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Tag: automotive

1
Mar

Toyota Camry engine mounts

Todays Toyota Camry engine mounts had failed allowing the motor to move excessively in the engine bay. The engine mounts are made of rubber, their role is to insulate the engine vibrations from being felt in the vehicle and also to hold the engine in place. A couple key symptoms of failed engine mounts are vibrations and/or a ‘knocking/thump’ noise

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17
Feb

Toyota Hiace clutch

Today in Miami I had a 2004 Toyota Hiace clutch replacement to carry out. These commercial vans get a heavy workout, this particular vehicle is loaded up constantly for its tradie owner. So it was no surprise that the clutch finally started to slip, this van had done a lot of KM. The replacement of the clutch is quite a

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2
Feb

BMW X3 Harmonic balancer

Another preventable breakdown today.. This time on a BMW X3 diesel in Coolangatta. While driving down the highway the client complained of loss of power steering. This was a symptom due to the harmonic balancer failing and not turning the drive belt which drives the power steering pump. The harmonic balancer was reported in their last service as having cracks

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22
Jan

Hyundai engine failure

A callout in Tugun to a Hyundai Sonata to inspect a loud noise from the clients engine has led to a complete engine replacement. The noise was a very loud ‘knocking’. This was diagnosed on site as a failed con rod bearing which was causing the piston to hit the cylinder head. This is a major engine failure. The cause

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21
Jan

Commodore injector fault

Todays fault is a VE Commodore 6L V8 with an engine fault. This vehicle was running rough, it had a noticeable misfire. It was actually running on 7 cylinders not 8. A diagnostic check was done with a scan tool which showed code P0203. This code means ‘cylinder 3 injector circuit malfunction’. With some further testing this was confirmed as

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17
Dec

Brake shudder

Today we have a VY Commodore in Mermaid Waters. The owner is complaining of brake shudder and poor brake performance from his vehicle. The solution today is new front brakes for his Commodore. Brake shudder can happen in any make of vehicle. It is a vibration felt though the steering wheel and brake pedal while braking. Commonly described as a

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17
Dec

BT50 HD leaf springs

Today we had a 2015 Mazda BT50 which of course you know is the same as the Ford Ranger. This dual cab ute is used by a tradesman who carts around his tools in the back. The original rear leaf suspension are not designed for constant load applications. Over time these leaf springs had sagged very low to where the

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27
Aug

Control arm bushes

A very common fault with many modern cars is the control arm bushes failing.  Mainly the front lower control arm bushes.  They are the bush that allows the vehicle’s suspension to move.  These are the pivot point for the suspension.  As they are always moving, eventually the rubber bush will wear out.  Which generally means the bush will split or

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23
Aug

Throw out bearing failure

Today we had a Hyundai Getz broken down. The vehicle had lost all drive from a failed clutch. While a failed clutch is not abnormal, We always ask if any noises or concerns have been happening recently. This time the owner mentioned a loud squealing had been occurring over the last few days.. When we removed the gearbox we found

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15
Aug

Ford Focus Engine mount

Today was another Engine mount failure. This time on a 2008 Ford Focus in Burleigh. The owner was complaining of a vibration in the vehicle. I inspected the mounts as this is a common problem, especially on vehicles around the 10yr old mark. The rubber in the mount over the years loses its strength and eventually sags. This allows the

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