4 DIY Car Repair Mistakes to Avoid
November 20, 2023
If you’re a car enthusiast or a budget-conscious individual, do-it-yourself (DIY) car repairs can be a tempting option. The idea of saving money and learning about your vehicle’s inner workings can be highly appealing. However, attempting DIY car repairs without the right knowledge and precautions can quickly lead to costly mistakes and even safety hazards. […]
Your car is more than just a mode of transportation; it’s a trusty companion, a gateway to adventure, and an essential part of your daily life. That’s why, like any valuable possession, your car requires care and attention to keep it performing at its best. Regular car maintenance is the secret to extending your car’s […]
Regular maintenance is the lifeblood of any vehicle, and few tasks are as essential as changing the engine oil. However, the notion of a DIY car oil change can be daunting for many drivers. The reality is that mastering this fundamental skill can save you time and money while ensuring that your car’s engine continues […]
Our vehicles are essential for our daily lives, and that’s why the prospect of unexpected car breakdowns and repairs can often be quite unnerving. We’ve all been there – the ominous engine light, the unsettling noise from the brakes, or the mysterious leak beneath your car. At Online Automotive, we understand that every car owner […]
4 Easy DIY Car Repairs You Can Do at Home
October 20, 2023
In today’s fast-paced world, time is a precious commodity, and our vehicles are lifelines to our daily busy routines. This makes the prospect of car repairs quite daunting. The thought of costly trips to the mechanic or the uncertainty of waiting for a tow truck can send shivers down anyone’s spine. However, what if we […]
How to Choose the Right Car Parts for Your Vehicle
October 12, 2023
When it comes to automotive maintenance and repair, selecting the right car parts for your vehicle can often feel like solving a complex puzzle. Whether you’re a seasoned car enthusiast or a novice driver, the choices you make when it comes to replacing or upgrading car parts can significantly impact your vehicle’s performance, safety and […]
The Best Car Parts for Winter Driving
October 11, 2023
As the chill of winter approaches, it’s time to start preparing your vehicles for the many challenges that come with cold and wet conditions. Winter driving demands special attention to safety and performance, and one way to ensure a smooth and secure journey is by equipping your car with the right winter car parts and […]
The Ultimate Guide to Car Repair Tools
September 28, 2023
In the world of automotive maintenance and repair, having the right tools at your disposal can mean the difference between a smooth, successful project and a frustrating, time-consuming ordeal. Whether you’re a seasoned mechanic or a DIY car enthusiast looking to tackle car repairs on your own, our experts at Online Automotive are here to […]
5 DIY Car Repair Tips and Tricks
September 22, 2023
In a world where vehicles have become an integral part of our daily lives, facing car trouble is almost inevitable at some point. Whether it’s a mysterious clunking sound, a stubborn check engine light, or a routine maintenance task, the prospect of costly repairs can send shivers down your spine. However, the practical and empowering […]
Five Ways to Extend the Life of Your Clutch
January 13, 2023
Your car’s clutch is one of the most complex parts of your vehicle. Its role is not only to pass torque – the energy that causes rotation created in the engine – on to the wheels, empowering the wheels to move. But to control the various driveshafts, so you can safely change speed, or even […]
Why Is My Car’s Engine Sputtering?
December 4, 2022
A sputtering sound coming from your car’s engine is rarely a good sign. But it can mean a variety of things. And some issues are far more easily fixed than others. So, why might your car engine be sputtering? And what can you do about it? Five Reasons Why Your Car Engine Might be Sputtering […]
When Should You Replace Your Spark Plugs?
November 10, 2022
They may be small and unassuming, but spark plugs play an enormous role in your car. Without them, the mixture of fuel and air necessary to make your engine work would not be able to ignite. Your can couldn’t run. But too many of us ignore our spark plugs. Because although they are designed for […]
When Should You Replace Your Wiper Blades?
