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|Posted on May 13, 2015 at 8:51 PM||comments (261)|
Batteries can die at any time of year but it's more likely in winter when cold temperatures hit car batteries with a triple-whammy:
power output drops
ability to accept a charge drops, so the battery doesn't recharge as quickly when you're driving
load increases – lights, blowers, wipers, heated seats, rear-screen heater etc are all used more
A helpful tip is to turn off your accessories before you crank you engine. This reduces the intial load on cranking giving your battery the best chance of survival this Winter. Once you've let the engine warm up then turn on heaters, demisters ect. All these items work better and faster when the engine is warmer anyway.
Call us now to have your battery checked and for peace of mind we have batteries with 42 months warranty if needed. We also do deep cylce and marine batteries. 34080043
|Posted on May 13, 2015 at 8:48 PM||comments (501)|
Ever put the wrong fuel in your car???
No 1 Rule if your in doubt DO NOT TURN YOUR ENGINE OVER
With the increase in diesel passenger cars available its becoming a common problem. Petrol in diesel engines acts as a solvent reducing lubrication and can cause damage to fuel pumps and in some cases if petrol is allowed to travel through to the engine complete break down which can result in needing a new engine.
Always double check the fuel grade indicator on the pump before filling.
The risk of misfuelling is higher if:
you use an unfamiliar petrol station - don't assume hose colours are the same as your 'local' site
you switch between brands using different hose/nozzle colours and names of fuels
you swap cars (using different fuel) at home or work - it's easy to 'forget' which car you're filling
you hire a car using different fuel to your normal car
you buy a new/second hand car using different fuel to your old car
you continue a conversation with passengers while filling up or worried about kids fighting in the car
you are in a hurry/running late - is always a big problem try to plan ahead for rush moments
Remember if in doubt DO NOT TURN YOUR ENGINE ON seek help immediately. Call us on 34080043 and arrange to have your fuel system looked at. A small fee for a tow truck is far better than thousands on a new engine!
|Posted on April 22, 2015 at 6:49 PM||comments (434)|
|Posted on November 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM||comments (385)|
To help keep your car cool this summer remember to have your coolant checked. An engine which is running at an incorrect temperature can cost you thousands in fuel and repair costs. If you consider for every litre of fuel burnt in your system only 28% approx is used to create power anything which helps your cars engine run more efficiently has got to be great. Coolant should be checked regularly to ensure it has not become acidic which will cause much harm to precious running gear. By Australian standards it is law that all coolant have a colorant added to see even if you see green or red in your radiator does not automatically mean it is working correctly. At Island Auto Repairs every car which comes in to our shop for a service is checked to make sure it is within the proper range of working order. Help your car this summer and change your coolant to ensure correct running order.
|Posted on July 22, 2011 at 2:35 AM||comments (198)|
Did you know that improper tyre pressure can wear your tyres out dramatically? To save on fuel cost and tyre wear check your tyre pressure when you fill up with petrol or pop into Island Auto Repairs and see Chris and he will check it for you.
|Posted on June 23, 2011 at 10:51 PM||comments (200)|
The best way to spend that bonus tax refund is to spend it on the thing that carries the most precious cargo....YOU. We often neglect the tyres and servicing because we think it wont really matter but seriously do you want to take the chance that those brakes fail at a crucial time? A simple and fast check will give you peace of mind.