mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au December 7, 2020 No Comments

Budgeting Time and Money for your Car

This blog is about giving a bit of guidance & control to car owners.

While your car can give you enjoyment under constant use, it does need periodic maintenance. (Even Hybrids & Electric cars need constant maintenance).

Attitude

This one is a biggie, your car should be looked at as an investment:

  • You want the best reliable parts fitted to your car.
  • You want to use the very best oil & lubrication & filtration components.
  • You want & should demand that your car be constantly in Safety Certificate standards at all times.
  • RELIABILITY.

You see, with a little knowledge goes a long way, BUT only for those who are interested.

If you are trying to get the cheapest service possible or something for next to nothing (Then have a good look at the pretty young girl in the photo- would you like That to be your Daughter – This is what happens if you are cheap or use gimmick servicing)

Time

Always make adequate time for servicing & more time if your car has a fault-(we offer courtesy cars). Thorough repairs can take time.

TIME & PROBLEMS

Some problems require to be replicated. This can take quite a while. Please remember that for the problem to be conquered- it must be exposed, the data has to be recorded- then a solution or repair be carried time.

There is no magic wand, accurate diagnostics take a logical approach until the goal is achieved. Please note a scanner diagnostic machine will not give you the solution to your problem, most of the time a scanner will give you the EFFECT not the CAUSE & in some cases the scanner will give you nothing- here it takes skill- This, my friend, takes years of experience & this I have earned.

Please note, if you have a problem with the running of your car, do not assume a service will automatically fix your problem.

This brings us to a sticky point on who you use.

I would only use: 

  •  A Tyre shop for tyres,
  • A Muffler shop for Mufflers

I would only use a highly specialised well-equipped experienced diagnostic/tuning shop for the running of my car. I would not cross the genres thinking a tyre shop can fix a tune issue.

Generally these workshops do not spend the money on the right equipment to diagnose – their point of sale is to only sell tyres first or mufflers.

Avoid Saturday Morning Repairs

Except for tyres & Mufflers,

Do not make the excuse you have not got the time. Your car is worth it. Make the time through the week.

Here is why you should avoid Saturday Repairs:

Most Mechanics who work on Saturdays have already worked a 40-hour week. They are tired and fatigued. Also spare parts from dealerships are either closed nor deliver, so what does this mean? A recipe for problems, shoddy workmanship & a rushed job.

Is that what you want?

Petrol

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Have petrol in your car!

Budgeting Money

  • 0-7year old cars under 100,000 km: I would budget $25-$30 a week. The biggest out lay should be tyres & brakes around every 25,000 km to every 40,000 km this is what Franchise/ Dealership capped price service focus on Churn `em out take the money & run.
  • 8-12year old cars 100,000 km & over :With these cars I would budget around $50- $75 a Week – providing all the maintenance up to this point has been done. Here we start seeing issues & far more expensive maintenance, e.g. Spark plugs that require intake manifolds to be removed, timing belts, water pumps, In-tank fuel filters & fuel pumps. It’s here I would recommend a new radiator & coolant hoses. Strongly recommend fuel injectors to be removed & serviced.
  • 13 years & over ($75-$125 + a week): At this stage problems can occur such as Engine repairs, burnt out clutches, failed transmissions, axle bearings- repairs to automatic transmission can be very high- expensive items such as Electrical issues, catalytic converters & diesel particulate filters can cost many thousands of dollars which can make the car not worth the repair.

Summary

Please do not hold me to exact time or costing on what I have written, this is only a generic broad spectrum. Different models & different makes have their own characteristics & costing but this is a general costing & also to prepare- do a little research- look at websites, Facebook, Instagram. Get some idea who you are going to deal with & are they capable & have the adequate skills to look after you & fix your car to be running in tip-top condition.

So there you have it- Attitude, Time, Time & problems, Saturday Morning Repairs, Budgeting Money for different aged cars not bad eh!.

Oh, avoid gimmicks, cost-cutting specials- you get what you pay for fixing cars is a life- long discipline there are no shortcuts.

