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 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 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 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 October 31, 2019 No Comments

What is Timing Belt?

Have you ever wondered what a Timing Belt is? 

Engine breathing & more important air flow is the heart & soul of good performance of a internal combustion engine.

How a Timing Belt works

I have selected 3 pictures to try to capture the job of a timing belt. The quintessential word here is “TIME”.

A brief run down:

In a nutshell the engine is a air pump with a piston moving up & down. The down speed of the piston causes a negative pressure (vacuum) and air enters the chamber via a intake valve (this can be through one or two valves) –  Induction Stroke.

The intake valve closes at a precise time, when the piston moves up it compresses the air & injected fuel (compression stroke) and the spark plug fires, causing a combustion process resulting in a flame front & high pressure. The combustion pressure forces the piston down at a precise time sending torque down the crankshaft turning linear force into rotating torque (power stroke).

As the pistons ends the downward travel, the exhaust valve opens at a precise time. The piston then moves back up pushing exhaust gases out the exhaust valve (exhaust stroke).

Why Do I have to Replace the Timing Belt

Timing is the issue & it has to be precise. To open & close valves at the precise time in relation to piston position, this requires a timing belt. These timing belts are due to be replaced approximately every ten years or at 60 000km – 100 000km. Some makes have different time intervals, so please refer to your repair manual for the exact times.

Stretched timing belts can throw the whole series of engine stroke events totally out of sync with the valve events, resulting in poor performance, poor fuel economy even possible engine failure!

Why so expensive to replace?

Replacing timing belts should also incorporate replacing the water pump. Some vehicles may require the engine to be removed from the car to replace the timing belt.

Many manufactures require special holding and locking tools to hold engine components in the exact position to install the belts. This can be very expensive just to get the right tools to do the job.

What is a Timing Belt?

Manny`s Mechanical repairs specialises in engine Tuning & excellent fuel economy, replacing timing belts, water pumps & timing chains. We ensure your vehicle is up to date & have the equipment to measure good fuel economy & power. Replacing timing belts is critical & should not be avoided costing can be around $1000.00 including labour(approx.), but that is better than losing your engine due to hubris or neglect.

I hope this has helped.

Knowledge is power- Power is organized 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 January 23, 2019 No Comments

Logbook Servicing Enoggera

Manny`s Mechanical Repairs specialises in Logbook Servicing Enoggera as our primary focal service.

  1. We are not a tyre shop that does mechanical
  2. We are not a muffler shop that does mechanical
  3. We are not a suspension shop that does mechanical

Log Book Servicing

Manny`s Mechanical Repairs specialises in Logbook Servicing in the Enoggera area.

We ensure that your vehicle meets the log book criteria and we  insure that your vehicle meets Safety Certificate Standards & beyond

We quote and consult on any upgrades in performance, braking, steering & suspension.

We service vehicles on Saturday Morning (by appointment).

We monitor Vehicle Emissions & advise on how to get better reliable power & better Fuel economy through our Excellent tuning & diagnostic equipment which is far beyond any competitor in Enoggera

Log Book Servicing Enoggera

For specialised Vehicle Logbook Servicing Enoggera – call Manny on 0411 496 621.

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 5, 2018 No Comments

Car Services

Cars are complex- make no mistake about it.

Electrics, computers, can-bus communication and all other necessities, there is a protocol which technicians have to follow- unfortunately the general public has no idea what is required so here is a attempt to demystify the whole process of servicing.

What is in a Car Service?

A service can be broken into three categories

  1. Parts
  2. Consumables
  3. Labour

Labour

  • basic general service for a car only

car services

The vehicle is checked over for damage & scratches before test drive-test drive incorporates, listening for knocks, squeaks, rattles, driving braking shuddering. a full electronic check- load test battery @150-200 amps & monitor load performance, light check, interior lights power windows, perform full electronic computer scan-with report, check fuel trims.- under bonnet, check drive belts, check for any leaks (coolant or oil) check brake fluid & coolant concentrations, check radiator& cooling system, top up all levels.

Jack up car (HALF WAY) – check steering and suspension (shock absorbers, ball joints)  remove wheels check tyres-note condition, rotate tyres-check tyre pressures. Check brakes- include brake hoses , adjust brakes & hand brake.

Fully jack car up – drain oil, replace oil filter, check gear box & differential oil levels, inspect & report exhaust damage, engine & transmission mounts, check for lower suspension wear (IF ANY)-Check drive shafts(for torn boots or cv damage),tail shafts, grease if applicable. check for any structural damage or rust.

