Blog

11
May

Subaru Forester clutch

Today’s repair was on a Subaru Forester XT. I was called out to diagnose a noise coming from the vehicle. I found the noise to be the clutch throw out bearing to be failing and making a loud grinding noise. These sometimes start out as a squeak or squeal heard when you push the clutch in. Eventually the noise will

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5
May

Hyundai Getz engine mounts

Engine mounts play a very important role in your vehicle. They hold the engine and gearbox in place and insulate the vibrations from your engine away from the vehicles body. Engine mounts come in many different styles but all carry out the same role. Some are hydraulic while the majority are rubber bushed. If they tear, split, collapse or are

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3
May

Engine oil flush treatments

Engine oil flush treatments are a common item in servicing modern cars.  With many vehicles needing high quality oils and with services schedules being stretched out further oil flush treatments are becoming more necessary. The oil flush is an additive which is added to the old engine oil and the vehicles is run with, prior to changing the oil. This

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30
Mar

Thermostat problems

All cooling systems in all cars have a thermostat. The thermostat controls the flow of coolant in the cooling system. It is a temperature controlled valve. It opens and closes by itself according to the coolant temperature that it sits in. Most open at 80-90deg C. The purpose of this is so that it stays closed while the engine is

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15
Mar

Timing Belt replacement

The timing belt replacement is a preventative maintenance item that is very important. Intervals recommended to replace the belt varies for each different vehicle. For a lot of vehicle its at the 100 000km mark. This belt plays an integral part in the running of your engine. Its role is to turn the cam shaft, which opens the valves. The

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25
Nov

Spark plugs

The humble spark plug has come along way over the many years. Once spark plugs were cleaned and gapped every service with replacement done every couple of services. Now we have spark plugs lasting 100 000km! The big change is the material used in the spark plug such as platinum or iridium. This allows the spark plugs to wear at

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5
Nov

Coil over suspension upgrade

Today’s lucky client had a set of full adjustable coil over suspension installed into his Holden Commodore Maloo ute. These are top of the line full adjustable shocks and springs made by Pedders Suspension. These are a huge improvement from the standard suspension. Giving fantastic handling and ride. These are also height adjustable to get that perfect stance. They are

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3
Nov

Radius rod bush replacement

Today was the mighty Nissan Patrol 4×4 in for some repairs. One job was the radius rod bushes to be replaced. This suspension set up is the same as the Toyota land cruiser. The front diff is supported by 2 radius rods, In these rods there are bushes at the attachment points. 2 Bushes at the front and 1 at

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2
Nov

Diff bush replacement

Diff bush or bushes are the rubber mounts that hold the vehicle differential in place. Today it was a Mazda Tribute that received a new set of bushes. These diff bushes are subject to a lot of force from the power of the engine trying to twist the drive line. It is quite normal to need to replace these bushes

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30
Oct

Drive belt failure

The most common breakdown we deal with is drive belt failure. A somewhat simple component but an extremely important part. The drive belt or belts run the ancillary equipment on the engine. Important components such as the water pump, alternator, power steering pump and the air conditioner compressor. Each vehicle and engine design has belts that are specific to it.

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