every part of the system. Water forms when excess moisture mixes with the hydrocarbons or sitting still in a partially full or empty tank for long periods. If you tend to drive around with less than a quarter tank of petrol regularly, this could mean that water droplets are forming and settling at the bottom of your tank. The next time you fill up, you bring those water droplets back into contact with the petrol, where they mix and then get pumped through your engine to do some damage. Rusty parts mean fewer parts: if the rust gets severe enough to cause pinhole leaks or serious blockages along any part of the fuel line between the pump and carburettor/injectors (or on other vehicles between the pump and engine), you’re going to have big problems.

 

 

 

If you run out, you have to pay more money to deliver just a little petrol. In contrast, if you filled up earlier, you’d only pay when you added more petrol than you already had.

When you run out of petrol, you have to pay the tow truck driver to bring you just enough fuel to get your car running again. That’s a lot more expensive than just filling up at a petrol station. Here are some tips on how to avoid running out of petrol:

  • Put down your phone and keep track of your car’s fuel gauge; don’t be fooled into thinking that “I know my car” is as reliable a strategy as keeping an eye on the numbers.
  • If you see that your fuel gauge is closing in on empty, weigh the cost of getting more petrol now versus waiting until it runs out—and if it runs out, consider the cost of calling a tow truck against refilling what’s already in there.
  • Try not to get caught up in the rush hour traffic with anything less than half a tank left.

So the next time you’re thinking about playing I-Know-My-Car (the game in which you try to determine how much fuel your car has left by observing warning lights and gauge fluctuations, despite all scientific evidence to the contrary), think again. Save yourself the trouble and don’t go fishing for that petrol station only when you absolutely have to. The best thing you can do is start getting into keeping track of your car’s fuel consumption.

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