I hope this has helped,

Keep Safe – Manny

At Manny’s Mechanical Repairs you are in good hands, our main services include, Safety CertificatesLogbook ServiceFree Pickup & Delivery, and Car Cooling System Repairs.

We have the latest diagnostic equipment and my work van is fitted out with an industrial air compressor. This enables me to perform heavy duty work and give you – the customer – the best service at any place and at any time.

For Bookings and enquiries, please contact us on 0411 496 621email us at agrade@mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au or visit our site www.mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au.

mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au September 16, 2020 No Comments

How To Add Value To Your Car

Cars are notorious for depreciating in monetary value when purchased from brand new and you may be thinking how to add back that value to your car.

A well maintained car can give you enjoyment & top money back when you eventually want to sell the car.

The best value for money purchase is a car that is say two years old which has been traded back to the dealership- you can buy a relative new car with a extended warranty-saving at least 30% in depreciation.

The Need or Market

First let me say this nobody wants to pay money for a “SHIT BOX” to think you can sell a car that requires maintenance & still get top dollar is delusional.

There is a huge demand for good reliable modest fair price cars, Parents are looking to give their children good cars to go to University, to the Coast or to drive back up to say Townsville & see safely. You need A car that can withstand Australia`s heat & harsh roads- (we have a vast country which is ¾ the size of America.)

The Log-Book is The Bible of the Car- it keeps a track record or documentation of where & when the car has been serviced, I cannot stress enough to keep this booklet updated.

Go to your glove-box look for it & find it, if its missing find it or quickly get another one from the dealership- if your vehicle is say 12 years old get one from a spare parts dealer & keep a track record of maintenance, service, repairs, Tangible evidence of the upkeep of the vehicle.

Apart from a proper & thorough safety certificate the  well maintained & filled out log book will  be vital to sell your car at a good price- the price you paid for repairs to maintain your vehicle-(which we all have to do) can be easily incorporated in the selling price & that is fair as I said before nobody wants to spend money on a “Shit box”, Nobody wants to spend money for the up keep of a car which they have just bought.

Maintenance

Faded paint & dents are a killer to the price of selling a car, even if the car goes great- the paint & dent will hold the price down. Keep on top of body & paint repairs.one scratch or dent can turn to two, Avoid compounding & fix asap. Try and park your car indoors at night- scratches especially on bumpers should be fixed immediately,

Servicing

Use the best oil, best parts, Buy the best tyres you can afford do not go cheap on servicing- Look at your car as a ongoing investment, NOT A LIBALITY!

Advantages a Used Car has over a New Car

The biggest advantage a good used car has over a new car is that it has proven itself over a test of time consistently, This is a major selling point, New cars do break down (trust me on this) & if you think they do not then go to any manufacture recall section- example is the Takata Air-Bag recall in fact many manufacturers have been sued for poor performing unreliable cars.

How to Add Value to a Car

By keeping your car well maintained. Well documented, tangible evidence of repairs you have given yourself leverage to set a good price, your car is a excellent buy & you can negotiate because your product is good ,it is exactly what people want & they want to pay for a good product. Trust me when I say nobody wants to pay for a “Shit box.”

Note- You can add value to your car with Rims, Exhaust & go fast bits but keeping your car safe & reliable is actually “good will” & worth the money, This is what gives a Potential buyer reassurance & excellent value.

Call Manny on 0411 496 621 today.

To Serve To Perform To Guide- Bringing Automotive power to the people

At Manny’s Mechanical Repairs you are in good hands, our main services include, Safety CertificatesLogbook ServiceFree Pickup & Delivery, and Car Cooling System Repairs.

We have the latest diagnostic equipment and my work van is fitted out with an industrial air compressor. This enables me to perform heavy duty work and give you – the customer – the best service at any place and at any time.

