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13
Jun

Log Book Servicing

When you purchase a new car log book servicing will be a requirement. The log book contains all the service requirements particular to your vehicle.  With all the specifications set down by the vehicle manufacturer. According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in order for a car’s warranty to remain intact, motor vehicle dealers are allowed to insist that

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12
May

Hyundai iload turbo failure

The popular Hyundai iload van with the 2.5L turbo diesel has a couple problems that we are seeing increasingly often. The main and often first symptom people are experiencing is the iload turbo failing. This is generally a result of another problem. The turbo in our experience is last problem in a sequence of events. Let me explain.. The turbo

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27
Apr

Mobile brake repairs

Brake safety is extremely important. As a mobile brake specialist on the Gold Coast we can ensure your vehicles brakes are working perfectly. We come to you with our fully equiped workshop van to a location convenient to you. Some key points to tell if your brakes need inspection and/or repair: They sound different. If your brakes squeal, scrape or

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26
Apr

Roadside Assistance

Certified Automotive is a complete mobile service. This means we come to you wherever you are on the Gold Coast. Roadside assistance is what we specialise in. We commonly attend to a wide range of breakdowns. Some of these include: Car won’t start Drive belts and pulleys Batteries, alternators & starter motors Cooling system repairs – hoses, radiators, water pumps

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22
Apr

Booking websites

A new trend has appeared in the automotive world – Third Party Booking websites. These big companies have been around for awhile now in the accommodation sector and can be helpful. But – are they actually a good thing? Or are you paying for something you aren’t aware of? I have some insight into how these websites work. This may

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27
Mar

Mazda 3 water pump

Today we had a 2004 Mazda 3 water pump to replace. The owners noticed a strange noise and a coolant leaking from the engine. We attended her workplace in Mudgeeraba and the problem was quickly diagnosed. The water pump internal bearing had failed. This was due to normal wear, not unexpected with the age of the car. This Mazda 3

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23
Mar

Fuel injectors

Fuel injectors like all parts can cause problems, especially in higher milage vehicles. They can electrically fail or can block up with foreign matter, carbon, etc. Common symptoms of fuel injector issues can include: misfiring running rough pre ignition (pinging) running on bad fuel economy lacking power Not all workshops have access to a fuel injector test bench for flow

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28
Feb

Prado Ball joint

Today we attended breakdown of Toyota Prado which the front lower ball joint had failed. This is a major breakdown. When a ball joint fails it allows the suspension and wheel to move uncontrolled. This vehicle had its right hand front wheel at 45deg and pushed back into the guard. This caused the vehicle to lose steering and lock up.

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20
Dec

Fuel additives

Fuel additives – What do they really do? Do you need them? Do they really help? These are common questions we get with regards to fuel additives. What do they really do? Well it depends on what type. The types we use are Petrol treatment (Pro Ma PT5), Diesel treatment (Pro Ma DT5) and Diesel fuel bug biocide. Each of these have

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16
Dec

Oxygen sensor

Oxygen sensor are an important component in the vehicles engine management system. The oxygen sensors are located in the exhaust system. Their job is to determine and report to the computer the fuel ratio of the exhaust. This information allows the computer to know if the engine is running rich or lean. From this info along with many other inputs

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4
Nov

VE Commodore clutch

Today we have a 2009 VE Holden Commodore maloo ute with a LS3 v8 with the M10 manual transmission. The complaint was a stuck clutch pedal. After a quick diagnosis this was identified as a failed clutch concentric slave cylinder. This is the hydraulic link between the pedal and the actual clutch. This slave cylinder had completely failed into a

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