Lights and Batteries

Start-stop battery advice


  1. Posted on June 8th, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. A variety of technologies have been fitted to modern cars within the last decade that are intended to reduce exhaust emissions and fuel use. As we are discovering to our detriment, many such systems tend to have more of a positive benefit within a closed laboratory, then in real life. An example of this is […]

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Vauxhall’s IntelliLux LED headlamps – are they any good?


  1. Posted on April 29th, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. Technology moves at a frightening pace. Only 18 months have passed, since an automotive lighting laboratory proved that production-ready LED headlamps were considerably inferior to HID Xenon types. Yet, the latest adaptive LED headlamps challenge this finding but their availability has been limited to certain very pricey models. That is, until Vauxhall launched its IntelliLux […]

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GEM’s latest research on illegal car bulbs


  1. Posted on March 29th, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. With the days becoming longer, you may not think that lighting is as important but, as GEM Motoring Assist discovered, when it contributed to an Auto Express investigative feature on illegal bulbs in issue 1410, at the end of February, even a minor, but well-intentioned, lighting upgrade could result in a driver breaking the law […]

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Restore, not renew, discoloured headlights


  1. Posted on February 19th, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. Since glass headlight lenses were replaced with plastic covers, they have become more inclined to discolour and age. While glass would last indefinitely, unless shattered by an errant stone, or unstuck from the headlamp casing, the sun’s ultra-violet rays and chemicals from screen wash additives cause the plastic covers to degrade. The problem leads to […]

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Replace your battery before it damages your car


  1. Posted on September 30th, 2015 by Rob Marshall
  2. In the old days, it was possible for a car to soldier on with a dying battery for many months, until an early morning non-start dictated that the part really be replaced. Yet, with modern cars being stacked full of sophisticated electronics, an underperforming battery tends to cause more damage (and expense) than simply the […]

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Car battery care tips


  1. Posted on February 4th, 2015 by Rob Marshall
  2. With batteries being sealed, they tend to be ignored, until they are subjected to an outpouring of disgust, when they fail to start an engine. With cold weather reducing their capacities and making engines harder to start, the savvy car owner can save money and reduce the chance of battery let-down, by following these ten […]

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Blinding Ridiculous


  1. Posted on February 4th, 2014 by Rob Marshall
  2. Even though I spend much of my time driving in the dark at this time of year, I have been dazzled, with greater frequency, by the headlights of oncoming cars. While some of this could be attributed to misaligned lamps, I have identified that the worst offenders tend to be equipped with High Intensity Discharge […]

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Your Guide to the Car Battery


  1. Posted on November 29th, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Car battery failure is one of the most common causes of an engine refusing to start and Rob Marshall advises that extra checks are necessary to reduce the chance of an annoying wintry inconvenience. It can be illogical for an otherwise reliable vehicle to fail to start at the first sign of a cold snap. […]

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