For Bookings and enquiries, please contact us on 0411 496 621email us at agrade@mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au or visit our site www.mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au.

mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au August 3, 2020 No Comments

How to Find a Good Mechanic

Are you struggling to find a good mechanic? This blog tells you the important information you need to know on how to find a good mechanic that suits your Automotive needs.

Cars have become complex computerised, self learning  complicated electronic machinery. They take skill & expensive machinery to maintain & service.

First step is to get rid of the image of the greasy pot-bellied unshaven bogan in overalls with the filthy greasy rag hanging out of his pocket. That image should have been killed off in the nineties & yet its ironic how many times I speak to  people who have this concept & in turn do not become my customers.

The Automotice Doctors

Mechanics are the Automotive industry doctors.

Automotive Problems are complex & can be very expensive so they need a correct procedure & correct diagnostic techniques to isolate a problem.

It is so frustrating when customers want immediate solution & price over the phone for a complex problem without or for- going a correct diagnostic process.

Characteristics of a Good Mechanic

  • A good mechanic enjoys fixing problems.
  • A good mechanic uses a process to isolate the problem.
  • A good mechanic uses attained facts, logic & can back up his theory.
  • A good mechanic does not guess what is wrong!.
  • A good mechanic invests in the very best equipment.
  • A good mechanic uses the very best parts
  • A good mechanic continues to do the latest courses, study develop new techniques.
  • A good mechanic knows how to market his own business & refuses to use Marketing companies because he believes & is strong enough to market his own brand & his/her own business!
  • A good mechanic does not have to use cheap service specials, gimmicks ,shop a dockets or raffle bicycles in lieu of reviews.
  • A good mechanic has honest unfiltered google reviews.(even negative ones)
  • A good mechanic likes to explain so you can learn about your car.
  • A good mechanic loves his job.
  • A good mechanic has a huge tool cabinet of every tool you can imagine.
  • A good mechanic likes to teach.
  • A good mechanic has always got a project going on.
  • A good mechanic has a mission statement.
  • A good mechanic has a brand & logo, something other than a friggan spanner!
  • A good mechanic knows his/her limitations & calls on other people/businesses for help.
  • A good mechanic is committed to his trade for the long haul.
  • A good mechanic drives a 300hp+ v8-(ok maybe just a little bit of boganism)
  • A good mechanic never stops learning.
  • A good mechanic never brags
  • A good mechanic likes to help people.

How to find a good Mechanic

Whether you use my business or not here is what to look for.

Anyone who loves what they do wants to put back into the community. Trying to find some one you can trust & depend on is scary & takes a leap of faith.

Please do not blindly go onto marketing cheap sites, instead read.

Invest a bit of time learning about your car and be wary of reviews. Look deep in these reviews as the saying goes a little knowledge is power!

I hope this has helped.

Call Manny on 0411 496 621 today.

To Serve To Perform To Guide- Bringing Automotive power to the people

At Manny’s Mechanical Repairs you are in good hands, our main services include, Safety CertificatesLogbook ServiceFree Pickup & Delivery, and Car Cooling System Repairs.

We have the latest diagnostic equipment and my work van is fitted out with an industrial air compressor. This enables me to perform heavy duty work and give you – the customer – the best service at any place and at any time.

For Bookings and enquiries, please contact us on 0411 496 621email us at agrade@mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au or visit our site www.mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au.

mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au July 27, 2020 No Comments

The Dangers of Cheap Car Servicing

In our latest blog, we talk about the dangers of cheap car servicing. Keep reading below to become educated in wanting the best for your machine.

Running a business is very tough & difficult especially during the COVID-19 pandemic businesses trying to get work resort to gimmicks & marketing companies to try to get themselves work.

If you do not care about your car then go onto the marketing website & click onto the loser businesses that cannot market their own business.

First let me say this:

“Nobody of Business does something for nothing. There is always a catch!”

To use a shady shop a docket from a supermarket receipt & expect that service to only be the price that was originally advertised is naive at best!

When customers insist on cheap servicing or try to screw businesses down to pay less or supply their own parts, but want high quality work are delusional fools & personally I do not want them as customers.

