How to Diagnose a Broken Catalytic Converter

Broken Catalytic Converter

The cars we use today have a component such as a catalytic converter so we thankfully won’t be contributing to air pollution while we use our precious rides. When everything’s working normal, this vital part of the exhaust system functions to reduce emissions. The chemical catalyst filled in its metal canister is the one responsible for converting the harmful gases into safer compounds that can now be emitted into our atmosphere.

Although it is not really common for it to just fail easily, it would be really better if we were given a heads-up instead of being surprised by your failed emissions test, right? So don’t you fret. Advance Car Wreckers is here to help you out.

As your trusted car wreckers and car removal Melbourne company, we give you 5 of the most common signs and symptoms to know if your catalytic converter is already or about to be broken:

Poor Engine Performance

If you notice that your car has sluggish or weak acceleration, you might be facing issues with your cat. It will act as if there’s an airlock in your exhaust system that’s why the car will feel like it’s having a hard time getting fuel into the engine. Many people get it wrong by thinking their muffler is the problem for having less power and reduced acceleration, but it’s really your catalytic converter.

Low Fuel Economy

Now because there’s a reduction in your power and acceleration, it’ll most definitely affect your car’s fuel efficiency as well. Minor drops in your MPG can be hard to detect. But if you’re seriously noticing that you have been using up more petrol than usual, then you might want to check if you have failing cat.

Engine Misfire and Noises

There are times when the catalytic converter gets too old, worn, and damaged. When that happens to you, you might be having issues especially when starting your engine. You could hear rattling noises and notice some misfiring upon starting. In some cases, you may also experience rough idling or stalling in your vehicle.

Strange Exhaust Odors

Because it’s an essential part in the exhaust system, the catalytic converter might be the culprit if you are smelling some strange odors. Your nose could just be your savior when it comes to detecting a bad cat. So if you do sense some strong and pungent smells coming from your exhaust, it might be that your catalytic converter is not working properly and it’s essentially being flooded with more fuel than usual.


Your exhaust system is equipped with O2 sensors. If you want to double-check the issue with your catalytic converter, temporarily remove them from the exhaust. And if after doing so you notice that there’s a considerable discrepancy in your car’s performance, then it means your converter is clogged and is already going bad.

Increased Emissions

Well, if your catalytic converter is really in fail mode, then there’s no doubt that your car will be producing more emissions. By seeing your car’s unusual increase of emissions, that means that there is a contamination in the chemical catalysts in the converter. Some modern vehicles will have their Check Engine lights on when this happens. Well, if you do see these signs, it should be a no-brainer that you have to fix it up first before actually scheduling or going to your emissions test. If you do want to pass, that is.

Without a properly functioning catalytic converter, you are not only going to fail your emissions test, but you are also causing more pollution. So before it even escalates to more serious car issues, address it immediately.

Are you in search of reliable car wreckers Melbourne or a leading car wreckers Victoria company who would gladly take your old car with a  broken cat, damaged engine, or failed transmission system? Then look no further and choose Advance Car Wreckers. We are trusted by many car owners in the area for we have been providing a fast and efficient old car removal Melbourne service. So speak with our friendly and dependable operators now and call 0405 063 700.

How to Clean a Flood Damaged Interior

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It’s never really that much of a hassle driving during the rainy season. Just give your ride a good wash and wax, then you’re once again ready to go. But when we’re talking about storms and floods, now that’s a whole different story. Once you see dirty flood water come rushing to the insides of your car, who wouldn’t panic? Aside from the fact that your car will automatically get bad rep for being a flood damaged used car, you’ll also be anxious and worried about the serious damages it could cause your precious ride.

Being one of the reputable and trusted professional cash for cars Melbourne that has had over two decades of experience, Advance Car Wreckers has already seen and handled many kinds of cars that have been in the mercy of nature’s wrath. Well, it is indeed a troublesome situation; but it shouldn’t be a hopeless one. Instead of crying over spilled milk, you must act and do something about right away. Believe us, it’s doable. And don’t worry ‘coz we won’t leave you hanging. As your trusted junk car removalists and car wreckers in Melbourne, we now provide you with tips on how to deal with a car with a flood-damaged interior:

  • Double-check everything

Before going deep into reviving your car’s interior, make sure that there really isn’t anything wrong with your engine. Besides, what could be more important than that. After knowing that your car runs as normal, check which parts of your interior are drenched in flood water. You may also want to see if your headlights, taillights, and signal lights also have water inside them. If that’s the case, you may want to take them out first before causing any damage to your car’s lights. Then, disconnect your battery.


  • Open it for some sunshine


Now to get your flooded vehicle ready, park it outdoors – preferably an obstructed area where your car can be hit by the sunlight at all sides. Then, open up everything. Open the doors, lower your windows, open the trunk, and open even the sunroof if your car has one.


  • Strip your car down


Dismantling could be overwhelming, especially for first-timers or car owners who rarely get their hands dirty. But even how daunting this seems to be, remember that this is the most essential part of the whole process. You have to take out every part of your interior that have gotten wet. Remove the floor mats then immediately hang them out to dry under the sun. If you have seat covers, remove them as well. Again, everything drenched must come out. So if your car seats and doors’ plastic panels are wet, take them out as well. Lay each one outside so they could dry under the sun and the outside air. You may also want to remove the carpet foam/padding. A dry carpet over a soaked pad will most definitely cause mold and mildew build-up. And if they’re really soaked up, don’t consider drying and using them again. Just buy a new one to be 100% sure. They won’t cost that much.


  • Time for some drying


This step will be the one to take up the most of your time because you want to be extra sure that your car is absolutely free from any trace of water inside. Using a wet and dry vacuum, suck up all the remaining flood water from every nook and cranny. Work your way from top to bottom or bottom to top, per area, so it’ll be easy or you not to miss any part. After vacuuming each area, turn the device off and wipe it with a clean and dry absorbent towel or rag. Then run your fingers through it to double-check that it isn’t moist anymore. If you want to repeat the process for each area to make sure, go right ahead. Don’t forget small crevices like the center console, door steps, and other areas with small curves and corners.

