Home' The Bunyip : August 13th 2014 Contents Page 30 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, August 13, 2014
REGULAR maintenance is key to a car's
longevity, but, surprisingly, few motorists
take the simple steps needed to keep their
vehicle in shape, a local mechanic has said.
Willaston Mechanical Repairs owner Ken
Pearce said "one in 100" people bother to pop
the hood before travelling to work each morn-
ing, and that's if you're lucky.
"The first thing they should do before even
getting in the car, while it's cold, is checking
their oil and coolant level everyday," Ken said.
Vehicles should also be serviced around once
every six months, irrespective of the kilometres
Ken said the worst case of neglect he had
heard of was an owner who bought their car
brand new, only to have it first serviced 60,000
"The whole thing is, with the latest cars, the
technology in them is supposed to be better,
but a lot of these latest cars don't like having old
oil in them," he said.
"It starts clogging the whole motor up and
can cause big problems.
"I see bad ones here, but I've heard of some
(stories of mechanics) taking the oil filter out
and it's just a big pile of grease...it blocks the
whole motor up and then you start having oil
pressure problems and oil feed problems, be-
cause it can't pump the oil in."
Ensuring tyres are filled properly also gives
vehicle owners better bang for their buck.
"If you've got a tyre that's not wearing prop-
erly, and a wheel alignment that's out, you can
scrub a tyre out in as little as 5000 km," Ken
"Tyre pressure makes a big difference to
economy, so you've really got to run your eye
over the tyres."
If you have any questions about vehicle
maintenance, don't be afraid to see your me-
chanic because, as Ken said, "a lot of it's com-
mon sense, but, unfortunately, there is no com-
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MOST 'tradies' use a ute or van to get from
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The former Cockatoo Valley local has recently
turned this 1967 Dodge 114 into his work ve-
The vehicle was bought as an "old wreck" by
Mr Snaith some years ago and has been trans-
formed into one of the most unique-looking
rides in the state.
Mr Snaith, now a plumber by trade, previ-
ously owned a body shop in Willaston and it was
there he proceeded to modify the vehicle into
what it is today.
He added a canopy to the back of the ute and
rebuilt its 460 Ford engine, before finishing it off
with a stunning pearl-green paint job.
"It's a labour of love," Mr Snaith said.
"It gets plenty of notice."
When he made the decision to switch trades
and go into plumbing, Mr Snaith said he had
two options -- buy a new work van and cart
around a trailer as well, or modify his Dodge.
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Former Cockatoo Valley local Graham Snaith with his pride and joy, a
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PHOTOS: Carl Pfei er
It's a labour of love. It gets
plenty of notice.
Maintenance the key
The ﬁrst thing they should
do before even getting in the car,
while it’s cold, is checking their oil
and coolant level every day.
Willaston Mechanical Repairs owner Ken Pearce said
vehicle owners should be checking the oil and
coolant each morning before driving to work.
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
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