Lower car – fill with correct fresh oil- check air filter- replace if necessary, start vehicle-check for leaks-test drive.

Time is about 1- 1.5 hours price approx $120- $189.

Parts

If your car has a turbo (Diesel or Petrol) only full synthetic oil will be used.

Oil prices can range between $60- $120 –depending on make/model.

  • Oil filter approx $18-$38
  • Air filter approx $22.00- $80.00
  • Fuel filter approx $35-$145
  • Spark plugs range from general plug $8.00 each to $55+ each ( may take 8 plugs

Consumables

  • Wiper blades  $12- $66.00 each
  • Coolant $15.00 a litre
  • Brake fluid $22.00 a litre

Car Services

I have bared my soul when it comes to servicing prices my opposition will of course undercut me because that is business- A word of warning-beware of cheap service prices-gimmicks or gurus when you use a booking agency-you are sending money overseas(THEY TAKE 30% OF THE BOOKING FEE).., to finish  a small 4 cylinder car which is constantly serviced average price is around $250 – $300. Diesel 4wd can be around the $450 + diesel parts can be expensive-but i strongly recommend a diesel fuel filter with every service

car services 2

I hope this has helped – Manny 0411 496 621

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 16, 2018 No Comments

Turbo Tuning and Repairs Brisbane

Are you looking for Turbo Tuning and Repairs Brisbane? 

Manny’s Mechanical Repairs are Brisbane’s finest Mechanical Repairers for Turbo Tuning and Repairs.

If you are looking for Turbo Tuning and Repairs call Manny on 0411 496 621 and book a service in.

What is a Turbo?

Turbo is short for a TURBO-CHARGER , A turbo charger is effectively a air pump driven by exhaust pulses from a car engines exhaust manifold, the exhaust gases spins a turbine wheel which is joined by a shaft to  a compressor wheel- the compressor wheel pumps compressed air to the engine intake-via a intercooler this compressed air enters the engine intake under a boost state which creates a denser group of air molecules to enter the engine, combined with the right amount  fuel in the engine combustion chamber, resulting in a bigger combustion event-creating more power.

Why are there so many turbo vehicles?

In a nutshell smaller engines create less emissions & are cheaper to make, combined with a turbo a small engine can make big power under load- hence the benefit of a small car features with extra power when needed. Diesels have increased power and fuel economy with advance technology in diesel fuel delivery & turbo chargers achieving incredible mileage with every tank of fuel.

Turbo Maintenance

Vehicle with turbo-chargers should be maintained more often than normally aspirated engines.

  1. Recommend good quality FULL synthetic oil to be used (0W-30)
  2. Service intervals should be every 6000km-8000km NOT 15000KM ( Far too long)  as recommended by some manufactures
  3. Correct heat range spark plugs, good quality air, fuel & oil filters must be used
  4. For Diesels recommend fuel filter with every service.

Manny`s Mechanical Repairs- Services ,Tunes, Diagnose & Repairs high performance Petrol turbo & Diesel turbo engines.

We rectify intercooler leaks, cracks, monitor engine performance using our Dyno machine-measure emissions, measure, monitor boost operation & waste gate & variable vane operation.

Turbo Tuning and Repairs Brisbane

Pictured below is a 2016 4 cylinder ECOBOOST MUSTANG on our dyno.

This Mustang is pushing 230 horsepower from a 4 cylinder tubocharged(direct injected) engine – compare that to a normal aspirated engine of 80-100 horsepower this is how much difference a well designed turbo can make.

ecoboost mustang

I hope this has helped – Manny 0411 496 621

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 31, 2018 No Comments

Car Noises and Vibrations Brisbane

Are you experiencing weird Car Noises and Vibrations Brisbane but not sure what might be causing it?

Read below some things you could be experiencing in your car and what you can do to fix it.

In the last few weeks I have had a number of customers who have had obvious problems with their cars- but have ignored vital signs because of their busy hectic lives, one case we just had a customer actually lost complete brake hydraulics in his front brakes- luckily he did not hurt himself or any one else.

The problem on hand is that if you choose to ignore these noises/signs then you actually become a customized to their frequency and the brain thinks this is normal-when in actual fact it’s a prelude of worse things to come.

Car – KNOCKS (Engine or suspension)

Knocking is the bad one- knocking/tapping-engine or suspension means metal on metal at a frequency it can mean poor or no lubrication, broken components, or component failure I have had cases where this has been ignored resulting in total engine seizure. (Worn ball joints, sway bar mounts, broken springs)-recommend not to drive and get towed to your work shop.