This type of customer just mentioned, does not really respect or understand the complexity of cars. 

The dangers of Cheap Car Servicing

Since 2006 cars have become very complex.  components are more precisely manufactured & machined with finer tolerances they rely on quality well filtrated lubrication (Variable Camshaft system is an example).

Quality synthetic oil is expensive- this is no gimmick & quality oil filters is a absolute must. I cringe at the crap filtration components my opposition use- cheap crap- I recently had a shady salesman trying to tell me how much profit I can make using his no brand filters- he was abruptly exited out of my business with my a steel cap  boot strategically positioned at his google one star.

Air filters- The use of cheap rubbish air filters is like letting sandpaper- wear away your engine.

Fuel filters –The use of cheap fuel filters allow moisture & algae to block fuel injectors- this is critical with diesel.

Marketing Companies

Marketing companies are similar to car/life insurance & travel accommodation companies- they use the same format- cheap, save you money is their selling point- while slugging the loser business with a percentage. The other issue is that take all your vital information & get paid by the loser workshops & yet do not do any of the work! pretty smart heh!

Cheap Car Servicing

Cheap servicing at a shady mechanical workshop is desperation at best. The shop a docket should be a record of what you bought at the supermarket or used as toilet paper.

It is ironic that businesses that use shop a dockets get so many bad reviews. Hey people what do you expect, something for nothing? 

Cheap servicing is just a front so that the business can upsell you on other components to try & make up for the loss of the initial service . All while using the cheapest rubbish oil & filtration components.

Yet the most vital running components which actually propel the vehicle is lubricated with inferior components. This is stupidity at best.

What makes Manny`s Mechanical Repairs different?

  1. We like to help people.
  2. We love making cars go better.
  3. We use the best oil, The best filtration components.
  4. We use the best Diagnostic/Tuning/ Emission equipment
  5. We continually learn& grow- develop- better skills-THIS NEVER STOPS!
  6. By continuous disciplined servicing we ensure you get the best market value for your vehicle making your ride a profitable asset not a unroadworthy liability.
  7. Probably the most important point is my customers are friends- not customers,

Why you ask? Because we all share the same passion which is getting the best results for your car!

Call Manny on 0411 496 621 today.

To Serve To Perform To Guide- Bringing Automotive power to the people

At Manny’s Mechanical Repairs you are in good hands, our main services include, Safety CertificatesLogbook ServiceFree Pickup & Delivery, and Car Cooling System Repairs.

We have the latest diagnostic equipment and my work van is fitted out with an industrial air compressor. This enables me to perform heavy duty work and give you – the customer – the best service at any place and at any time.

For Bookings and enquiries, please contact us on 0411 496 621email us at agrade@mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au or visit our site www.mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au.

mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au May 12, 2020 No Comments

Getting Ready For A Road Trip

As the COVID-19 virus starts ease in Australia, many of you are eager to get out and about again. We have put together this blog with helping you get ready for a road trip when the virus lockdown is lifted.

As the world is dealing with this Covid -19 virus, Australia has been lucky to be an Island nation. Actually we are a huge Island nation.

Australia is ¾ the size of North America with only 26 million people compared to America`s 300 million, So we have vast distance with miles & miles of road.

Travel Restrictions Easing

As I write this blog The Federal Government is starting to ease travel restrictions.

Which means a bit of freedom at last, while the Aviation industry is still grounded, 

People will start getting into their cars & go for a road trip. Anything to get out & get some fresh air.

But with any destination a bit of planning at the beginning will go a long way for an enjoyable trip.

Road Trip Checklist

First – How far is the trip?

How far do you want to travel and what type of roads and terrain will you be driving on and in?

100km, 200km, 1000km, 2000km or possibly over 5000km.

Second – Is your car up to the challenge & load required for such a trip?

Example – I cringe when I see people go on a long road trip with a 18 year old car with over 250 000km with no accurate service history.

Simply the car is old, Yet for a turbo diesel Toyota Landcruiser, this is nothing.

