Topic: Car Repairs

Time to recharge your car’s air conditioning?

Regas Blog
A fully functioning car air conditioning makes our travel comfortable. However, if you have got into your car and felt warm stuffy air you could be in an uncomfortable journey. This is a very common car air conditioning problem that every car driver has to deal with at least once during their ownership. Just like any major component, the air-conditioner will wear out eventually. When there is a drop in cooling efficiency, it’s time to have the system cleaned or recharged.

What is car air conditioning regas?
Air-con regassing is the process of removing the old refrigerant gas from your air conditioning system and replacing it with new, so your air con can run cold again.

How often should you get your car Air con regassed?
Most vehicle manufacturers recommend that you regas your car’s air conditioning system every 1-2 years. Regular maintenance will help you avoid potential problems in the future.

How long does an air con regas take?
The process takes about 45 minutes to an hour to completely remove the old gas and refill with fresh refrigerant.

Where can I get my air con regas?
At Autoking Mobile Mechanic, we offer a complete air conditioning regas service or any vehicle air conditioning needs. Trained mechanics will perform a series of checks and repair to get your air conditioner in top condition.

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Diesel Mechanic Gold Coast

 

4 Things to Look For When Searching for a New Mechanic

  • High turnover: while you don’t want to see screaming customers running in and out of the place, a revolving rotation of cars in good condition is a good sign that cars and clients are coming in, getting serviced, and going home again.
  • Start small: having to find a trustworthy mechanic who specialises in diesel engines after your car has had a meltdown is not a position you want to be in. If you’re considering a quick health check, testing out a new service provider with a small job is an excellent way to build a relationship with a team who can be there when you need it.
  • Let them come to you: let’s face it. Dropping your car off at a foreign location, taking public transport to work, and then coming back to discover your car is still not ready for the drive home is terrible. To ease the burden, look for an automotive team that can offer mobile services. Their team can come to your preferred location, service your car on site, and minimise your time spent on the bus.
  • Cost quote guarantee: want to spend your hard earned dollars on things other than car bills? Instead of waiting around to ‘find out’ how much a repair will be, look for a shop that can cost quote the services needed ahead of time. (Even better if they provide a cost quote guarantee!)

Have you been considering a tune up? Maybe you’ve been sitting in holiday traffic and are starting to notice a little shake, rattle, and roll. We’ve all been there. Our team at Auto King can offer same day services and will always provide you with a clear cost quote that will never be exceeded.

Want a diesel specialist to take a look at your investment before it’s too late? Call Auto King today – we can have you back on the road in no time.

 

Diesel Destruction: 4 Signs Your Engine is Breaking Down

 Homes, cars, that blue suit you had to fork over $800 for to wear to your brother’s wedding – most of us buy investment pieces expecting them to last. We also understand that life happens. Engines fail, homes need maintenance and that suit? Well, threads fray. We admit that we’re a little biased, but, here at Auto King we believe that a little preventive care can take your diesel engine a long way. And the first thing that can keep your car on the road and out of the service station? Knowing what causes an engine to break down in the first place.

 

Using the wrong petrol, water contamination, and long-term idling are some of the most common factors that can impact the life of your engine. And, hey, we live on the Gold Coast. Heavy rainfall and city traffic might be unavoidable, but following even a few simple tips can have a profound impact on your car’s lifeline. Why, you ask?

 

Fueling up with gasoline instead of diesel may seem like a simple slip when you’re at the pump. Rush hour traffic, thinking about the work day ahead – we’re only human. The problem is that since 2007 diesel engines have built in emission control components that can go on the fritz when filled the wrong type of fuel. For older models without the same emission systems, mistaking gas for diesel can lead to reduced engine power and a whole lot of noise. (Which means you’ll most likely end up at the shop anyway.)

 

Like many locals will know, water contamination can, unfortunately, come from and in many forms when living on the Coast. From saltwater corrosion to heavy rainfalls (read: flooded engine) that seaside view is countered by increased condensation and rust. Breathing in the salty air might be a treat on that early morning run but too much H₂0 can ruin gaskets.

 

Finally, for the city slickers who believe keeping their travel within the inner city limits is a good idea, the reality is that long-term idling (read: traffic) can speed up an engine’s wear and tear. Most cars take a while to heat up to a temperature that allows the system’s condensation to evaporate. This means that by never driving more than a couple of kilometres, your car will rarely heat up to a point that gets rid of that salt water goodness. Furthermore, the heavy system usage required of a stop-and-go drive can result in engine leaks and lead to diluted fuel.

