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How to Replace your Serpentine Belt

Mechanic holding car engine belt part

If you know your way around a car’s engine, then you’ll know what a serpentine belt (or drive belt) is. Automatic belt tensioners are now standard in most cars, so replacing a serpentine belt is one of those jobs that it is possible to do yourself.

Here’s our DIY guide to how to change your serpentine belt.

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How to tax your car (the complete guide)

Note in car window says 'TAX IN POST'

There have been some significant changes to the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) regulations in recent years, with more to come in the near future. Here’s our guide to the vehicle tax rules, and answers to some common questions you may have about how to tax your car.

Ultimately, the car tax you pay will differ depending on how environmentally friendly the car is. That’s because the amount of tax you pay on your vehicle is based on the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) it emits into the atmosphere.

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Basic Car Maintenance: How to change your spark plugs

Spark plug

An essential part of your engine’s operation, spark plugs are something which you can replace yourself with relative ease.

When the engine fires, the spark causes the ignition cycle to begin. As this happens every time you start your car, the metal in the plugs will inevitably burn out over time. As this happens, eventually the gap between the electrodes becomes too vast for the spark to travel, leading to misfires, weak acceleration and poor mileage.

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The complete guide to replacing a fuel filter

Car mechanic working in a garage

A fuel filter is one of those components in your car that do a quiet but important job, ensuring that your engine runs effectively and smoothly. Here’s our guide to fuel filter replacement if you fancy doing it yourself at home.

You can locate the fuel filter either in the fuel tank itself or in the fuel lines between the tank and the fuel pump. If you are unsure check your vehicle manual to locate it. The fuel filter prevents debris, dirt, dust and other particulates from entering the fuel system, contaminating the engine and affecting performance. Over time the filter itself will become clogged, obstructing the flow of fuel to the engine.

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How to scrap a car

How to scrap a car

Every year in Britain, around one million cars are scrapped. It might be that you’ve decided that scrapping your own car is the best financial option. If that’s the case, then keep reading: this is our guide on everything you need to know about what to do to scrap a car.

Scrapping a car is relatively simple. However, as with all things vehicle-related, there is some paperwork involved.

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