Engine and Transmission

Is your clutch failing?


  1. Posted on December 30th, 2021 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Major clutch problems are expensive to resolve. The main reason is that most cars have to be dismantled extensively to replace the clutch kit. In most cases, the gearbox has to be removed. However, it is always worth consulting a garage first, before presuming that the clutch is worn out, because some issues can be […]

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Save money with DSG gearbox repairs


  1. Posted on December 30th, 2021 by Rob Marshall
  2. With there being no obvious difference within the car, especially as the gear-lever tends to have the same ‘P’, ‘R’, ‘N’ and ‘D’ positions, many drivers are not aware whether their car is fitted with an ‘automatic’, or an ‘automated-manual’ gearbox.   Twin-clutch gearboxes fit in the ‘automated-manual’ category, because they consist of two manual […]

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Diesel glow plugs


  1. Posted on December 28th, 2021 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Modern diesel engines tend not to require pre-warming in normal weather, unlike their ancestors. Yet, an electrical heater/glow plug is still fitted. Therefore, you might not notice that a glow plug has deteriorated, or stopped working, until your car appears hesitant to start on a cold morning. It may even misfire, or run unevenly until […]

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Timing belt changes: patience is a virtue


  1. Posted on November 22nd, 2021 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Many car owners realise the potential dire consequence of timing belt failure. Belt breakage tends to mean a wrecked engine and a repair bill totalling many thousands of pounds.   For this reason, anything that could fail and reduce timing belt life is changed as well. This includes pulleys, tensioners and, sometimes, the engine water […]

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Running on empty: how it harms your car


  1. Posted on October 4th, 2021 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2.   The UK has witnessed scenes within the last week that have not been seen for twenty-one years. Panic buying, queues outside filling stations and frustrated motorists formed the first significant challenge for Tony Blair’s premiership all those years ago. Now, they are back. Yet, motorcar fuel systems have changed, since New Labour was in […]

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E10 petrol and accidental use


  1. Posted on August 17th, 2021 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. ‘Standard’ 95RON petrol is due to have its bio-ethanol content increased from up to 5% (E5) to up to 10% (E10) from September. If this is news to you, it is worth checking out:   Our 2018 blog that looked at when consultations started about the fuel: https://blog.motoringassist.com/general-motoring/will-new-green-e10-petrol-cost-dear/   You can access a later blog […]

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Faults: Keep calm but don’t carry on


  1. Posted on August 3rd, 2021 by Rob Marshall
  2.   Many people are at a loss when a dashboard warning light appears suddenly. To an extent, this is understandable, because the meaning of many symbols can be far from obvious. Even owner handbooks tend not to be very helpful. Yet, any dashboard warning should not be ignored and, should one appear, it is a […]

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E10 – unless you drive diesel, or fully electric, you will be affected


  1. Posted on July 6th, 2021 by Rob Marshall
  2.     As you may have heard from the mainstream media, E10 petrol is due to hit UK forecourts in September. This will see up 10% ethanol added to regular 95 RON, instead of the present <5% content (E5). In this introductory blog, GEM shall tackle some of the most common questions that our members have […]

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Cat-napper warning for hybrid owners


  1. Posted on July 2nd, 2021 by Rob Marshall
  2. Thieves are profiting handsomely from the high prices of precious metals, employed within catalytic converters to cleanse exhaust gases. As used catalytic converters can have a scrap value of hundreds of pounds, it is easy money for a thief, who can jack up your car, cut up the exhaust system and escape within minutes.   […]

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Call for stricter diesel emissions MOT Tests for illegally tampered diesels


  1. Posted on June 24th, 2021 by Rob Marshall
  2. The Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality (WCRAQ) is calling for the MOT to include a diesel particulate filter (DPF) efficiency test, in a bid to rid UK highways of cars that have had their anti-pollution systems tampered with illegally.   DPF trap carbon particulates, which are known carcinogens, hindering them from being expelled into […]

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