 

Starting to reconsider your driving habits? Fear not – you won’t have to resort to a PT commute just yet. If you’re a proud diesel owner, and would like to uphold that title, you can book in with your local mechanic for a quick check up, or, keep an eye out for the following concerns. Already recognise a few of the warnings signs below? That’s a pretty good indicator something is amiss. Call your mechanic and stop the problem while you’re ahead. Your wallet will thank you.

 

4 Signs of Diesel Engine Break Down

 

  1. Acceleration problems: when you’re not up to speed

You’re in the car, traffic is clear, and you can see the freeway up ahead. But wait – transitioning from a cozy 70 km/h up to 100 clicks isn’t happening. You test your peddle pressure – is it beginning to feel like your car can’t pull its own weight? Having trouble going from zero to a hundred? Acceleration problems can be a sign there is trouble in paradise.

  1. Rough idling: you shouldn’t be shaking

The car has started – that’s a good sign. You’re out of the driveway and on the way to work but now that first red light isn’t the only reason for concern. Is your car shaking like a small terrier while waiting to Pass Go? While most idling diesel has a little rumble under the belt, being tossed around in the driver’s seat is not the feeling you’re after.

  1. Black smoke: leaving a trail behind you

Mid-road trip. You’re 100 kilometres out into country Queensland driving with nothing but clear skies and empty trails. Until that is, you notice that clear blue sky isn’t as sunny out your rearview. Starting to see black smoke coming out from behind you? From a faulty injector to a damaged EGR valve, most mechanical meltdowns that result in smoke are not optimal fuel mileage friendly. Road trip = cut short.

 

  1. Power loss: never a good sign

Short of being in Park, an empty petrol tank, or a dead battery, a car that does not move as nature intended is never a good sign. From fuel pump problems to clogged air filters, full power loss is the car equivalent of an ambulance siren that something is wrong. Get to a diesel specialist – now. (Or, you know, call a tow truck – because that car ain’t moving.)

 

Starting to recognise a few of the above? Or maybe you’re already on the lookout for a mechanic who specialises in diesel maintenance and repair? If life has already cut off your mode of transportation, the last thing you need is some guy in overalls taking you for all you’ve got. Here are some of the best traits to look out for when approaching a new mechanic (so you can rest assured that your baby is in the best hands on the Gold Coast.)

 

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Muffler Repair Gold Coast

Muffler Repair Gold Coast 

Do you want to get the best life out of your car? Most drivers expect more from their engine than moving from point A to B. Unfortunately, our team at Auto King sees exhaust system wear and tear each and every day. And most often? The break down was sped up by the most common, and often preventable, roadside behaviour.

 

If you’ve swung by our service shop, chances are you live in the Gold Coast or somewhere along the Queensland coastline. While we may enjoy the benefits of the sand and sea, the realities of coastal living can take a heavy toll on your car.

 

Concerned you may have been hitting the roads a little too hard? Worry not – most drivers own a car with the intention of driving it (so do we). On the bright side, you can jump start protecting your car from the elements by following a few preventative measures (before the situation becomes total chaos). Want to keep your wheels spinning? Give these tips a test run. Trust us, it’s a good idea.

 

4 Tips to Keep Your Engine Running

 

  1. Check for rust – keeping an eye on corrosion

Let’s be honest – we’re mechanics. We’re not as concerned with sticking to ‘this season’s colours’. This means that we still consider patches of ‘copper’, ‘rose gold’, or ‘bronze’ to be warning signs. Spot a spot of rust? This is a sign of corrosion.
Living near the beach has its perks. So does breathing in fresh, salty air – unless you’re an exhaust system. Salt water has a knack for affecting everything from the body of a vehicle to the underside. Go for a walk around your car – maybe even take a peek underneath. See any rust starting to sneak in? Get this addressed ASAP before that spot grows into a section.

 

  1. Avoid the stop and go – we’re looking at you, city slickers

While we can’t think of anyone who enjoys the stop and go of city traffic, the effects of being stuck in that morning jam will take a toll on more than just your sanity. Cars that only run for short periods of time never heat up to a temperature that allows condensation to evaporate. Though you might have believed the brief commute would be better for your favourite hatchback, lingering water can lead to rust, engine holes, and leaks. Although we praise the man who designed the intricate exhaust system, the domino effect that results from one part breaking down is a game we’d rather avoid.

 

  1. Go for gold (fuel, that is)

We know that most drivers go for the standard, unleaded option at the pump. However, we also know that fewer car owners are aware of the effects poor quality fuel can have on your system. While high traffic stations will have often have enough turnover to keep a fresh supply, low quality fuel can still be found. What are the signs you’ve topped up with something less than premium? Difficulty starting to sluggish performance are a few indicators as is backfiring. Think you filled an almost empty tank with poor petrol? Stop driving and have your tank drained. Your car’s wellbeing may rely on it.