Afterwhich, get extension cords and fans from your house. If you have an oscillating fan, you can place it inside your car. If not, you may just get normal fans and place them at each door. If you have 4, the better. Wait for a few hours for the air to circulate inside.


  • Clean it up


If it was just plain water that have drenched the parts of your car, then after drying everything out you’ll be pretty much done. The bad news is, flood water is filthy. So what you need to do now is get rid of the mud, stray leaves, and the other dirt that came with the water. For the plastic panels of your interiors, you may just use interior cleaners and then just wipe them dry. For your empty car’s metal parts like the floor or where your seats are attached to, clean it with mild soap and water. Then lay a coat of baking soda so it won’t start to rust. After leaving it for a few minutes, you may have to use the vacuum again to get rid of the baking soda.

Leave your car first and turn to the carpet, floor mats, and/or seats you have let out to dry. You may use car shampoo or upholstery cleaners and a brush for those. Finish by scrubbing them with clean wet towels. If you have the time to wait, and it’s still sunny outside, it’s best if you let nature dry them all up. But if not, you may use the wet-dry vacuum as well or a hair dryer. If you have leather car seats, use the appropriate leather cleaners.


  • Finish up


After making sure everything is 101% dry, put everything back inside. Again, don’t put your old padding back inside. Make sure you got a new one before putting back your carpet and floor mats. While you’re at it buying new padding, you may also want to get bulk packs of moisture-absorbing silica gels. These can be placed under your seats so any moisture inside is absorbed even if it gets too steamy outside. If you’re sure everything’s clean but you still detect some nasty smell, you may get some charcoal, place it in open containers, and put it inside your car as well. Wrap up by spraying some odor-eliminating sprays (better if the ones with anti-bacterial agents) like Lysol and other leading brands.

Have the electricals checked by a professional mechanic before you turn them all on again.

If your car has really suffered from an unfortunate natural disaster like flood, you only have two choices. Work on it immediately like the process we’ve shared you, or, you leave it to rust and rot. Your call.

Now should your car be totally wrecked from a storm or flood, that even the engine and transmission has got some serious problems, then you might consider handing it over to us. As car buyer Melbourne that has been in the business for 20 years,  we have acquired many clients because of our fast and efficient service. Trust us to take care of your flooded vehicle and put it to good use. Call us now at 0405 063 700.

10+ Brutal Car Crash Tests That Changed The Way Cars Are Built

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Whether you are someone who knows how to drive or not, it isn’t a surprise that cars are indeed dangerous machines. In fact, car crashes and road accidents account for most of the sudden deaths all over the world. Simply put, your life is automatically at risk the moment you drive or even just ride in one.

Because of this, over the years, auto manufacturers all over the globe unceasingly find ways to make cars that are more safe and durable. And gladly, all the improvements and advancements in the techniques that cars have been tested for collisions have dramatically decreased the number of fatal car accidents. Actually, some of the car crash tests are so harsh and brutal enough to cause accidents. But because of that, more and more people have been reduced to such car injuries. A proof that these so-called brutal crash tests enabled the manufacturers to modify the way they design and build the cars we use today.

Given that, aren’t you just curious to see what those brutal crash tests are and how they do it? Well, to simply enlighten you (and maybe entertain a little), your leading car removalists and car wreckers Melbourne, Advance Car Wreckers, is here to share with you more than 10 of the wild crash tests they do to show how our modern vehicles now handle the harshest of impacts:

2009 Chevy Malibu vs. 1959 Chevy Bel Air

Not too long ago, the enthusiastic classic car lovers believed that their beloved rides that included heavy yachts aren’t that prone to crashes as compared to the lighter and smaller cars we have today. The 2009 and 1959 Chevies were driven to crash and smash up head on. And without crumple zones, airbags, or seatbelts, the ‘59 Chevy collapses around the driver upon impact. Hence receiving a ‘poor’ rating. The driver really would’ve been killed.

Tesla Model S Frontal Crash Test

Because of this test, many have proven and believed that the Tesla Model S is simply an impressive vehicle. The test isn’t as brutal as the others. The Model S is driven at high speeds just to crash a wall. Why was the Model S included in the category of cars with the highest crash ratings? Well part of the reason is that because the car doesn’t have an engine up front, it provides more room for collision. The Tesla Model S just proves the new and modern cars we have today are definitely a lot safer – and it gets even better in the future.

2016 Volvo XC90 Off-road Crash Test

Volvo is popular for making “the world’s safest cars”. And after this crash test, indeed, Volvo is still a pioneer in automotive safety. Having introduced the all-new XC90, the company made a pledge that no passenger (in a Volvo car) will be killed or seriously injured from the year 2020 forward. And to help demonstrate this, they used the XC90 in an extreme test. The new family wagon was launched into a ditch running at 50 mph. The SUV goes into the air and then lands with its behind first before pitching forward and slamming its nose into the ground. The Volvo wagon as well as its dummy occupants seem to be in good shape afterwards.

2010 Mercedes SLS AMG Crash Test

It’s definitely a lot easier to watch a regular family sedan to get destroyed after a brutal crash test. But for a high-end luxury car like a Benz? That’s simply heartbreaking and painful to watch. However, there are two cool things we’d like to point out with this test: One is that this shows how much time and effort is allotted before you really set up a good car crash test. And second, it shows the functionality of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG’s gullwing doors. Because they open upwards instead of out into the curb, the famous carmaker had to engineer them in such a way that these doors could easily detach from the body in case of road accidents, such as a rollover. After watching that crash test, we simply had two words in mind: brilliant and impressive.