 What you really need is a accurate assessment of your vehicle for the trip ahead.

This is where Manny`s Mechanical Repairs can help you

How Manny’s Mechanical Repairs Helps You

  1. We begin with the foundations of the car- Tyres, steering, suspension, brakes
  2. The power-train engine, transmission, differential & related components ie radiator & hoses.
  3. Electrical
  4. Accessories

Everything we provide is done in a focused organised efficient & recorded manner

Getting Ready for A Road Trip

We are Essential mechanics that keep the world moving,

We provide Essential repairs to the vehicle to help our Doctors & Nurses get to their work & fight this virus.

We are Essentially here for you to provide an essential service for your car to get where you want to go with safety & efficiently.

Enjoy your trip! 

Call Manny on 0411 496 621 today.

To Serve To Perform To Guide- Bringing Automotive power to the people

At Manny’s Mechanical Repairs you are in good hands, our main services include, Safety CertificatesLogbook ServiceFree Pickup & Delivery, and Car Cooling System Repairs.

We have the latest diagnostic equipment and my work van is fitted out with an industrial air compressor. This enables me to perform heavy duty work and give you – the customer – the best service at any place and at any time.

For Bookings and enquiries, please contact us on 0411 496 621email us at agrade@mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au or visit our site www.mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au.

mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au April 7, 2020 No Comments

Manny’s Mechanical Repairs is OPEN!

Manny`s Mechanical Repairs is open for Essential Business!

To Serve, To Perform & To Guide

To Serve: We are here to help you, we are here ensure your car is efficient & most importantly Reliable

To Perform: Manny’s is one of the best equipped diagnostic/ Tuning workshop in Brisbane. We specialise in getting the most Safety, Performance & Efficiency out of your vehicle. We go the extra mile!

To Guide: This is what makes us different from our competitors, apart from our good looks, is that we like to discuss your 1-3-5 year goals for your car. We can give you a running platform with a plan on how to achieve that. We take notes & organise, we keep accurate records of repairs & servicing so when its time to sell there is a smooth transition without stress.

Manny’s Mechanical Repairs is OPEN!

 But essentially reliability is the most the pressing issue while we are in this CORONA- VIRUS state.

Manny`s Mechanical repairs is here for you!

Manny`s Mechanical repairs will help you the best way we can by taking the Challenge on.

For all your Safety, Servicing & tuning needs call Manny- WE ARE OPEN!

Call Manny on 0411 496 621 today.

To Serve To Perform To Guide- Bringing Automotive power to the people

At Manny’s Mechanical Repairs you are in good hands, our main services include, Safety CertificatesLogbook ServiceFree Pickup & Delivery, and Car Cooling System Repairs.

We have the latest diagnostic equipment and my work van is fitted out with an industrial air compressor. This enables me to perform heavy duty work and give you – the customer – the best service at any place and at any time.

For Bookings and enquiries, please contact us on 0411 496 621email us at agrade@mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au or visit our site www.mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au.

mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au March 10, 2020 No Comments

Why You Must Keep Your Car in Safety Certificate Standards

Car accidents takes an average of 300 lives a year on Queensland roads alone (Nationally around 1200 lives are lost) and that’s why you must keep your car in Safety Certificate standards at all times.

If you use the 80/20 Pareto principal this then turns to average of 1150 serious accidents on Queensland roads per year.

To think this cannot happen to you is naïve at best!

Car Accident Investigation Team

A car accident where there is a serious injury or worse will call in a Accident Investigation Team who use facts & logic of some 1000 or more points to find out the exact cause of the accident.

Generally, this is divided in categories of –

  • Driving characteristic or error
  • Environmental – Bad roads, poor visible signage
  • Mechanical defects

The investigation provides accurate Data which is passed to Local, State or Federal Governments, The Police, The Department of Transport & Insurance Companies.

Car Safety Certificates

As the driver you are responsible for the way you drive & for keeping your car in safe standards without faults.

