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Summer Preparations for Your Mercedes: Car Service in Sunshine Coast

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car service

As much fun as summer can be, it can also take its toll on your luxury car. Most people make preparations for winter weather but forget about the summer. The heat and sunshine of this season can have different effects on our vehicle, not to mention the temperature drops in the evening.

Thus, it would be perfect to schedule a routine check from Sunshine Coast car service professionals just before summer or as short while after.  A mechanic will conduct inspections and provide tips on how to keep your Mercedes working perfectly during summer. Read more “Summer Preparations for Your Mercedes: Car Service in Sunshine Coast”

Compressor Problems in Auto ACs: Facts from Sunshine Coast Mechanics

compressor problems
compressor problems

Driving a car without sufficient air conditioning can be torture during some times of the year. When the temperatures are high, your auto AC becomes our best friend. It can be frustrating when it stops providing the comfort you expect. A faulty auto AC can be the result of any number of factors.

It will be easier to find mechanics on the Sunshine Coast to provide the solution when you know how to detect AC problems. For one, a defective compressor may be one reason your luxury car’s air conditioning is failing. It helps to develop a rudimentary grasp of how an AC compressor functions and what could be wrong. Read more “Compressor Problems in Auto ACs: Facts from Sunshine Coast Mechanics”

Our Top 10 Tips and Tricks for Car Care

top 10 tips and tricks for car care
top 10 tips and tricks for car care
  1. Our top 10 tips and tricks for car care - image 1Use toothpaste to clean your headlights – if your headlights are looking a little dull or cloudy, buff them with toothpaste and a soft cloth and you’ll be surprised how amazing they look.
  2. Create a car bin – keep your vehicle neat and tidy by having a small bin in the backseat. You can craft one out of a plastic cereal container and just add a plastic bag inside.
  3. Check your mirrors are set correctly – safety experts recommend that no part of your car should appear in your mirrors so that you can negate blind spots.

– All your mirrors should slightly overlap your field of view –
See this neat diagram we found from Car and Driver:

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  1. Use a shower caddy to keep kid’s meals on their laps and not on your seats or floors.
  2. Get a parking app on your phone so you never forget where you left your car, or take a photo on your smartphone whenever you park the car.
  3. A shoe organizer from the dollar store is a great way to organize all your travel supplies; hang it on the back of the front seats and you have everything within reach.
  4. Cool a car down without air conditioning by rolling down one window and then opening and closing the door on the other side five to six times. Your car will cool down without the need for air-conditioning by sending all the hot air out the window.
  5. Keep a microfibre cloth in your centre console so you are always ready for any spills, or you can dust off the dash while you’re sitting in traffic and notice all the dust build up!
  6. When you next clean the inside of your car, put a few drops of your favourite essential oil on the cloth you use to wipe down your car seats so that the lovely aroma lingers in the car.
  7. Each time you fill up your car with fuel, check your tyre pressure to make sure they’re all at the right levels so you’re getting the best fuel economy.

Keep calm and know your dashboard:

Cars are incredible machines and year on year their technology expands bringing you safer, more efficient and more powerful driving experiences. Although they may be mechanical wonders, they are not immune to faults or damage, but luckily when something does start to go wrong your car is able to tell you what’s happening beneath the hood…. so long as you know how to read the signals!

Taking time to understand your vehicle’s warning signals will not only reduce the stress levels when you see your dash illuminate, but you could also save yourself time and money by accurately understanding the message your car is sending.

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top 10 car care tips and tricks - light 1ECU / Engine Warning Light

If you see this warning light you’ll probably also experience other unusual symptoms including loss of power as your car goes into safe mode, or a stuttering as you accelerate. Although it may only be a small issue such as faulty wiring, any time the engine warning light illuminates you should get your auto technician to look at it as soon as possible.

It may be a bigger issue than you think and driving around with a faulty engine could continue to cause damage to your car.

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top 10 car care tips and tricks - light 2Coolant Warning Light

This could either mean your coolant levels are low and need a top up (check the gauge on the side of the coolant tank under the bonnet) or your engine is overheating. If your coolant levels are fine then book in with your auto technician to take a look.

If your engine gets too hot it can breakdown, taking one small problem and turning it into a big expensive problem for you… so don’t let that happen!