1990 Ford Focus 120mph Crash Test

Some of you may not know but, there is actually no place in the world where they do crash tests with speeds going near 120 miles per hour. However, a British automotive show named Fifth Gear urged to find out what would happen to a 1990s Ford Focus if it crashed into a barrier at that speed. Brace yourself before you even check out its video as it’s truly a nerve-racking and chilling one to watch. The very strong engine of the Ford Focus accelerates to 160 mph in just 68 milliseconds. Thus, eventually causing a lot of damage to the car.

The Volkswagen Bus Crash Test

Sold in the US from 1979 to 1991, the Vanagon, a Volkswagen third-generation bus, gained so much popularity. Even though the VW buses look more uncompromising today, the flat-front vans back have looks that are rather more skeptical. It seems as though they won’t do well in collisions. But when you watch a video of this test, you’d see how these VW machines actually do better in collisions than we could ever have imagined. A ‘deformation zone’ was arranged and designed by VW so that the driver wouldn’t take much of the impact in a crash. When it was time for them to test this while the passengers are unbelted, well, we’d guess right because the passengers simply flew out the front window.

1962 Cadillac vs. 2002 Cadillac Crash Test

Well, some say that this test is just not as professional or scientific as the other crash tests. But albeit all the things that have gone wrong during and after this test, there is still something good and cool learning that we’ve gotten right after. With this crash test, you can see how much intrusion to the passenger cabin was sustained by the older Cadillac. The show’s technicians who have performed this placed an accelerometer inside the 1962 model and it eventually recorded a force equivalent to a car falling 18 stories down. Simply devastating.

Ford F150 vs. Honda Civic

Who of you hasn’t seen an ugly road accident involving a tall vehicle and a short car? Well, back in the year 2000, where these kinds of accidents have occurred most, a crash test was done. Ford voluntarily placed blocker beams in the F150 to better align the frames of their trucks with the bumper and crumble zones of the Civic passenger car. Unfortunately, many injuries were recorded at the time this model was put in a test drive. The video of these different sizes of cars basically shows that sometimes, even technology couldn’t really make much of a difference when it comes to slowing down accidents. Plus, it also reveals how important blocker beams are.

Limo Crash Test

Are you really sure that when you rent a luxurious limo, you wouldn’t be at risk of getting injured in case a collision happens? Again, the British auto TV show, Fifth Gear, helped us unravel the myths of those classic stretch limos. They decided to do a somehow unorthodoxed test video to find out. The old-school Lincoln limo was rigged to drive onto a solid wall head-on at 50 miles per hour. Technically, after the crash, the “stretched part” of the vehicle was not really wrecked. The devastation on the insides of the limo only helps us reiterate how important it us for us to always wear our seatbelts no matter how safe and secure we feel inside our cars.

The Yellow School Bus Crash Test

School buses need safety crash tests too. Besides, most of its passengers are children of all ages. Thankfully, the Indiana Mills and Manufacturing Inc. has a Center for Advanced Product Evaluation (CAPE) that performs some of these wild impact tests. So now what CAPE did was, the used a 1.9-million pound block to crash test a school bus and see how it harms all the passengers, belted and unbelted. (Note: IMMI-CAPE did this because they manufacture seatbelts for school buses)

Volvo FH Big Rig Smash-up Test

Vehicle and road safety has always been the concern of Volvo since day 1; and their big and heavy-duty trucks are not an exception. Because of the trucks’ size and weight, Volvo is most concerned about the safety of the driver – as it could most definitely crush him in case of an impact. They do all kinds of tests for these big rigs including head-on collision with an older FH, crashing head-on a solid wall, skidding, rolling over, and more. Because of these different crash tests they do, the new Volvo FH Series now have bigger cabs, have an escape hatch on the roof, lane change support, and driver alert technology. This just proves how the commercial and industrial vehicles we now use are also keeping up with safety technology.

All these car crash tests we have mentioned (plus the others that we can’t all include here) do not only help in making automobiles a lot safer and more durable. But also, they are reminders for us car users to be cautious and responsible in driving at all times. We must always keep in mind that even though they are big purchases and investments, our lives are of course more precious and important – so we must make it habit to protect it (when riding and driving, that is).

Do you want to get of that old car that has been rotting away in your garage? Do you have a vehicle that’s just too impossible to repair and restore so now you don’t know what to do with it? Or do you simply want to sell junk and scrap cars for cash at our Melbourne salvage yard? Whatever your case may be, Advance Car Wreckers is always here for you. We are a leading cash for cars Melbourne company and so we guarantee a fast and free removal of your car. Call us now to know more!

How Long Does It Take to Finance and Register a Car?


Getting your own car for the very first time is one of the most exciting things you could ever experience in a lifetime. Plus, they say that when you finally buy a car for yourself, it’s also a sign that you’re now ready to be an adult. Because when you do, it means you’re not just ready to pay for a rather expensive item, but all the more, you’re now ready to take on more responsibilities.

Those responsibilities do not start when you drive that brand new car for the very first time. Actually, the work and the responsibilities start when you’re in the process of buying, having it financed, and also, registering that car.

Now getting a loan and registering your vehicle could seem a little daunting. But with the proper knowledge and a bit of faith, there’s nothing really to worry about. Having said so, we, Advance Car Wreckers – your leading car and truck wreckers Melbourne company – is here to help you realise that these things don’t really have to be stressful. Our team of expert car wreckers, vehicle appraisers, mechanics, and car removalists ought to provide you with a simple guide so that you’ll know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. We’ll provide you all the necessary information so that you could successfully loan and register a car for the very first time:

Having your car financed…

Getting a car loan is one of the best options you could choose if you’re really determined to get a brand new car. Some actually believe that it’s wiser to have a car financed than buy it spot cash. First things first. Once you decide on getting a car loan, you must already have these two things in check: (1) you are ready to take on the responsibility of paying every month and, (2) you have saved some amount of cash for the downpayment or equity – as there’s no bank or financial institution that will lend you 100% of the total amount of the vehicle.