October 13, 2022
It’s easy to forget about your car’s windscreen wipers. Especially during the summer when they can go for weeks without use. But they’re one of your car’s most important safety features. If your windscreen wipers aren’t working, or the wiper blades need replacing, it can hugely impact your view of the road. And this can […]
Why Do Starter Motors Fail?
September 16, 2022
The function of some car parts can be pretty obscure. Rack ends and drag links, CV joints and diesel glow plugs. Unless you’re a mechanic, you’d be forgiven for not immediately comprehending their purpose. But your car’s starter motor has its name on the tin. Internal combustion engines simply aren’t self-starters. They need something else […]
What is DPF Cleaning?
June 27, 2022
If your car is diesel fuelled, you are legally obliged to have a diesel particulate filter (DPF) fitted as part of your exhaust system. It became a legal requirement in the UK in 2009. With the aim to help reduce carbon emissions. The problem is that over time DPFs have a tendency to malfunction as […]
What do Exhaust Sleeves Do?
June 13, 2022
Your car’s exhaust system is probably more complex than you think. Comprised of multiple parts, far beyond the tailpipe that most of us have in mind when referring to exhausts, there are lots of things that can go wrong with it. And a lot of parts you may not know the function of. And one […]
How to Find an Exhaust Leak and What to Do About It
May 27, 2022
Leaks are one of the most commonly occurring problems with car exhaust systems. And they can be an issue for a number of reasons. They’re bad for the environment, usually causing your car to release exhaust gas before it passes through the catalytic converter. They impact your car’s performance, by causing it to burn too […]
What is an Exhaust Gasket For?
May 9, 2022
Your car’s exhaust system has a lot of components. The purpose of some of them is fairly common knowledge. But other parts need to work harder on their PR! And exhaust gaskets fall into the second category. They are an integral part of a car’s safe performance. But not everyone knows why. So, What is […]
What can go wrong with a car’s exhaust system?
April 22, 2022
Your exhaust system plays a big part in the overall performance of your car. If your exhaust isn’t working well, then sooner or later you’re going to know about it. The difficulty is, however, that the exhaust system is a large and fairly complex piece of kit, comprising multiple parts. So, working out what the […]
Your car’s exhaust system has been designed to perform four main functions. Most importantly, it directs exhaust fumes away from passengers. It improves engine performance and fuel consumption. And it helps to reduce the noise produced by your engine – or to enhance it, depending on your tastes. But how can you tell if your […]
What Are The Key Components of Your Car’s Braking System?
March 28, 2022
Even the most novice of drivers know the importance of a car’s braking system. The safety of you, your car, your passengers, and everyone else you pass on the road depends on it. But do you know the parts that make up your braking system? Or how to spot problems, should they arise? The Key […]
What Are Brake Shoes and Why Are They Important?
March 10, 2022
Maybe not surprisingly, car brakes are pretty complicated pieces of kit. They utilise many different parts to function fully. Which can make identifying problems awkward for the untrained. And one of the least well-known brake parts is the brake shoe. So, what are brake shoes? And why is it important to make sure that they […]
Everything You Need to Know About Brake Pads
February 23, 2022
Your brakes are essentially your lifesavers when it comes to driving. Without them, so much can go wrong. But more often than not, their safe functionality can hinge on little more than a sliver of steel: your brake pads. So, what do you need to know about brake pads to keep yourself safe on the […]
How Do You Know if Your Brake Master Cylinder is Failing?
February 4, 2022
Your car’s braking system is a pretty complex piece of kit. And there are a lot of things that can go wrong. But integral to the functionality of all parts of your brakes is the brake master cylinder. So, what does it do, and how do you know if it has a problem? How to […]
Common Brake Problems – Why Is My Car Pulling to One Side?
January 24, 2022
Your car’s braking system is fairly complex. It involves various integrated parts, any of which have the potential to malfunction. So, although there are plenty of warning signs that your brakes may need attention, identifying the part that is having problems can be difficult. And one of the most common issues is the feeling that […]
Five Signs You Might Need to Replace Your Car’s Brakes
January 7, 2022
Defective brakes are one of the most common causes of road traffic accidents in the UK. Between 2013 and 2018, malfunctioning brake parts contributed to a total of 3,894 reported accidents, according to the Department for Transport. And the sad thing is that greater awareness of vehicle performance could have helped prevent many of these […]
Does My Car Exhaust Need to Be Replaced?