Car – GRINDING or GROANING

The two most common components that grind are brake component failure or a bearing roller failure-this could be wheel bearings, drive or tail- shaft bearing anything that has a bearing in it, Brake pads or brake linings can wear away to metal on metal surfaces, if you detect grinding I recommend getting the vehicle towed to your workshop

CAR – SQUEALING

Squeals can be manmade warning signs warning you that your brakes are worn low, squeals can be caused by dust particles between two surfaces or lack of lubrication in a bearing, dry ball joints, cracked or hard fan belts, squealing is a sign of worse things to come- so do not hope the noise will go away-just get it check out as soon as possible.

Car – THUMPING

Thumps are generally a suspension failure or a broken engine or gearbox mounts, thumping of a shock absorber is common when the internal shock valve or rod is damaged & has lost it hydraulic oil. Thumping may even be a out of round or scalloped tyre,-again if you detect a thump get it check out immediately.

Car – STEERING SHUDDER/ BRAKE PEDAL PULSATION

This one is not a noise but still very common, the main culprits of steering shudder is 1-out of round tyres or a tyre with a impact fracture, these tyres have been distorted and have lost their symmetrical shape. Another cause for steering shudder is distorted brake disc rotors-the distorted brake rotor pulses the brake pads back and forward as the brakes are applied. Also brake pulsating pedal can also be distorted rear brake rotors or a faulty wheel bearing.

Car Noises and Vibrations

There are numerous noises & vibrations which can happen in a car, there are many more for I have nominated the most common, remember if a noise or vibration begins do not endure with the issue hoping it will go away- nip it in the bud early for it will save you a lot of cash & make your car safer.

I hope this has helped – Manny 0411 496 621

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 23, 2018 No Comments

Car Diagnostics must be based on Facts – not assumptions!

Recently a very despondent friend of a good customer rang me about a severe engine knock he had in his 2013  Ford Ranger.  This vehicle had been to two other workshops & both condemned the engine he even got A quote of $15000 to replace the engine.

The ford Ranger was driven up to my workshop, which there was a terrible loud knock coming from the engine. The customer showed me the two invoices and a pico compression sheet verifying two cylinders low on compression. The customer even rang a Ford dealership who said ‘The engines go often on these cars’.

My mind went into overtime buzzing as it does.. Something was not right. How can a relatively new engine (5 years old) with a 180 000km which is not that high for a diesel, fail like that. The vehicle had been regularly serviced & not neglected, was it a fuel fault-running to lean or metal fatigue failure? We needed to know!

I asked Ricky my Head Mechanic to use the Snap on borescope to check out the failed cylinders.

Ricky removed the engine covers proceeded to remove the injectors when he stumbled on a diesel leak pictured above as he touched the injectors & noticed they had moved.

The securing plate held down by two bolts had come loose and this caused the injectors to pound up & down which then initiated engine knock also the diesel fuel line had vibrated loose.

Ricky tightened the bolts & the fuel line then started the engine-“ PRESTO.., FIX!” Ricky took the Ranger for a test drive & went like a dream.

There is a moral to this story…First find mechanics who have morals, Second DIAGNOSTICS MUST BE BASED ON FACTS- NOT ASSUMPTIONS OR HEARSAY BS!

We saved the customer $15000 engine replacement (not $150.00 or $1500 but $15000) because we went the extra mile.

Diagnostics must be based on cause & effect – What caused the problem? 

Sure we deal with the effect but going the extra mile to use a expensive borescope to verify the problem found us the solution- before we even had to remove any engine component.

Expensive equipment like this Snapon borescope is commitment to accurate diagnostics.

snap on borescope

When a mechanic who assumes or a friend of the family who gives their useless opinion , (better still the all macho alpha male boyfriend) about your car problems-please know that they are wrong 90% of the time.

A organized problem/diagnostic procedure with the best equipment, skills and A iron will to help people solve their car problems is what customers should be looking for-never assume

When you ASSUME  you make a arse out of you and me

Manny`s Mechanical Repairs is based in Enoggera where we specialize in Car engine problems, accurate diagnostics, car tuning , car performance tuning,turbo diesel servicing, Ford ranger service & repairs. Mazda bt50 service & repairs, car dyno tuning. Getting good fuel economy &power for your car.

To serve to perform to guide. I hope this has helped.

– Manny

Ford Ranger

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.