Now getting a vehicle financed in Melbourne or Victoria is technically the same as in other places in the world. You can choose from two ways to go about it:

  1. Shop around and get a loan pre-approved directly from the financial institution. – when you choose this, it can take more of your time and effort. As you’d go around scouting for the best rates and deals. But the good thing about this is, you can incredible discounts from dealing directly with the bank or lending company. Plus, it’ll also save you from misleading promos, schemes, and deals that many car dealers and agents make to get more income. This is also your best option if you’re looking to buy a second-hand car.
  2. Let your car dealer assist you in getting a car loan. – if you prioritise your convenience more than anything, we suggest you go with this one. Most car dealerships offer in-house financing options as well as assistance in getting a loan from a bank (those they’re in partner with). However, we’d just like to remind you that the dealers also get their own fair share of commissions or incentives as they get a loan approved. So make sure you’re backed up with all the necessary information on current lending rates – this will protect you from falling for the ‘too good to be true’ deals and promos.

Generally, car loans should be approved within 24 – 48 business hours. But that time frame will depend on a lot of things like if you have provided complete and accurate information and required documents; if you have a clean credit record; and many things like that. Certain information in the application may have to be investigated more or perhaps the car is out of the usual lender guidelines and policies. There are many problems you could encounter in this process. Therefore, some applications would really take longer than others. But to help you not be so anxious about this whole process, we’ll provide you with some tips so you could ensure a quick approval of your loan:

  • Make sure to complete the application form with honest and accurate information.
  • Gather and submit all the required documents altogether on time.
  • Come early. (some banks and lending institutions have daily cut-offs for processing loans)
  • Provide complete and accurate information on the vehicle you’re buying; especially if it’s a used car.

Registering your brand new ride…

Once you buy a car, it needs to be registered so that you could legally drive it around. Another good thing about getting a new car from a dealership is that you are saved from the hassles of registering your new car yourself. Dealerships also work with the local government and so they can process the registration on your behalf. All you need to do is pay for the necessary fees needed to register your vehicle.

When you buy a new unregistered vehicle or a vehicle with a cancelled registration, you will have to undergo the new car registration process. These are the steps:

  1. Get a certificate of Roadworthiness from a roadworthy tester location near you. (this isn’t needed for brand new vehicles)
  2. Make an appointment (and pay the appointment fee) for you to visit the VicRoads Customer Service Center.
  3. Prepare your car and yourself by recovering all the documents you need to bring to the appointment.
  4. Attend your appointment on time.

Now when you buy a used car which was already registered, its vehicle registration must be transferred in your name. Now you must remember that if you have bought the used car from a private seller, you would have to send your application for transfer of registration within 14 days after the sale. But if you have bought the vehicle from a dealership, then the dealer is the one responsible for handling all the paperwork and submitting the documents to VicRoads.

As you can see, because the process of car registration involves more or less the work of the dealer, the seller, and the government office, it is relatively longer than getting a car loan. Having said so, don’t expect it to be done overnight. You may count days or even weeks to finish the whole process depending on how you and all the parties involved will expedite the process, and assuming there’d be no problems with your car.

In summary, financing and registering your car shouldn’t be as stressful and intimidating. Just think that these things are but necessary for you to be able to enjoy your brand new ride legally and for a longer period of time. Besides, not that we’re scaring you even more, but these processes don’t even match up to the stresses and responsibilities you’ll encounter as you use and maintain your car. So don’t fret. Instead, be more excited and just look forward to the days when you’ll finally enjoy driving your new baby.


If you’re in the process of shopping around for a new car and you’d really like to sell your old and scrap cars for cash, to add to your downpayment fund, then look no further. With all the car removal companies and auto recycle yards Melbourne has had all these years, choosing the most reputable and trustworthy one could be a pain. So save yourself from all the troubles and choose the leading cash for cars Melbourne company – Advance Car Wreckers. Our team of expert auto recyclers and car wreckers Melbourne will ensure that you get top dollar for your old ride regardless of its condition. So enquire now!


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For the 20+ years Advance Car Wreckers has been in the car wreckers Victoria market and we have discovered that one of the biggest reasons why people still choose to delay the sale of their old vehicles is the thinking that the whole process is a tedious and costly one. Consequently, these misconceptions hinder them from truly experiencing the real deal: hassle-free car removal services that’ll cost them absolutely nothing. Thus, wiping away all those worries and misunderstandings is the first step to getting the perks of disposing and wrecking a car that’s old, damaged, or totaled.

So if you’re telling yourself now that you want to get a hold of that free car removal service, but just don’t know how, that’s not a problem! As leading car removalists and wreckers in Melbourne, we are here to provide you with easy, friendly, and effective advice so you can get a car removal service that’s free of charge:

  1. Don’t just get your car towed or hauled.

Towing vehicles is merely just a part of the car wreckers’ job. So, it is a total mistake if you think that towing is synonymous to removing and wrecking a car. If you want to spend 0 dollars on disposing your old or totaled car, hiring a tow company is simply a wrong move. Towing companies take your car and just haul the vehicle from one place to another. Then, they’ll charge you a series of fees for that – hook-up fees, travel charge (depending on the distance they’ll travel), and more (yes, more!). Whereas for legitimate car wreckers Melbourne, when they remove your cars for free, they won’t just take them to a landfill. They’ll properly dismantle, wreck, and recycle them for more meaningful purposes.

  1. Research well.

There is one piece of advice that people oftentimes neglect – doing their homework. Yes, it can be boring or tedious. But believe us, you’ll reap all the benefits when you make that effort to scout for and learn about the reputable car wreckers in your area. Besides searching for them on the internet, make some effort to read customer reviews, forums, and articles. Ask for recommendations. When a certain car wrecking company is truly popular and commendable for their services, most likely, your trusted car mechanics and dealers would know about it. So get advice from those car experts around you.