December 17, 2021
If you have a new car, the chances are that your exhaust pipe will last as long as the rest of your vehicle. Made from stainless steel or chrome, they are high quality and robust. As long as you drive carefully and give your car proper maintenance, you’re unlikely to have any problems. But that’s […]
How Do You Know if There’s a Problem with Your Fuel Pump?
November 30, 2021
Unless you own a fully electric vehicle, your car will have a fuel pump. Its job is to pump your fuel from the tank to the engine at a consistent pressure. Without it, your car simply wouldn’t work. But because fuel pumps are active whenever a vehicle’s ignition is on, they get a lot of […]
Which Car Parts Are Most Prone to Rust
November 26, 2021
Winter is the absolutely worst time if you’re worried about rust on your car. With the permanently wet weather, and salt regularly coating our roads, corrosion of multiple car parts is common. But which parts of your card should you be most aware of? And what can you do when serious rust strikes? Rust and […]
How Do You Know You Can Trust Your Online Car Parts Supplier?
November 5, 2021
Online shopping is nothing new. You’ve probably already purchased at least one thing online this week. Maybe even today. But what about car parts? Although high quality car parts are very much available online, and often at a very favourable price point, a lack of confidence in the supplier can deter people from making a […]
Which Car Parts Are Most Vulnerable to Winter Weather?
October 19, 2021
We’re quite lucky in the UK. As much as most of us love the occasional heavy dumping of snow, our weather is fairly inoffensive in winter. We get storms, but not on the scale of the US. It’s cold, but not like much of Europe. And icy roads only occur for a few weeks a […]
How Do You Know if You’ve Got Coil Springs Problems?
October 5, 2021
Coil springs. They’re one of those car parts that most drivers don’t know much about. In fact, if you’ve never had problems with yours, you’d be forgiven for not even knowing that they existed. Because it’s quite uncommon for coil springs to go wrong. They’re sturdy, durable things that will usually last for years. But […]
New Car Parts vs Used: Which is Best for You?
September 22, 2021
Buying car parts from traditional vendors can be expensive. But the chances are, if you own a car, you’re going to need to purchase replacement parts at some point. Whether it’s something relatively simple, like brake pads, or for something less common and more involved. Both options can be expensive, so it can be tempting […]
The Five Most Common Catalytic Converter Problems
September 19, 2021
Introduced in 1975, and made a legal requirement for all petrol cars in 1993, catalytic converters have become one of the first lines of defence against vehicle pollution. Their job is to take the most harmful emissions released by a car’s exhaust – carbon monoxide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, and hydrocarbons – and convert them […]
What Do You Need to Know About Brake Calipers
September 17, 2021
A car’s braking system is a complicated thing, involving various parts. Most drivers understand the role of the brake pads, discs, and cables. But what about the brake calipers? What do they do? Why are they important? And how do you know if they’re working properly?
How to Install a Clutch Kit
September 15, 2021
Replacing a clutch kit is one of those things that leaves most of us thinking of costly mechanic bills. It’s integral to vehicle functionality. It’s not just tinkering around the edges. It is serious work. And actually, kind of a scary prospect because of that. The thing is, replacing a clutch kit isn’t that hard. If you have a bit of basic mechanical knowledge, and the willingness to give DIY a try, you might be able to save yourself a pound or two.
How Do You Know If Your Engine Oil Needs Changing?
September 1, 2021
If you own a car, you probably know that you’ll need to change your engine oil from time to time. But do you know when you need to change it? Acting as a lubricant for all of the moving parts within your vehicle, your engine oil is vitally important to your car’s performance. But because […]
Five Signs Your Alternator Needs Fixing or Replacing
August 30, 2021
Not sure when to change your alternator? No problem here are 5 signs it might be time for a new one.