Tips

EXTENDED SERVICE PERIODS

Manufacturers are extending service intervals, probably to lower advertised service costs. This is not desirable if you intend to keep your car for more than just a few years.

If most of your vehicle trips are less than 20 km. your vehicle log book will probably recommend additional services.

Regular oil changes are important! This is what happens if you don’t service your car on a regular basis.

Carbon and sludge build due to lack of regular oil changes.

oil-changes

This engine is about to seize, the oil galleries are blocked and there is little or no oil pressure.

Once these deposits have build up to this extent, it can only be properly cleaned by completely stripping the engine. This can cost thousands of dollars, negating any savings you have made by not servicing regularly.

Scenarios’ that can cause this sludge build up:

15,000 km. Service intervals. Some manufacturers recommend this, but our experience shows that with these longer service intervals, there will be significant carbon build up in your engine by the time the vehicle has traveled 100,000 km. Not a large mileage for a modern motor vehicle.

If most of your vehicle trips are less than 20 km. your vehicle log book will probably recommend additional services.

Missed services:

We recommend services at 7500 km or 6 months whichever occurs first.

This will keep your engine clean and reliable and your vehicle safe and well maintained.

 

OVERHEATING

If your engine is getting excessively hot, shut it down and investigate, continuing to drive could cost you thousands of dollars in engine repairs. Also note that the temperature gauge does not register correctly once you have lost the water /coolant. A gauge reading cold does not necessarily mean the engine is not overheating

It is important to keep the cooling system in good condition.

Common problems:

Radiators. These days, radiators usually have plastic tanks. As with most plastic, it has a service life of approximately 10 years. After this time the tanks usually show signs of perishing and cracking.

Coolant hoses are a rubber product and also have a service life of about 10 years.

overheating

Coolant / Corrosion Inhibitor

Quality coolant performs two jobs, one to raise the boiling point of the cooling system.  The second job is to prevent corrosion in the cooling system.

Good quality coolant used in the right concentration will protect and prolong the life of your vehicle’s cooling system and engine.

We use genuine manufacturers coolants where possible, it is probably the coolant already in your cooling system, so you are not mixing different brands. Also it is compatible with your engine.

radiator

These pictures show: corrosion of the thermo housing and scale build up in the radiator, a quality coolant will help to prevent these issues.

 

TIMING BELT REPLACEMENT

Many modern engines use a toothed rubber belt to drive the camshaft commonly called the timing belt. Vehicle manufacturers specify an age and mileage for replacement, this should be carefully followed to avoid timing belt failure, which can result in serious engine damage.

If the timing belt fails and the engine is of “interference” design, the pistons will hit the open valves causing them to bend. Repairs quite often require a major engine repair or even replacement

timing-belt

 

IGNITION KEYS

These days the ignition key is an integral part of the vehicles security system.  It is essential to a have a working spare key; it can be easily copied for replacement. If you lose your key and do not have a spare, you may well find the outcome will be a tow truck ride to the dealership to have a new key produced and matched to the vehicles security system at great expense.

 

ROADWORTHY / SAFETY CERTIFICATES… What you need to know. 

A current Safety Certificate is required to transfer vehicle registration between owners.