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Are your brakes up to scratch?

This month, we’re all about brakes at SVS Autocare.

They are often something drivers take for granted… until they don’t function correctly.

Many a rear-end collision has occurred due to faulty brakes and it is a component of the car that can be difficult to inspect for yourself. This is why SVS Autocare ensure that every vehicle we service has their brakes thoroughly inspected so we can monitor how thick your brake pads are and recommend replacements as needed.

Of course, things like driving style and the make-up of the compounds in different makes and models of cars means the length of time brake pads last is very subjective, which is why it is also important for you to pay attention whenever you experience

  • Sponginess in the brake pedal
  • Vibration in the brake pedal
  • Squealing, grinding or scraping noises when the brakes are applied.

These are all signs that your brakes need attention and the sooner this is addressed, the safer you and your loved ones will be when travelling in your vehicle.

WIN this February with SVS Autocare

Book your car in for a service with us during the month of February and you will go into a draw for us to cover the costs of the labour for your next service to the value of $194.92.

Visit https://svsautocare.com.au/booking/ to book online, or contact our professional team on the Sunshine Coast on 5456 4859 or in Brisbane on 3891 3300 for a fast and efficient booking over the phone.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

5 Tips to Help You Pass Your Driver’s Licence Test….and remind those of us that have already passed!

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passed drivers test

If you’re preparing to take your driving test you understand the mixed emotions of absolute anticipation, overwhelming excitement, nervous anxiety and even dread that precedes the actual test!

Here’s some tips to help you prepare for your test…. that also serve as a great reminder for those of us that have had their licence for a while!

  1. passed driver's testPractice, Practice, Practice!  Try to get as much ‘in the car’ practice as possible, it really is the best way to build confidence and understand the road rules you have to study. You’ll also get a better understanding of how other road users act towards a vehicle with an ‘L’ plate on display! And you’ll be much better prepared for the test.
  2. Remember the 9 o’clock / 3 o’clock rule! Keep your hands on the wheel!  Another useful suggestion to help you ace a driving test is to keep both of your paws on the steering wheel. Grab hold of the steering wheel at the 9 o’clock / 3 o’clock positions and keep your hands there. This strategy is safe, effective, and it will help put your instructor at ease.
  3. Watch what’s happening in the distance! In both racing and street driving, it’s important to look far ahead of your own vehicle. Keeping an eye on what’s happening in the distance is critical. The sooner you see something, the faster you can react to it and the safer you and your passengers will be.
  4. Be observant!  With your smartphone tucked away, your hands on the wheel and eyes looking ahead, there’s another thing you should be doing! Look what’s going on all around you and check your mirrors often, scan areas along the roadside for children playing or potential cross traffic that could cause issues. Again, the sooner you spot a potential risk the better it is for everyone.
  5. Adjust to a change in weather – the Sunshine Coast is known for its’ beautiful sunny days but watch out when the rain comes! Oil debris that has been absorbed by the road during hot sunny days will rise and coat the tarmac. Traction, the way the car ‘sticks’ to the road, will decrease so this means slowing down, braking sooner, increasing the following distance between you and the vehicle ahead and negotiating corners with great care.

 

 

Good luck on your test and see you on the road soon!

Are the number of keys on your keychain ruining your ignition?

This is one of the most common questions we get asked! Most people today own multiple sets of keys for their vehicles, properties, storage facilities, bottle openers and even small flashlights etc, and instead of placing them on separate keychains they are often placed in one ‘safe’ spot – the keychain holder. It’s the obvious thing to do if you have a tendency to lose keys, but what you may not know is the damage that is being done to your vehicle’s ignition system. A heavy keychain can place significant pressure on the ignition switch and can cause it to fail, which then will not start the vehicle.

What damage does a heavy keychain cause to a car?

When the weight of the keychain hangs, gravity continues to do its work and pull down. The ignition has to handle the weight when the car is at rest, while making turns, riding over bumps and going uphill. All this extra force continues to wear out tumblers in the ignition. A worn tumbler from the weight eventually will no longer be able to engage and turn the ignition lock. Once these internal parts start experiencing problems starting up the vehicle must be serviced for ignition repairs, meaning spending more money.

If the key starts to stick in the ignition and does not initially start the car until the keys are wiggled, these are signs that the ignition is beginning to wear away. Take a look at the key itself, if the key looks old and worn it is recommended to get a replacement key. The key gets worn from the normal use and the excessive weight dangling from the keychain. If the tumblers in the ignition lock are replaced before it fails it will be an easy fix, before complete failure and leaving the car owner stranded.

How heavy does the weight have to be to damage the car’s ignition?

Most car experts believe that nine keys or less will not cause damage. While some will say that weight ignitions are able to withstand up to three pounds of weight while the car is at rest. There is no definite answer, but if the keys feel heavy while in the ignition remove some items from the keychain.

What should go on a car’s keychain?

If possible, remove all other keys from the car’s ignition key and drive with only one key in the ignition switch. Perhaps consider attaching the extra keys with a removable keychain to easily remove all other items before driving.

In our opinion, a keychain should consist of:
• One or two keys (including the ignition key)
• Car alarm remote

Even if the car has keyless transmitters, the car ignition lock is still prone to suffer from excessive weight.

If it’s too late and the ignition is starting to show signs of wear and tear, SVS Autocare are able to help. They know that most car models require special tools to remove the ignition cylinder and interlock system, so in the event that this happens your car can be rescued. Do not let your car get you stranded in the middle of the night. Call the specialists at SVS Autocare and have them replace your worn car keys. Cut down the weight on your keychain and disconnect all other keys from your ignition key to maintain a long lifespan for your car’s ignition system.

Source: Pro Locksmith, San Diego

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The service provided by SVS Autocare is secondary to none. All their staff are friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. They send regular reminders. They pick up our cars from work and drop them back before the end of the day or …

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