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top 10 car care tips and tricks - light 3Brake System / Brake Fluid Warning Light

Get this checked by your auto technician ASAP… you don’t want to drive anywhere with dodgy brakes.

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top 10 car care tips and tricks - light 4Battery Charge Warning Light

Your battery charge warning light should illuminate when you first turn your car on, but if it doesn’t go out a few seconds after the engine starts, there could be a problem with your car’s electrical system.

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top 10 car care tips and tricks - light 5Airbag Warning Light

This warning indicates an airbag in your vehicle is malfunctioning. Although you may think you can get away with leaving this a while you never know when you will need your airbag to deploy. I’m sure you also don’t want the airbag to deploy unexpectedly while you’re driving along… it may cause a crash.

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top 10 car care tips and tricks - light 6Tyre Pressure Monitor Warning Light

If this warning light comes on you may have a puncture in your tyre setting off the tyre pressure monitor. Pull over and take a look at all your tyres to make sure.

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top 10 car care tips and tricks - light 7DPF / Diesel Particulate Filter Warning Light

Most modern diesel vehicles are fitted with a diesel particulate filter, which removes harmful soot from the exhaust gases to reduce emissions.

top 10 car care tips and tricks - light 8If this is faulty it’ll trigger a warning light and could not only mean you’re releasing a toxic cloud of black smoke every time you press the accelerator, but that you could be causing damage to your engine. Get this checked out straight away as DPFs can become blocked and can be expensive to replace.

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top 10 car care tips and tricks - light 9Oil Warning Light

Your oil warning light may flash up if your oil temperature gets too high, the level is low or oil pressure too low. It’s the latter two you want to avoid at all costs.

Oil is what lubricates your engine, with the oil pump used to spray the fluid to all corners of your engine. If temperatures get too high, or even worse, level is low or oil pressure drops, the effectiveness of the lubrication can be reduced or lost all together.

The result? Expensive engine damage, so if you see this warning sign, stop and phone a professional right away.

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Warning light woes:

It could be something as minor as a faulty sensor or a broken wire, or it could be something more serious that, if left unchecked, will cause lasting and expensive damage to your vehicle.

Regular servicing and maintenance can help protect your vehicle from firing off a fault, so keep a close eye on your car and its warning lights to save you money and avoid those expensive garage bills. Phone (07) 5456 4859 to book your next vehicle service with SVS Autocare.

Car Service Tips: Your Roadworthy Requirements Checklist

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checklist

Even the most modern vehicles will require servicing from time to time. Normal issues can include flat tyres, malfunctioning brake lights, a worn-out transmission or cracks in the windscreen. Making certain that a vehicle is roadworthy is another important variable. Let us take a look at some of the areas which a quality repair centre will address. This checklist can come in handy to make certain that your car is “up to speed” before a roadworthy certification is granted. Read more “Car Service Tips: Your Roadworthy Requirements Checklist”

The Right Way to Care for Your Auto Air Conditioning in the Winter

air conditioning
air conditioning

As winter approaches, you’re probably starting to use your car’s air conditioning system less and less. Pretty soon, you may cease to use it altogether. Most car owners believe that they can forget about their AC system until the warm weather comes around again, but this kind of thinking could cause an AC system to decline to the point needing the services of a good Sunshine Coast mechanics. Here are some simple ways to ensure that your AC system will still be in tiptop condition once the cold season is over. Read more “The Right Way to Care for Your Auto Air Conditioning in the Winter”

Typical Car Air Conditioning (AC) Problems Avoided with Proper Maintenance

Typical Car Air Conditioning (AC) Problems Avoided with Proper Maintenance
Typical Car Air Conditioning (AC) Problems Avoided with Proper Maintenance

A functioning air conditioning system in your car is a must-have, especially for those scorching hot summer days. Regular maintenance of your vehicle should guarantee that. There are so many things that could go wrong with the AC system and that’s why it should get the attention it deserves. You may constantly worry about leaving your luxury car in the hands of some mechanics or may not like dealership services. The good news is that there is a maintenance service centre on the Sunshine Coast, such as SVS Autocare, that is perfect for your luxury car.

Read more “Typical Car Air Conditioning (AC) Problems Avoided with Proper Maintenance”

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