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5 Tips from our mechanics – a few basic things you need to know about your car

Posted by Bastian, 10 Feb, 2016

Ready for your roadtrip? Bought you car? Here comes Australia…but not before reading some vital tips from our mechanics to ensure a safe trip…


Obvious one – but so often forgotten or simply chosen to save money on. A basic service will often cost you anywhere between $75 to $150 and will check the basic needs of each vehicle – oil, filters, tyres and so on….with a breakdown come towing/mechanical costs which are outweighing the service costs greatly!!



Check your battery before heading onto a long trip – most batteries have nowadays an indicator that will advise of the stage of the battery. A pair of jump starters are also quite useful to have for your trip.


For any Wagons – aim for 32 psi – for a Van/Campervan around 45 psi. Any inflatable tyre can lead to explosion as well as using up more petrol!


For all those out there planning to travel through the outback or during our hot summer – I am talking 35 degrees and higher – always have a spear radiator hose. These hoses explode quite quickly and will leave you stranded on the road. Depending on where you are – and if there is any indication that your vehicle might have overheated – DO NOT DRIVE THE CAR. Your car might require an oil change as some water might have leaked into the engine!


Depending how much you drive check all your oil/water on a weekly basis. Running out of oil & water is just so unnecessary and often requires a brand new engine…here goes the party money!!!

If you are after buying a car or some basic information feel free to contact Travellers Autobarn – your car rental & sales specialist 😉

2 thoughts on "5 Tips from our mechanics - a few basic things you need to know about your car"

  1. Herman Tromp on

    it can be helpfull too, to take an extra belt (driving the coolingwaterpump/fan) with You...they cost next to nothing but can really save You when You're stuck somewhere 'back of Bourke'...

  2. WebbRowan on

    It is important to make sure your car is safe especially when you are planning to travel quite a distance on that road trip. You wouldn’t want to be stranded at the roadside without any tools to settle any minor breakdown problems you might face along the way.

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