  1. Enquire personally.

Doing this indeed requires some of your precious time and effort. However, it’s simply one of the best advices we could give you if you want that assurance of getting car removal services for free. First, by going to them personally, the car wreckers will immediately see how serious you are about disposing your old ride. And second, when you go there to observe and ask questions, you’ll be able to gauge if what they’re claiming about their services are true. The first impression, their way of handling walk-in customers, their attitude towards demanding and irate clients  – all will reflect how much you could really trust them. Last but certainly not the least, by going there, you’d be able to request for a signed and written quote that will guarantee you not only of the cash you’re going to get for your car but more importantly getting their car removal services for free.

  1. Don’t be fooled!

Some car removal companies in Melbourne provide no-charge services, and some don’t. And just like in any other industry, unfortunately, there are just companies that are always ready to devour on the customers’ weaknesses. Instead of you saving some time and money, you’ll be experiencing the total opposite when you let yourself be fooled by those companies. The only way to save yourself from that is by making the right choice: opt for Advance Car Wreckers. We provide all our clients guaranteed free car removal services and on-the-spot top cash for cars. Our continuous growth and years of service in the industry simply prove how reputable we are for being good for our word.

Our commitment to making all our clients happy is the ultimate reason why we never charge them for anything – may that be for the appraisal, removal, towing, travel, or document processing of their old vehicles. So don’t let yourself fall into the trap of dealing with car wreckers that will just take advantage of you. Choose Advance Car Wreckers and speak with our team of experts now by dialing 0455 998 477.

How to Check Your Vehicle’s Fluids


The cars we use today are indeed far from what they used to be, say many decades ago. But even though they are more efficient and reliable, they’re still not what we wish them to be: maintenance-free transportation machines. No matter how high-tech and modern your car is, it still needs your precious time and TLC. And one great way to keep your car running nice and smooth for a long time is to always check your car’s essential fluids by yourself.

Since our cars are composed of different kinds of metal parts that constantly move and produce friction. Hence the need for continuous lubrication. Now we are not only talking about oil. There also other fluids that are important in maintaining fuel economy, right temperature, and even longevity. And even if you have absolutely no first-hand experience in maintaining and fixing cars, there’s no need to fret because you can easily do this by yourself.

Having said that, we, Advance Car Wreckers, are here teach you how you could check the proper levels of your vehicle’s fluids in between its service maintenance schedules. We are a reputable car removal and cash for cars Melbourne company that has been in the auto industry for more than 20 years. Our team of expert car removalists, mechanics, and recyclers have come up our own step-by-step guide so you can ensure the right amount and quality of the essential fluids in your car:

Before you check your vehicle’s fluids, always remember to have your car parked on level ground and wait ‘till your engine is cold enough. You may also want to wear gloves for extra protection, especially if it’s your first time

Engine Oil

We really placed this one first as this is deemed to be the most important fluid in any type of vehicle. It is your car’s bloodline for it lubricates all the car’s moving internal parts. Checking this frequently is vital as letting it get below the minimum level will cause detrimental effects on your engine.

To check its level, simply find the oil dipstick. Remove and wipe it with a clean cloth, then put it back for you to get a clean read on the current level. Your dipstick should have maximum and minimum level indicators on it. Now once you remove the dipstick once again, hold it flat or in the same direction as you have pulled it so the oil won’t run down and you’ll get an accurate read. If it’s below minimum, you may add more as long the oil’s condition is still good. If it still has a yellow, amber, or light golden brown color to it, then you’re good to go. Be careful not to overfill your engine oil.


When you let your car run on low coolant levels, you are at risk of engine overheating. Thus, you also need to check this often. Your engine coolant or antifreeze can be really hot and under a lot of pressure. So be very careful as it can spray and cause a lot of burns. So remember to only do this very slowly AND on a cold engine.

Search for the clear overflow plastic container near your car’s radiator. Through its translucent container you may already see if it’s below the minimum mark or not. And once you see that is already below the minimum line, just fill it with a mixture of 50:50 water to antifreeze.

Power Steering Fluid

Power steering fluids of different manufacturers vary, some are even carcinogens, so it’s better to keep yourself safe by wearing gloves. When your car runs on low power steering fluids, it can cause loss of steering assist and eventually to a total failure of the power steering system if neglected for a long time.

Most of the power steering reservoir caps have a built-in dipstick. If your car doesn’t have that, you may easily check just by looking at the translucent reservoir to view the fluid level. So check it accordingly just as how you would check your engine oil and coolant. The level should always be between the minimum and maximum marks.

Brake Fluid

Without your car’s brakes, that vehicle simply isn’t eligible to be on the road. The brakes on the cars we use today are hydraulic. Therefore, the fluid connects the pedal to the brakes themselves. If while driving and you sense a delay or an unusual feeling while stepping on your brake pedal, the brake fluid is the very first thing you have to check. Over time, the brake fluid can be contaminated by water, which can cause your brake lines to rust – you don’t want that. If the brake fluid level is too low, it’ll cause loss of brake pressure or total brake failure.

To check its level, you just need to look for the brake fluid reservoir found in your engine bay. Checking it simply means just taking a good look at its level and color from the container that has level indicators. If it’s below the minimum level mark, add more; but make sure that the type of fluid you’ll put in is the same as what’s already inside the container. Also, the fluid should be translucent, never cloudy and dark.

Transmission Fluid

The transmission fluid lubricates every bit and component of your car’s transmission system; just like what your engine oil does. Note that there are many transmissions that come with a “lifetime” fluid that never needs replacing – also the reason why some exclude this in the list of essential car fluids.. However, having a bad transmission fluid in your car can cause strange noises, uncontrolled surging, and rough shifting – making your drive less smooth and more difficult.

