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Car technology

Engine management light: what to do if it comes on
Engine warning light
Tips and advice
12 Jun 2024

Engine management light: what to do if it comes on

An orange or red engine warning light could signify a serious problem – here’s what you should do
What is Android Auto? Apps, music and how to use
Android Auto
Tips and advice
10 Jun 2024

What is Android Auto? Apps, music and how to use

Android Auto lets you connect your smartphone to your car – we cover how to use it and which cars are fitted with it
Cruise control and adaptive cruise control explained
Cruise control stalk
Tips and advice
21 May 2024

Cruise control and adaptive cruise control explained

Cruise control is a handy feature for long journeys – we explain how to use it
Ford EcoBoost engines: what are they and should you buy one?
Ford Puma SUV front tracking
Tips and advice
26 Mar 2024

Ford EcoBoost engines: what are they and should you buy one?

Everything you need to know about Ford’s high-efficiency EcoBoost engine technology
Mercedes jumps on AI tech with new MBUX software
Mercedes MBUX dashboard
News
9 Jan 2024

Mercedes jumps on AI tech with new MBUX software

Mercedes’s infotainment system to receive an overhaul, bringing new digital and audio technology
How long do electric car batteries last?
EV battery
Tips and advice
9 Aug 2023

How long do electric car batteries last?

An EV battery is a complex component that can be expensive to replace. With that in mind, here’s how long an electric car battery typically lasts
What is Peugeot i-Cockpit?
Peugeot i-Cockpit
Tips and advice
6 Jun 2023

What is Peugeot i-Cockpit?

Peugeot offers one of the most striking car interiors on the market – we explain what makes it so different
What are speed limiters?
Speed Limiters - Intelligent Speed Assist
Tips and advice
7 Jul 2022

What are speed limiters?

The EU has mandated speed limiters on all new cars, we explain what they do
What is traffic sign recognition?
VW Golf traffic sign recognition
Tips and advice
27 Jun 2022

What is traffic sign recognition?

Traffic sign recognition is available on many new cars - here we explain what it does and how it works
New Apple CarPlay update goes beyond the infotainment screen
Apple CarPlay 2023 update
News
7 Jun 2022

New Apple CarPlay update goes beyond the infotainment screen

Upcoming Apple CarPlay update will bring a significant refresh in 2023
New geofencing technology could automatically enforce speed limits
Hero
News
25 May 2022

New geofencing technology could automatically enforce speed limits

Ford introduces new tech that will limit the car’s speed in certain areas, doing away with the need for road signs
What is hill start assist?
Mercedes GLA driving uphill
Tips and advice
25 May 2022

What is hill start assist?

Everything you need to know about hill start assist, the car tech that helps you get moving on steep inclines
What is ESP on a car?
What is ESP?
Tips and advice
5 May 2022

What is ESP on a car?

Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) is a life-saving piece of technology. We explain what it is and how it works.
What is a car ECU?
ecu
Tips and advice
13 Apr 2022

What is a car ECU?

An ECU is an important component of your vehicle’s engine. Here’s everything you need to know about ECUs
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What is a limited slip differential?
Limited slip differential cams
Tips and advice
9 Mar 2022

What is a limited slip differential?

What is an LSD and what are the benefits of a limited-slip differential?
What does a car radiator do and what can go wrong?
Hero
Tips and advice
8 Mar 2022

What does a car radiator do and what can go wrong?

We explain how a car radiator works and what to do if it leaks
What is a car’s exhaust system and what can go wrong?
Exhaust hero
Tips and advice
1 Mar 2022

What is a car’s exhaust system and what can go wrong?

We explain the inner workings of a car’s exhaust system and what to do if it needs repairing
What is a car’s head gasket?
Hero
Tips and advice
25 Feb 2022

What is a car’s head gasket?

We describe the function of a head gasket and how to detect if it has blown
What are brake pads and discs?
Disc brake
Tips and advice
24 Feb 2022

What are brake pads and discs?

We explain how car brakes work and how to check your brake pads
What are spark plugs and glow plugs?
spark plug
Tips and advice
23 Feb 2022

What are spark plugs and glow plugs?

Spark plugs and glow plugs work to keep your car functioning properly, but what are they?
Car lights and headlights: complete guide to different light types and technologies
Hero
Tips and advice
11 Feb 2022

Car lights and headlights: complete guide to different light types and technologies

We fill in the gaps on Halogen, Xenon, Matrix LED and Laser headlights, and all their safety benefits
What is lumbar support in a car?
What is lumbar support in a car?
Tips and advice
11 Feb 2022

What is lumbar support in a car?

Lumbar support is fitted to the seats of some cars to help passengers maintain good posture and prevent lower back pain
What is air suspension, and how does it work?
What is air suspension, and how does it work?
Tips and advice
11 Feb 2022

What is air suspension, and how does it work?

Air suspension uses pressurised air to provide a cushioned, smooth ride, but has some potential drawbacks
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What is keyless entry and keyless start?
Hero
Tips and advice
11 Feb 2022

What is keyless entry and keyless start?

We explain how keyless entry and keyless start systems works and whether you should get them on your next car
What are adaptive dampers, and how do they work?
damper
Tips and advice
11 Feb 2022

What are adaptive dampers, and how do they work?

Adaptive dampers are an advanced vehicle technology that improves the comfort and handling of your car
What is a pedestrian detection system?
pedestrian crossing
Tips and advice
10 Feb 2022

What is a pedestrian detection system?

Pedestrian detection is a hi-tech car feature that helps to protect people both inside the car and out
What is Alcantara?
alcantara nissan juke
Tips and advice
10 Feb 2022

What is Alcantara?

Alcantara is a luxurious, suede-like material that is being used more and more in car interiors
What is kerb weight?
measuring car
Tips and advice
10 Feb 2022

What is kerb weight?

Kerb weight is a popular method of specifying a car’s weight, but what exactly does it mean? Read on to find out everything you need to know about ker…
What is a space saver wheel?
spare wheel
Tips and advice
10 Feb 2022

What is a space saver wheel?

A space saver spare wheel can help you get home or to a garage if your car suffers a puncture and takes up less room than a full-size spare
What is regenerative braking? Brake energy regeneration explained
regen wheel
Tips and advice
10 Feb 2022

What is regenerative braking? Brake energy regeneration explained

Regenerative braking can generate extra electricity for your car’s battery by harvesting otherwise wasted energy. Here’s everything you need to know a…
What is gross vehicle weight?
mechanic car
Tips and advice
10 Feb 2022

What is gross vehicle weight?

Gross weight is used to calculate the overall weight of a vehicle, but what exactly does it mean?
What is a car immobiliser and does my car have one?
Car theft
Tips and advice
25 Jan 2022

What is a car immobiliser and does my car have one?

How does a car immobiliser work and how do I know if my car has this security device?
What is Bluetooth?
Ford Bluetooth
Tips and advice
21 Jan 2022

What is Bluetooth?

In-car Bluetooth technology lets you play music and take calls without touching your phone
What is a supercharger?
Hennessey Hellcat supercharger
Tips and advice
20 Jan 2022

What is a supercharger?

Some cars have supercharged engines to increase power. We explain what they do and how they work