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
- basic general service for a car only
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.
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
- Wiper blades $12- $66.00 each
- Coolant $15.00 a litre
- Brake fluid $22.00 a litre
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
I hope this has helped – Manny 0411 496 621
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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.