There are some cars that require a professional mechanic to inspect. But if yours has a dipstick in the transmission fluid reservoir, then you can check it yourself. The process is also the same as checking your engine oil. But one thing you have to remember when checking this is that you need to have your engine turned on and the transmission in Park or Neutral to be able to get an accurate read. You also need to inspect its color and condition. It should be smooth, and amber/red in color. If it’s in a condition other than that, then have it inspected by your mechanic.

Windshield Washer Fluid

Some car owners or drivers deem this as less important. But you should know that in reality, it’s the other way around. Visibility is key to safe driving. Thus, if you’re unable to clear your windshield, especially in worst weather conditions, then you’re simply putting yourself in serious danger. In addition, it’s one way to keep an expensive windshield in tiptop shape.

Some say that female drivers only know how to deal with the windshield washer fluid. Well, this theory may be true simply because it’s the easiest one to check – or rather, it really doesn’t need careful inspection at all. Some cars have a sensor that will warn you the washer fluid is already low. But for most cars that doesn’t have sensors or even level indicators, there’s no need to worry as you can always top it up whenever you want. If you simply forgot when you last filled it, just fill its reservoir all the way to the top again. Overfilling won’t cause any kind of danger to your engine.

Always keep in mind that because of advanced technology, the cars we use today have different requirements to keep the essential fluids in check. Thus, it is really important that you familiarise yourself with what your car really needs – simply by reading about it in your manual. And as a last expert tip: make record when you check and top up each of the fluids, so you could easily keep track. You may be dealing with one fluid more often that the others.

And albeit the fact that fuel or petrol is what keeps your car going, these other fluids simply shouldn’t be neglected in any way. They wouldn’t technically stop your car just like when you have an empty gas tank. However, they’re just equally important in keeping your sweet ride as functional, reliable, efficient, and durable as ever.

Has your car engine or transmission system suffered from poor maintenance that even if all the essential fluids are always in proper levels, it doesn’t run and perform the same as before? Then maybe it’s about time you let go of it and give it a well-deserved rest. Advance Car Wreckers is a reputable Honda, Ford, Toyota, Hyundai, and Mitsubishi wreckers Vic company. Regardless of your vehicle’s condition, age, model, and brand, we will gladly accept with open arms. And as our gift to you for choosing us over the other auto recyclers and car wreckers Melbourne has, we guarantee that you’ll get fast and free cash for cars removal services along with a high amount of cash for your car. Call us now to sell your scrap cars for cash in an instant!

What’s Causing Periodic Engine Misfires?

car engine

As you start your car, your engine stumbles for a quick moment and then regains its place. Your check engine has turned on and it really won’t go off. As soon as your rpm settles down, the engine light comes off. It doesn’t happen as often, but once it does happen to you once, you’ll most probably experience it once again; sometimes even giving you a different scenario – engine is difficult to start, engine stalls when idle, and engine shakes so badly including your steering wheel. And when all these happen to you, you already know there’s a problem; and based on the series of events, you’re already experiencing intermittent or periodic engine misfires.

As your team of leading and reputable Melbourne wreckers and auto recyclers who have been providing fast and easy car removal services for two long decades, we ought to give you a simple and concise guide on periodic misfires. Even if you think that removing or wrecking a car is all that matter to us, in reality, that isn’t really the case. What we want is to help you, car owners, to be able to maintain your cars well, so that in the same way, we’ll all be able to lessen the old and scrap cars that harm our environment. So without further ado, here’s what our expert salvage cars Melbourne wreckers have come up with to help you just in case you experience an engine misfire:

Understanding periodic misfires…

A misfiring engine is a common problem among car owners and drivers in general. When this occurs, your car’s handling and performance may suffer greatly. Not to mention, it’ll also affect your car’s fuel economy, emissions, and even idle quality. And somewhat on the good side of it, once there’s a misfiring cylinder let’s say in your four-cylinder engine, it’ll definitely be hard to miss. You’ll see many different signs along the way, just as what we have mentioned earlier.

Now if your engine is running perfectly, you can assume that all of its cylinders are ‘firing’ as they should. But once the air-fuel ratio inside the combustion chamber (in any of the cylinders) gets interrupted, your engine will misfire. Remember that one or more cylinders can misfire depending on the situation.

Because it depends mainly on the accessory load and the circumstances you’re in, there are actually many different types of engine misfires. There’s lean misfire, steady misfire, mechanical, powertrain, and what we want to learn about now – periodic misfires also known as intermittent misfires.

Car enthusiasts and professional auto mechanics would agree that these intermittent engine misfires are those that are very difficult to diagnose. Depending on your engine load and various operating conditions, these misfires come and go. And most of the time, they occur with no direct and apparent reason. Hence, most car users who are faced with this problem often end up guessing as to what is the real cause.

Here are the common causes of periodic engine misfires…

  1. Faulty Ignition Systemthis is the most common cause of engine misfires in Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars and trucks. This is when the primary or secondary components of your ignition system goes bad. Eventually, it prevents the spark from being delivered properly to the cylinder. Hence, the misfire.

  2. Faulty Spark Plugs and/or Ignition Coils – this is most common in most Toyota, Chevy and GM automobiles, depending on the model’s ignition system. Particularly cars with older engines these two manufacturers have fuel injectors that would either short out or plug up causing any or some of the cylinders to misfire.
  3. Faulty Tune-up Components – this is most likely the culprit when you experience a misfire in your Dodge Jeep or Chrysler vehicle. Both older and newer vehicles can experience this especially those with issues such as broken valve springs and burned valves.
  4. Faulty Spark Plugs or Secondary Ignition Component these are the common causes of intermittent misfires on Honda cars, big and small. However, if your Honda car’s valves are not adjusted accordingly and they’re tighter than they should be, it can also be a cause for a misfire.
  5. Timing Belt – if your car still uses this, remember that your engine can also stop running once your timing belt jumps time or breaks because of poor maintenance.

