• 08, June, 2018 11:35:12

      How to identify Aftermarket Car Stereo Wire Colours

    How to identify Aftermarket Car Stereo Wire ColoursThe simplest way to self-install an aftermarket car stereo is to use a vehicle/stereo specific wiring diagram or installation instructions. However, unlike OEM head units, the wiring colours used by most aftermarket manufacturers are pretty uniform so it is not compulsory to have the fitting instructions to be able to complete the install. You should be able to fit the head unit using this wiring information as a guide. If the head unit you are installing has the pigtail harness and it uses standard colours then the wiring colours/information should be:Power: Yellow wire - Constant 12volt ...
  • 07, June, 2018 04:34:23

      How to prepare for a Long Car Journey in 5 simple steps

    How to prepare for a Long Car Journey in 5 simple steps Preparation is key when planning a long journey. If you are going on a road trip here are a few tips to make sure your journey is plain sailing.   Step 1Vehicle checks:Make sure to carry out a full vehicle inspection a week before you plan to travel so you have time to sort out any major problems you may have. Then check the vehicle the day before you travel making sure you fill up on the essentials: fuel, oil, coolant and screen wash. For more advice click here to see our ...
  • 07, June, 2018 11:38:04

      How to pair a Parrot MKI remote control in 3 simple steps

    How to pair a Parrot MKI handsfree remote in 3 simple stepsIf you have a Parrot MKI 9200 handsfree kit, you will have a small remote and a display screen, if the remote stops working, works intermittently or you have a replacement it may need re-pairing to the car kit. Step 1Switch on the ignition:The pairing of the remote will need to be done within 30 seconds of switching on the ignition when the handsfree kit is powering on. Wait for the graphic equalizer and Parrot logo to disappear.Step 2 Pairing the remote:As soon as the car kit shows the standard display, ...
  • 07, June, 2018 12:36:45

      How to check the Towing Capacity of your Vehicle

    How to check the Towing Capacity of your Vehicle It is important to know that not all vehicles are suitable for towing. To find out if your vehicle has towing capabilities you will need to check the towing capacity; this is the maximum weight the vehicle can legally and safely tow. To work out vehicles towing capacity you will need two key figures. The Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) and the Gross Train Weight (GTW) these can be found on the VIN plate and vehicle manual. To calculate towing capacity, subtract GVW from GTW. This will give you a figure in kilograms and will ...
  • 06, June, 2018 01:59:24

      How to test an Alternator in 7 simple steps

    How to test an Alternator in 7 simple steps An alternator has two key roles within a vehicle, it charges the battery and keeps the electrical components running. If the alternator becomes faulty, the battery light on the dashboard may illuminate, however, if the light doesn’t come on there are other signs to be aware of:• If the alternator belts aren’t turning freely or have slipped on the pulley there may be a noticeable burning rubber smell• If the alternator fails it may cause bearings to fail in the engine and there may be a noticeable rattling sound• If the alternator ...