 

  1. Be proactive – fix problems when you notice them

Like the human body, your car’s exhaust system is interconnected. While we believe this to be a thing of beauty, it can also mean that when one mechanism fails you could be headed for a total system meltdown. Looking to avoid total destruction? Be proactive. Start taking a walk around your car on a regular basis to look for leaks. Drive around the potholes. And, if or when you do scrape the pavement after pulling out of your driveway, check that the exhaust hanger is still intact. Is it damn near reaching the ground? Get it fixed.
Sound easy? Great – we hope you start putting some of these practices, well, into practice. But if you’re like most drivers, and are more concerned with going from home to work and back again, you may have forgotten to check for rusty patches. Or, just maybe, you didn’t think to “circle around the body of your car checking for wear and tear” when you got home at 10 o’clock last night. We don’t blame you. Your next move? A: get to a mechanic for a quick check in before needing a full blown repair, or, B: keep an eye out for the following signs. See something strange? Get to your local shop – now.

 

4 Signs You’re On the Road to Break Down

 

  • Poor fuel efficiency – not getting very far?

Price of petrol hasn’t increased? If you’re still filling up for the same amount of money yet only getting a half-life out of your full tank – something’s wrong. And that something is that your car’s fuel efficiency – which is going down.

 

  • Rotten eggs

Nobody likes to hear it, nobody wants to smell it. (Least of all you, when trapped in a traffic jam, at 5pm.) If your car is starting to smell like a summer compost pile, and you didn’t leave last week’s dinner under the seat, do we have to tell you that something is wrong?

  • Shaky start – getting started (or not)

Does it take a few tries to ignite your engine? We’re not talking about your morning coffee. If you’re having trouble getting the ol’ engine going (which was, in fact, designed to catch on the very first try) you’re likely doing more damage than good. Get in, start up as best you can, and go off to the garage.

 

  • Engine Light Glows – they designed this feature for a reason

If your model is new enough that the manufacturer’s included the handy ‘Check Engine’ symbol on the dashboard, you’re in luck. This little icon will glow when something is amiss, saving you from guesswork. If you glows, you go. (Go to the mechanic, that is.)

 

Are you starting to notice some of the above signs? Preventative care can seem frivolous at the time but can also ward off major repairs down the road. And we get it – most people don’t drive their car considering the effects of salt water damage and traffic jams.

 

Want to check in and ensure that your car and finances will keep rolling forward? Reach out to our team for a service quote that we guarantee to never exceed. Too busy to stop in? Ask about our mobile services and let our team come to you.

Guarantees and warranties when buying a vehicle

Guarantees and warranties when buying a vehicle

There are different types of guarantees and warranties that may apply when you buy a vehicle in Queensland. The age and type of vehicle can determine which kinds of warranty will apply. If you are planning to buy a vehicle (new or used), you should know about the warranty that may apply.

Consumer guarantees for all vehicles and trailers

The law automatically gives you rights whenever you buy goods and services, including vehicles and trailers. These are your consumer guarantees.

Your consumer guarantees will apply:

  • to new and used vehicles
  • for a reasonable amount of time after you buy the vehicle
  • regardless of any other warranties from the business
  • even if other types of warranty have run out.

The amount of time that is reasonable:

  • varies from vehicle to vehicle
  • will depend on the price and quality of the specific vehicle
  • is not defined by when other warranties run out.

What they promise

You are guaranteed that the vehicle you buy:

  • is of acceptable quality
  • matches any description or demonstration model
  • is fit to use in normal road conditions (or normal conditions for that vehicle, such as an off-road vehicle)
  • is legally available for the business to sell
  • comes with the right for you to own and use it
  • doesn’t not have any undisclosed money owing on it
  • will have spare parts and repairs available for a reasonable time
  • will live up to any other promise that the business makes about its quality, condition, performance or characteristics.

The dealer cannot refuse to honour a consumer guarantee. They can’t make you sign them away.

Your consumer guarantees will not cover:

  • accidental damage due to your own misuse or negligence
  • anything that you fitted to the vehicle after the time of sale.

Find out what happens if a vehicle doesn’t meet a guarantee.

Manufacturer’s warranty for new vehicles

When you buy a new vehicle, the seller must give you a copy of the manufacturer’s warranty.

Make sure you study the warranty conditions carefully. If you do not understand anything—ask the seller to explain it.

If you buy a new vehicle, you should get a qualified mechanic (who does not have anything to do with the seller who sold you the vehicle) to do a full inspection before your warranty runs out. The mechanic can point out any problems while your vehicle is still under warranty—saving you money later.