In a nutshell, periodic engine misfires can be caused by a lot of things. But mainly, if you really want to diagnose the problem yourself, all you need to check are your spark plugs, spark plug wires, timing belt, distributor cap and rotor, and ignition components. If all else fails, and you really can’t figure it out, always be humble enough to admit that it’s time to let your professional mechanic handle things for you.

Do you have an old car that has just been sitting idly in your garage because you know its engine is already a total wreck? Are you stressed that you can’t get it out because you think it’s too rusted out, brittle, and isn’t running anymore? Let Advance Car Wreckers solve your problem. We are a trusted cash for cars Melbourne company that has been in the auto recycling industry for more than 20 years. For starters, no matter how impossible you think it is to remove that junk car of yours, we are here to help. Not only that, regardless of how heavy and difficult a job it is, we’ll do a quick and professional car removal service free of charge! That also includes the hook-up and towing service. And you haven’t heard the best part yet. Because we truly appreciate you choosing us over the many car wreckers Melbourne has, we will even guarantee that you’ll receive top cash for your car, on the spot. So when it comes to selling old, junk, and scrap cars for cash, Advance Car Wreckers is the name you should trust. Call us now!

How to Make Your Car Tools Last a Lifetime

car tools

Whether you’re a typical car owner who gets his hands dirty not so often or a car enthusiast who just loves fiddling with his ride even if nothing’s really wrong with it, getting your own car tools is a great investment decision. There’s a chance that you might use them no matter how many cars you buy and get rid of. You may even hand it down to your son or grandson. However, that wouldn’t really be the case and you may not get the most out of that investment if you won’t be able to take care of them properly.

Technically, there are two things that you don’t want to happen to your auto tools: see them broken AND see them rust. Now if you are determined to not let these happen, you must do everything it takes to take care of them properly.

Now don’t sweat; Advance Car Wreckers is here to help you through it. We have been in the auto wreckers Melbourne industry for more than two decades now. And for the longest time that we have been using different kinds of tools and equipment for efficient car wrecking, removal, dismantling, and recycling, we could definitely teach you a thing or two on how you can use and enjoy your tools for a lifetime.

Store them the right way.

If you really want to protect them from their number one enemy (rust, that is), this is most important to keep in mind: proper storage.

  • Tools are commonly stored in hot places. Well, they’re not really heated nor air-conditioned; but you get the point. Thus, if the place has humidity issues, it is essential that you keep them dry at all times. It will also help if you place a dehumidifier at bay.
  • Instead of the usual toolbox, consider providing them specific storage system. depending on the type of tools they are. For hand tools, it’s best that you hang them as in a pegboard storage. If you must lay them down in a spacious tool box, you may line the bottom of the tool box with a cloth, mat, cut-out carpet, or anti-rust liners. Then, always keep your power tools in their original cases. Avoid stocking up all your tools in just one container.
  • Now in their respective cases, toolboxes, or storage systems, put silica gel packs or rust collectors. You may get them from supermarkets and auto shops.

Inspect them first before use.

Assuming that you really know how to use all your tools (considering you bought them, right?), you must also take a little time to inspect them once in awhile and every time before usage. By doing so, you will not only ensure their top condition, but you are also making sure of your safety while using them. These are the things you should look for:

  • Corrosion and rust from all the tools. While there are some tools that you can still use even if there’s some rust, there are also those that are dangerous if corroded.
  • Cracked housing on cordless and regular power tools
  • Exposed wires
  • Splintered, loose, and cracked wooden or plastic handles
  • Mushroomed heads on sharp tools
  • Dirt build-up in pneumatic tools

Clean each one after every use.

Cleaning your tools might be the last thing you want to do after spending some time and effort fixing your car. But we really have to stress that this is one of the best things you can do to ensure your car tools’ longevity. It actually doesn’t have to be that difficult. You’ll have to spare about 3-5 seconds of your time for each one and you’re good to go.

  • Most hand tools can be cleaned by just giving them a good wipe. If they have gotten really dirty, don’t be afraid to just wash it with some soap and water. But make sure not to forget: spritz a small amount WD-40 in the metal part of that tool and wipe it with a rag.
  • Make sure your power tools are unplugged before you clean them. Get the dirt and dust off by using an air compressor. Then give it a good wipe and again, lubricate the metal and moving parts.
  • It is aso important that you clean the toolboxes, storage compartments, hanging racks, and tool belts that you use. Empty them first before giving them a good clean.

Other important car tool care tips:

  • Never leave your tools on cold concrete floors after use or worse, overnight. That is an open invitation for rust build-up.
  • Use the tools only for the purpose they were intended for. Just don’t, as it can hurt you.
  • Don’t leave battery-powered or cordless tools left in the charger.
  • Have tools sharpened only by pros.
  • If it’s already broken, don’t attempt to use or fix it by yourself, no matter how expensive that tool is.

Tools are indeed a great for us if we really want to be proactive in fixing and taking care of cars. And being significant and functional devices as they are, they are also need of proper maintenance so that we’ll be able to use and hold to them for the longest possible time.

Do you have car that seems hopeless to repair even with the state-of-the-art tools and mechanical expertise? Don’t hold on to it much longer to prolong your agony. Let the leading and most trusted car wreckers in Melbourne put that car into better use. Hire Advance Car Wreckers. We are a reliable cash for cars company which have been a leader in maintaining clean and environmentally-friendly scrap yards Melbourne for more than two decades now.

Things You May Not Know About Automotive Recycling

auto recycling

The automotive recycling industry has been around for many decades now; technically close to how long we all have been using cars. The Automotive Recycler’s Association was established during the 1940s. But even if professional Vic wreckers and recyclers have been here since then, sadly, most people don’t know much about the car recycling in the complete sense of it.

