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Low coolant levels
QJust as I was about to
begin the return trip of
a five-hour journey, I noticed
the coolant level in my car
was getting low. With no
extra coolant on hand my dad
suggested topping up the
coolant with water. Is this safe
to do in an emergency? Will it
do any harm to my car?
Anita Liyanage, Aveley
A: Normal tap water
contains many contaminants
that can cause damage to
your vehicle’s cooling system.
You should only use distilled
water to top up the system.
If normal tap water is put into
the cooling system you will
need to have the system
flushed out and the coolant
replaced as soon as possible.
Q Ihad a discussion with
a friend who said my
habit of using the semi-
automatic gears to downshift
and the engine to brake when
approaching red traffic lights
would add undue wear to the
car’s transmission. I disagreed
– which one of us is correct?
A: The automatic
transmission has inbuilt
protection features that will
not allow you to downshift if
it would exceed the engine’s
maximum RPM or exceed the
abilities of the transmission.
Most vehicles will also now
“rev match” the change by
disengaging the transmission,
lifting the revs and then re-
engaging the transmission.
If you are driving sensibly,
then this style of active
driving would be of no harm.
Whose fault a
Q I recently visited a smash
repairer as I wanted
to have my car re-painted
because the bonnet and roof
top had badly faded. The
smash repairer advised me
that using a “silver sunshade“
across the front windscreen
causes the sun to reflect with
the silver onto the paintwork
and make it fade. Is this true?
Bruce Nayler, Mandurah
A: Your sunshade would
have no effect on the rate
at which your paint fades.
The reason your bonnet and
roof are fading is because
they receive more sun than
any other panel and tend to
receive less attention when
your car is being washed. It is
recommended to wash your
vehicle at least once a month
and then treat the panel work
to a wax and polish.
If you have a motoring
question, don’t forget that
RAC members can take
advantage of our Motoring
Call 13 17 03
Monday to Friday between
10am and 2pm, to speak to
one of our experts.
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Allen and Jan Isaac
are enjoying an eco-smart,
low-cost lifestyle after moving
into National Lifestyle Villages
The Isaacs are reducing their ecological
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built-in, environmental initiatives at
National Lifestyle Villages Bridgewater.
Water management principles, such as
sub-surface irrigation, water wise fittings
and a rainwater tank fitted to their home,
has reduced the Isaacs’ average water
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credit thanks to solar panels on their roof.
“I think we are using just four units of
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We haven’t paid a
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since the panels were
“We turn the lights on at night, and only
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Our home faces north, providing ample
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National Lifestyle Villages Bridgewater is
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the ocean, enabling residents to make
the most of the sea breeze.
We open our doors to let
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“There’s water all around us, so it’s a
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says Mrs Isaac.
The Village prides itself on smarter living,
boasting a recycling centre, chook-run
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at National Lifestyle Villages Bridgewater
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