Statutory warranty for used vehicles

In certain circumstances, you are entitled to a warranty at no extra cost when you buy a used vehicle from a licensed:

  • motor dealer
  • chattel auctioneer.

We call this a statutory warranty. It protects you from financial loss if your vehicle is faulty.

When they apply

A statutory warranty covers you when the vehicle’s:

  • odometer reading is less than 160,000km
    and
  • date of manufacture is less than 10 years before the sale date.

The warranty expires after 3 months or the first 5,000km.

When they don’t apply

The following vehicles do not have a statutory warranty:

  • vehicles that are out of the warranty period
  • motorcycles
  • caravans
  • commercial vehicles
  • vehicles being sold on consignment for a private seller
  • vehicles that can’t be registered because of their design
  • vehicles that are on the ‘written-off’ register.

Dealers or auctioneers must tell you if a vehicle does not come with a statutory warranty.

They can do this by:

  • clearly stating it in any advertisements for the vehicle
  • putting a notice on the windshield or price tag
  • placing signs at the main entrance to the dealership.

What they cover

Your statutory warranty will cover most defects.

Your vehicle has a defect if a part:

  • does not do what it is supposed to do
  • has worn out so much that it no longer works.

A statutory warranty does not cover defects in:

  • tyres or tyre tubes, batteries, fitted airbags or radiator hoses
  • lights (other than a warning light or a turn indicator light used as a hazard light)
  • installed radio, tape recorder or CD player
  • aerial, spark plug, wiper rubber, distributor point, oil or oil filer, heater hose, fuel or air filter
  • paintwork or upholstery.

Statutory warranty also doesn’t cover:

  • accidental damage due to your own misuse or negligence
  • anything that you fitted to the vehicle after the time of sale.

Making a claim

If your vehicle needs repairs under your statutory warranty, you must give written notice to the warrantor of the defect.

The warrantor must:

  • decide if the defects are covered by your statutory warranty
  • respond in writing within 5 days
  • tell you how to get your vehicle fixed.

If the warrantor does not respond in writing within 5 days, they are taken to have accepted that:

  • the statutory warranty does cover the defects
  • they will be responsible for repairing your vehicle.

Getting the repairs

You will have to deliver the vehicle to either:

  • the warrantor
  • an authorised repairer of their choice.

They will have 14 days to fix your vehicle. You get an extra day added to your statutory warranty for each day of repairs.

The authorised repairer should be less than 20km from the warrantor’s place of business. They may only use a more distant repairer if you agree to it.

If your vehicle is more than 200km from the warrantor’s place of business, they may choose to:

  • nominate the nearest qualified repairer
  • pay delivery costs if they decide to use another repairer.

Resolving disputes

You should always try to resolve any disputes with the dealer. If you are not happy with the dealer’s response, you should then make a complaint to the Office of Fair Trading.

Three tips on choosing the right mobile car repairs company

By Peter Hill

Having your vehicle break down or require urgent repairs can be inconvenient and stressful, especially if you have to take it to a repairer or have it towed.

Fortunately, there are mobile mechanics and mobile car repairs companies that come to you. Service providers such as Auto King Car Repairs (Logan City) provide full

professional vehicle repair services across the Brisbane, Ipswich, and Gold Coast areas.

Fully trained and highly experienced mechanics will come to your home or workplace and carry out repairs to your vehicle on site. There is no need to leave your car in a workshop all day.

While major repairs are unavoidable, many people put off having ‘minor’ vehicle issues seen to; for example, the strange noise that can be ignored by turning up the radio.

Putting repairs off, however, can cost much more in the long run. It is advisable to have minor issues seen to as soon as possible so that they don’t become major and costly problems.

When choosing a mobile mechanic, consider the following:

 

1.The mobile car repairs company should offer the following basic essential services:Auto King Mobile Car Repair company

Adherence to Australian standard code of conduct.
Experienced, fully qualified, A-grade mechanics.
All equipment and tools required carried by the mechanic at all times.
Attendance at roadside breakdowns.
A complete range of standard services (batteries, servicing, safety certificates, tyres and repairs).
Same-day service, whenever possible.

2.Ensure the mobile car repairs company provides a fixed quote prior to beginning work and is willing to match or beat any reasonable price quoted by another provider.

Quoting should be free and with no call-out fee or other hidden charges. All potential costs should be covered by the fixed quote.

3.Check that a minimum 12-month guarantee on both parts and labour is provided. Additionally, the mobile mechanic’s work should protect the vehicle manufacturer’s warranty at all times.

Auto King proudly offers a premium mobile car repairs service covering Logan City, Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast. We are a team of experienced, A-grade professionals,

who will diagnose and fix your vehicle in a timely manner. Contact us today on 1300 092 949 for all of your car repairs needs.