Probably the basic and most common thing people know about car removal, vehicle wrecking, and auto recycling is that they take the metal parts of old and used cars, and then sell it. Though it is true, there’s still more to it than we actually think.

And so, in our commitment and advocacy, we, Advance Car Wreckers Melbourne, are here to help you learn more about some of the wonderful and interesting things about auto recycling. We hope, as you read on and finish this article, we’ll be able to encourage you more to take part in this endeavor to recycle vehicles.

  1. Currently, at the minimum, 80% of your car can be recycled. The remaining 20% is called the Auto Shredder Residue which consists of dirt, fabric, and more.
  2. Every year, more or less 30 million cars are recycled all around the world. And it gets bigger every year. Also the reason why cars are considered the most recycled consumer item in the world.
  3. Because of car recycling, an estimated 85 million barrels of oil are saved instead of used for making new cars and car parts.
  4. More than 14 million tons of recycled steel is obtained from junk vehicles every year.
  5. Even if most parts of a car battery contains very toxic chemicals, 98 to 99% of it can be recycled.
  6. Technically, the cars we use today have bodies that are made from 25% recycled steel.
  7. Thanks to improved recycling efforts and advanced technology, most of Europe now recycles 95% of a car (by weight) since 2015.
  8. Though car tyre recycling is tedious and complicated, it is very much viable. The materials derived after recycling are used to make sandals, mats, artificial playground turf, and even roads.
  9. Big and legitimate automotive recycling companies spend approximately $50 million for environmental compliance.
  10. Existing used car owners and car enthusiasts aren’t the only ones that benefit from recycled auto parts. Now, even interior designers, arts and crafts experts, DIYers, industrial designers, contractors, also come to wrecking yards and auto recycling facilities.

Some say that this is the automotive industry’s best kept secret. But as expert car removalists, recyclers and wreckers in Melbourne for more than two decades, we believe that now is the time when it shouldn’t really be considered as a secret anymore. For any kind of recycling to actually work and achieve its goals, everyone of us must participate. As we have been using cars and all other kinds of vehicles for many years now, all the more that every single one of us should already know how essential it is to participate in such cause.

If you want to know more about our mission and our services apart from just merely removing and wrecking a car, our friendly and accommodating staff will be happy to speak with you. So what are you waiting for? Call 0455-998-477 today and take part in car recycling now

Benefits of Seeking Cash for Junk Cars Services

junk cars

When you come to that point where you have finally realised the importance of selling that old, damaged, and nonfunctional car, seeking cash for junk cars services is your best bet. Technically, from the term itself, the greatest advantage you’ll get from it is to receive a good amount of payment for a car that isn’t even in a working condition.

But more often, most people (if not all) end up having these on their minds: “I know it’s great that I could miraculously sell my car that has been rotting here for ages, but apart from achieving my primary goal, what can these junk car removalists do for me that other used car buyers won’t?” Well, if you really want to know what’s in it for you apart from selling an old and rusty car, Advance Car Wreckers will be more than glad to help you out.

With all the professional car wreckers Victoria currently has, there’s a big chance that the type of junk cars services they provide now vary from one another. It’ll all boil down to which company you’ll choose. But in the real sense of it, all the advantages that come with seeking a cash for car service MUST be the same. So without further ado, here are the benefits you could get when you opt to work with cash for cars or car wreckers Melbourne companies… When thinking about a cash for junk car service, just think it’s URGENT!

U – Upfront Cash

Yes, you’ve heard that right! You’ll never have to wait. You’ll never be forced to agree to small installment payments. That amount you have come into terms with will go straight into your hands right then and there. It’s simply fast and easy!

R – Relax while they do all the work

By choosing to work with reputable car wreckers in Melbourne, you can simply sit back, relax, and just wait for them to take out that rusty junk car in your garage. Absolutely zero effort is needed! As a matter of fact, you don’t even have to deal with any kind of paperwork. Even in your pajamas, you can watch them take your car, wait for them to pay you, and all you need to do is lift one hand to sign some papers, and that’s it!

G – Give others a helping hand

Just by selling your junk car to a car wrecking company, you’ll be able to help other people? What a treat! By getting a cash for cars service, you are also patronizing the whole process of recycling and wrecking a car. And with that, you are also helping others: (1) car owners and DIY enthusiasts, by providing them with good quality spare parts (2) the community, by lessening the pollution caused by toxic junk car wastes and (3) car manufacturers, by helping them not to make new auto parts.

E – Expect guaranteed convenience

Convenience at its finest! You’ll be able to sell your car exactly when, where, and how you want it. If you want it rushed, that’s not a problem. If you want them to go to your house, barn, or office? They could make that happen. Plus, you won’t be forced to agree to a price that you don’t see fit for your old ride. You may simply talk with with them through the phone and arrange everything there.

N – No requirements

Unlike with selling used cars to dealerships, you need not comply with certain requirements just to have your car sold. They technically don’t really care much about what kind of vehicle you have. Any brand, year model, size, and condition of a car is accepted. And if you don’t have the original registration or title, there’s nothing to worry about. They’ll still buy the car from you.

T – Take part in saving the environment

One of the primary missions of a true car wrecking service is to save the environment. And thus, by patronising it, you get to be a part of this advocacy. Instead of harboring the toxic wastes, you help dispose them in an eco-friendly way. In the same way, less natural resources like iron and copper are used to make new car parts because of all the recycled materials obtained from your used and scrap vehicle. Instead of letting your car rot completely, you get to put it into better use, even at the last leg of its life.

While we can be carried away and get ahead of ourselves by talking about all the advantages of getting cash for cars services, let us leave you with that. Besides, if you choose a reputable company like us to help you with your car removals Melbourne needs, you’ll simply get what we’re talking about. So what are you waiting for? Talk to us! Dial 0455 998 477 now.