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As we (both in our 70s) will be self isolating for three months, what is the best thing to do to look after our cars? We have a Volvo V70 D4 and a Seat Ibiza (petrol). I am always worried when it comes...
My wife's Suzuki Vitara petrol is only used for occasional short trips and the battery is running low on charge. Can I charge it in situ using a standard non-smart battery charger without disconnecting...
Does the 12v socket work when a car is not on or does it work when it's only on? I require a black box in my car and have to keep it plugged in for six months.
Why are electric cars so expensive? Surely nearly all the components are cheaper to produce than conventional petrol/diesel versions.
I have a 2012 BMW 520d. The battery is the original and would not start the car after not being used for two weeks. It's fine when I use the car regularly. Is this a job I can do myself, or does the battery...
Am I likely to have battery problems with a self-charging hybrid if I only do short journeys? Are hybrids the way to go in replacing a car that you intend to keep for a while?
Does charging an iPhone or playing music on it drain a car battery?
I plan to over winter my old Morris Minor in an underground car park that has no source of electric power or light. What do you suggest I do to preserve the battery so it will start after three or four...
What is the best way to maintain PHEV batteries and enable them to keep their charge?
My power steering has failed.The power steering warning light has not come on but the battery warning light is on now constantly. Is the power steering failure due to low battery power?
 

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