Oils and Fluids

Level checks – heed the Max


  1. Posted on August 14th, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2. While ensuring correct fluid levels is vital for year-round reliability, a useful reminder to help prevent a ruined summer holiday is to make sure that your car is in good health, prior to venturing on a long journey. Yet, while levels should not be permitted to fall below any ‘minimum’ marks, it is essential to […]

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My toolbox – Gunson Tools One Man Eezibleed kit


  1. Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. While not trying to get too philosophical, everything has a finite life and one of the most useful items in my toolbox has just bitten-the-dust. My Gunson’s one man brake ‘Eezibleed’ kit has been dispatched to landfill after eight years of renewing the fluid from the brake and clutch systems of the ten cars that […]

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Will ‘Dieselgate’ turn into ‘Petrolgate’?


  1. Posted on November 15th, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. If you drive a diesel vehicle, especially in the city, the government will be out to get you. Or so we are to believe. With urban air pollution being a political hot-potato, not helped by the diesel emissions ‘cheating’ scandal (of which both carmakers and governments are to blame) I have become increasingly concerned by […]

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Diesel Particulate Filter introduced for petrols


  1. Posted on August 24th, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. Despite the heavy criticisms that have been directed at diesel engines in the past few years, the fuel still offers advantages. Recently, I liaised with a committee that influences the UK government’s air quality policies, which recommends the diesel scrappage scheme (of which I do not approve, as written here). I queried, if people scrap […]

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Watch out for the expensive refuelling mistake…


  1. Posted on February 3rd, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. Especially at this time of year, most of our minds are focussed on other things. Therefore, it is easy to drift into ‘auto-pilot’, when conducting some of most simple tasks. Refuelling is a case in point. OSV, the vehicle supply professionals, surveyed 500 people and found that, while men were more likely to fill a […]

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A different slant on the diesel car “BAN”


  1. Posted on May 15th, 2015 by Rob Marshall
  2. Just like healthy eating advice that tends to vary wildly in its recommendations, the British public is now being told that previous car buying fiscal incentives might not have been such a good idea after all. With air pollution, mainly in London, failing to meet EU-set targets, and with British taxpayers having to stump up […]

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Post-winter car checks


  1. Posted on April 21st, 2015 by Rob Marshall
  2. Now that spring is in the air and the weather is improving, it is a good idea to reward your car for getting you through winter safely. Not only will your vehicle look and feel better, treating it to a spring clean will also help to enhance its value.   1. PAINT Paint tends to suffer […]

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Your Guide to Automotive Cooling Systems


  1. Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. The cooling system tends to be overlooked until a fault develops and so Rob Marshall explains how to avoid car overheating. As an internal combustion engine wastes so much energy, the cooling system is charged with dissipating large amounts of excess heat. Coolant (a solution of water and antifreeze) is pumped around the engine to […]

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Your Guide to Servicing: Filters


  1. Posted on November 29th, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. An essential part of car servicing is routine replacement of filters but, because they are often neglected, Rob Marshall reveals what they are and why periodic replacement is so important. Keeping the various fluids and fuels clean is essential to prolonging your car’s life and enhancing its reliability. Unfortunately, the ‘out of sight, out of […]

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Your Guide to Servicing: Choosing Car Engine Oil


  1. Posted on November 29th, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. With choice at the motor factors being so utterly bewildering, Rob Marshall advises on the importance of buying the correct engine lubricant. WHAT DOES ENGINE OIL DO? Ultimately, motor oil separates your engine from a very large repair bill. Without lubrication, an engine will run for less than a few minutes, before being severely damaged, […]

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