If by chance a mechanical fault is the contributor or cause of the accident, then the insurance company may not give you a pay out for your policy.

Simply go into any Car Insurance Company & read their Terms & conditions.

“How do I know if my car is in Road worthy or Safety Certificate Standards?”

Good question.

The Answer is you do not know unless you have a proper Safety Certificate Examination by a qualified Examiner.

“But I just had my car serviced it should be ok shouldn’t it?”

Should is a dangerous word because it`s not based on facts.

 Truth is a service is not a inspection its merely a routine of maintenance done at different levels depending on the skill (or lack there) of the service technician & how much you are willing to pay.

If you take car to a tyre shop or a muffler shop or get cheap shop a docket specials or use a cheap undercutting marketing website or worse use a cheap lazy mobile mechanic who is so lazy to jack up your car (the ‘she’ll be right mate’ attitude will not be good enough).

You are only deluding yourself & opening up yourself for serious consequences in the event of a accident.

Why You Must Keep Your Car in Safety Certificate Standards

As a car owner:

  • I would demand a thorough safety inspection on my car at every service with a written report & signature
  • I would demand to know who is working on my car?
  • I would demand to know what credentials has this technician.?
  • I would demand to know has the workshop the appropriate equipment & what quality parts are you using & are you using the correct oil.
  • I would get clear & concise information on what has or has not been done to my car written down in a clear legible manner with signature.
  • I would demand the best I can afford.

Manny`s mechanical repairs specialises in excellent thorough inspections with every service. We also record your emissions, computer scan every car, load test batteries, record battery charge & alternator output we thoroughly go over your car can also measure torque & horsepower!

When it comes to your car or that for your children who are driving – pay for the best, it may save your life!

My favourite saying is this:

‘If you cannot measure it, Then you cannot manage it!’

Only through Periodic systematic organised transparent checking can you be assured your car is safe.

Call Manny on 0411 496 621 today.

To Serve To Perform To Guide- Bringing Automotive power to the people

At Manny’s Mechanical Repairs you are in good hands, our main services include, Safety CertificatesLogbook ServiceFree Pickup & Delivery, and Car Cooling System Repairs.

We have the latest diagnostic equipment and my work van is fitted out with an industrial air compressor. This enables me to perform heavy duty work and give you – the customer – the best service at any place and at any time.

For Bookings and enquiries, please contact us on 0411 496 621email us at agrade@mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au or visit our site www.mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au.

mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au January 14, 2020 No Comments

Emission Testing North Brisbane

2020 has started with ridiculous heat, a national drought & terrible bushfires in Victoria, New South Wales & parts of South Australia. 

Not a good time to take a holiday in Hawaii..

Due to these events that have just mentioned, here at Mannys Mechanical Repairs, we have decided to lead the charge with implementing emission testing North Brisbane.

This testing will happen on all vehicles when serviced & repaired and on safety certificate inspections.

Vehicle Emission Testing

We have just upgraded on a new Gas Analyser to measure vehicle emissions on Petrol, Diesel, LPG & Natural Gas-

We can supply a print out on the state of your vehicle emissions at idle (sitting in traffic) & at 3000 rpm (cruise modes).

CO: Carbon Monoxide

The combusted dangerous gas that can kill in high concentrations. The lower the reading the better generally we are looking less than .5% with a good catalytic converter this can be down to 0%

HC: Hydrocarbons

is the unburnt fuel- left in the combustion process- This is a major polluter & effects the ozone layer. Hydrocarbons are measured in parts per million (ppm) the lower the better!

Co2: Carbon dioxide

Carbon Dioxide is a result of the combustion process- the higher the percentage the better combustion process which means the engine is running efficiently- still high levels of carbon dioxide cause Green house effect – possible global warming

O2: Oxygen

is measured- excess level of oxygen means there is a possible exhaust leakage which can effect emission readings or a engine fault. Though the gas analyser is a balance system- if there is a abnormal reading it will show irregular readings on the other settings.

