If you have to work on the car engine at night, or inspect under the car in daylight, an inspection lamp can be invaluable. Most can be run off the mains or the car battery, and take bulbs up to 100 watts. The bulb is protected by a wire guard. Lamps usually have a clamp for fitting to the bodywork so that your hands are free.

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Checking suspension joints and pivots

Almost all joints and pivots in a modern suspension system have rubber or plastic bushes, with t...

Checking for oil leaks

If an engine needs topping up with fresh oil more than usual, or if you see a pool of oil...

Checking and replacing the starter motor

If testing the starter circuit (See Checking the starter circuit) indicates a fault in the starte...

Fitting new flexible brake hoses

The fluid in the car's braking system runs from the master cylinder to the brakes themselves mai...