NOx: Nitrogen oxide

This one is the bad one- a mixture of nitrogen & oxygen added with fuel hydrocarbons(Diesel)  Nox is released under extreme combustion heat- To combat this manufactures add a EGR- Exhaust gas recirculation system to cool & lower NOx .

 NOx gases causes Acid rain & Asthma.

Lambda & Air/Fuel Ratio

The ideal air/fuel Ratio for petrol is 14.7:1, Diesels can range from 14.5 :1 to  20 :1 That is 20 air molecules to 1 fuel molecule. lambda is a nominated reading by the engine software calibrator but generally a lambda of 1 is 14.7 :1 reference

Emission Testing North Brisbane

By reading the above, you can be assured we take our work seriously.

Global Warming is serious stuff and we can do our part to ensure vehicles are properly serviced, tuned & keep the polluters off the road.

 Manny`s Mechanical Repairs is leading the way!

“IF YOU CANNOT MEASURE IT.. YOU CANNOT MANAGE IT!”

Let’s make Greta happy!

Call Manny on 0411 496 621 today.

To Serve To Perform To Guide- Bringing Automotive power to the people

At Manny’s Mechanical Repairs you are in good hands, our main services include, Safety CertificatesLogbook ServiceFree Pickup & Delivery, and Car Cooling System Repairs.

We have the latest diagnostic equipment and my work van is fitted out with an industrial air compressor. This enables me to perform heavy duty work and give you – the customer – the best service at any place and at any time.

For Bookings and enquiries, please contact us on 0411 496 621email us at agrade@mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au or visit our site www.mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au.

mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au December 10, 2019 No Comments

Ford Specialist Enoggera

Manny’s Mechanical Repairs is your Ford Specialist Enoggera. We specialise in servicing, repairs and tuning.

Fords I Have Serviced

Ford Ba-Fg XR6

The “Barra” is probably the best engine built in Australia. After the disaster of the AU in late 1999-2001, Ford came bouncing back with the Barra engine, Dual overhead cam; then added with a turbo this engine became legendary & still is sought after today.

Huge power can be gained from this 6 cylinder master piece.

We here at Manny`s have fixed issues with variable solenoids, ignition issues, fuel pressure regulators & faulty injectors. Check past videos

The Boss V8

The XR8- 5.4 litre double overhead cam is my personal favourite. Nothing beats low down power like a V8, but these engines need tweaking.

Extractors, high flow exhaust, under size pulley; we have all the equipment & the specialized tooling to tune & replace the dreaded rear end differential bushes, tooling to support the engine & fit extractors & tune your vehicle with SCT Software.

FORD XR5

This 5 cylinder Volvo Duratec engine hot hatch is a favourite.

Issues with alternators, Cooling system, timing belts are no problem with Manny Mechanical Repairs.

Ford Mondeo – Turbo diesel

The Ford Mondeo is one the best cars that came from England. This turbo diesel vehicle handles smooth & has great fuel economy.

We have all the specialised equipment to service, replace timing belts & high pressure pump test equipment to keep this classic going.

Ford Focus- Petrol & Turbo diesel

The focus is a good little car. We have had to deal with issues with cooling systems, leaking radiators & cracked header tanks. With the Turbo Diesels we have had to replace high pressure fuel pump & a lot  of issues with catalytic converter pressure diaphragm sensors.

We have dedicated equipment to replace timing belts.

Ford Fiesta

The Ford fiesta is a great little budget car. Common issues with the fiesta are; overheating (due to seized thermo/radiator fans), thermostat housing leaking, header tank cracks & radiators leaking, engine breather bypass hoses deteriorating effecting idle issues & Fuel economy.

Ford Specialist Enoggera

We are dedicated Ford Repairers.

Knowledge is power- Power is organised effort!

Call Manny on 0411 496 621 today.

To Serve To Perform To Guide- Bringing Automotive power to the people

At Manny’s Mechanical Repairs you are in good hands, our main services include, Safety CertificatesLogbook ServiceFree Pickup & Delivery, and Car Cooling System Repairs.

We have the latest diagnostic equipment and my work van is fitted out with an industrial air compressor. This enables me to perform heavy duty work and give you – the customer – the best service at any place and at any time.

For Bookings and enquiries, please contact us on 0411 496 621email us at agrade@mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au or visit our site www.mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au.

mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au November 12, 2019 No Comments

What is a Catalytic Converter?

The last two blogs have been about air flow at high engine speed through variable valve timing(  keeping the intake valve on longer @ higher speeds) The other blog was on precise relation & correlation between the valves and crankshaft through a timing belt.

Today I will talk about Catalytic Converters.

In the last 6 moths a number of customers have come into the workshop & Mannys Mechanical with the engine light on. Once scanned the dreaded fault code P0420 Catalyst system below threshold has been recorded. What does this mean? and why is it so expensive to fix?

What is a Catalytic Converter?

In 1986, Australia outlawed anti- knock agent Tetraethyl – Lead made it compulsory for cars to use Unleaded petrol. Also cars were fitted with catalytic converters in the exhaust system. A catalytic converter converts harmful unburnt fuel (hydrocarbons) into a inert gas.

A catalytic converter uses precious metals to react with the incoming exhaust gases in a ceramic monolith with a honeycomb structure.

The catalyst itself is most often a mix of precious metalPlatinum is the most active catalyst and is widely used, but is not suitable for all applications because of unwanted additional reactions and high cost. Palladium and rhodium are two other precious metals used. Rhodium is used as a reduction catalyst, palladium is used as an oxidation catalyst, and platinum is used both for reduction and oxidation. Ceriumironmanganese, and nickel – this list pretty well explains the expensive metals used & hence the cost.

There are a few different catalytic converters – a two way & three way. For catalytic converters to be effective the temperature must be around 426celcius. Which is why they are usually incorporated in the exhaust manifold & this is also the reason why oxygen sensors also have heating elements.

The picture above shows Kamahl holding a brand new Catalytic Converter incorporated with engine pipes to suit a Subaru Outback $2698.00 – yet they sell on Ebay for $400.

Would I buy from Ebay?

Not in your life. You will be lucky to get 4 months before it fails again. Heaps of after- market cheap rubbish do not use the precious metals listed above to last.

What do they mean P0420 Catalyst below threshold?

Generally there are two Oxygen sensors – a pre-catalytic converter & a after catalytic converter. They do a few jobs (Look at KAMAHL holding the cat` you will see one small hole and a extension where the oxygen sensors fit)

  1. They monitor how much oxygen is in the exhaust emissions and they measure is the catalytic converter reaction buy monitoring the change of state (threshold). If  the post cat sensor mirrors the pre-cat sensor, then the catalytic converter is not doing its job the fault code P0420 is registered. This information is monitored & compared through the computer in a term called closed loop.

What Causes the Failure?

There are number of reasons that can cause failure of a Catalytic converters. Vibration is probably the biggest killer. Exhaust systems have engine pulses which travel thousands a time a second these pressure waves can eventually break away the inner supporting structure-excessive over-fuelling through poorly tuned engines, coolant is one of the biggest killers- when a vehicle excessively over heats causing coolant to get in the exhaust system. Age, I am seeing vehicles around the 10 year mark coming in with this problem/fault code.

It’s so expensive to fix should I worry about it?

Well Yeah! When engine and emission lights come on, your vehicle is immediately un-roadworthy & if these hooligan climate activists have their way about climate change (running around half naked chaining themselves to toilet blocks & moving TRUCK WHEELS) will eventually  force Governments to crack down on vehicle emissions.

This could mean you, the car owner & me the automotive repairer will face some serious fines if the repairs are not carried out immediately.

What this does do?

It puts serious stress on. Say single mothers  to get their cars fixed straight away, whether they can afford it or not-..I would love to check  the car emission status on all these screaming activists & see how well kept their cars are- people in green house glass houses should not throw stones!

I hoped this has helped- Manny

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