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Mechanical Services Toowoomba Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a car service in QLD?

The cost of a car service in Queensland can vary depending on the type of car, the services required and where you go for the service. Generally speaking, a basic car services starts at around $235 for a passenger car or small SUV and $325 for a large SUV or 4WD ute. However, a more comprehensive services on a 4WD can cost up to $400 or more depending on what needs to be done. If you know there are some issues with your vehicle over and above a normal service.

What does a full car service include?

A full car service typically involves an oil change, filter replacements (oil and air), spark plug inspection, fluid top-ups, brake system check, steering and suspension inspection, battery check, tire rotation and pressure check, lights and electronics check, and an examination of the exhaust system. It’s essential to consult the service provider or refer to the vehicle’s manual for specific details as the tasks can vary based on the vehicle’s make, model, and age.

What does a full car service include?

A full car service typically includes changing the engine oil and replacing the oil filter, inspecting and cleaning spark plugs, testing battery life, inspecting all fluid levels, checking brake pads and disks for wear, checking tire pressure and condition, checking suspension and steering components, inspecting drive belts for signs of wear or damage, lubricating moving components such as doors and windows, and more. Depending on your vehicle type and model other checks may be included too.

How do I choose a good car service?

Choosing a good car service requires doing some research. Start by getting recommendations from friends or family, reading online reviews and taking note of customer feedback on the car service provider’s website. Since you are reading this on our website, we invite you to check out our Google Reviews and Facebook page and see what our customers are saying about us. We also have a generous Referral Program where we reward you for recommending us to your friends and family.
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How often should a car be serviced?

The recommended car service interval varies depending on the make and model of your vehicle and how you use it. Generally, it’s best to follow the manufacturer’s recommended schedule for servicing your car, which is usually given in the car’s manual or available online. However, for vehicles that are driven more frequently or under harsher conditions than normal, a shorter service interval may be necessary in order to keep the car running safely and reliably.

Is it worth paying for a car service?

Absolutely! While it may seem like an added expense, having your car serviced regularly can save you money in the long run by preventing more costly repairs later on. Regular servicing will also keep your car running clean and efficiently which helps extend its life. If you want to make sure that your car remains reliable and safe to drive, then paying for a car service is definitely worth it.

How long does an average car service take?

The amount of time required for a car service varies depending on the type of service being performed, but it can typically take anywhere from an hour to several hours. A full service will usually take a couple of hours as several components need to be checked and/or adjusted. In addition, some parts may need replacing or repairs may need to be made, which can add extra time to the service.

Should I empty my car before a service?

Yes, it is a good idea to empty your car out before taking it in for a service. For example if you carry a lot of things in your boot and your spare tyre is located under the floor of the boot, it could take extra time to access and check your spare tyre to make sure it is still properly inflated and in good condition. So, giving our technicians easy access to all parts of your vehicle ensures the technician has plenty of room to move around and access all areas of the car as needed. It also helps to limit distractions, allowing the technician to work quickly and safely.

Does a full service fix everything?

No, a full service does not necessarily fix everything on your car. A full service will cover a wide range of components, typically including the brakes, suspension, exhaust system and oil levels. However, it is important to note that many issues can arise during the service if any larger repairs are required, such as engine or transmission issues.

How do I know if my car needs a full service?

It is best to consult your car’s user manual and speak with a qualified mechanic before deciding if your car needs a full service. Generally, the manufacturer will recommend that the car be serviced at least every 12 months or 10,000 kilometres, whichever comes first. However, different cars and manufacturers may have different service intervals so it is important to check before committing to any repairs.

How can I reduce the cost of my car service?

There are several ways to reduce the cost of a car service. Shopping around for the best price is one way to reduce costs, as different mechanics may offer different rates. Make sure to check that the mechanic in question is still using high quality oils and spare parts. If you are handy with tools, doing regular maintenance at home can also help reduce the cost of servicing, as this can help prevent larger repairs from being needed in the future. Additionally, opting for certain basic services like an oil change or tyre rotation instead of a full service can also save you money in the short term. However, make sure you check the owner’s manual and service manual so your vehicle gets the right service at the right time.

What is the most popular car service?

The most popular car service is the standard Logbook Service which is what cars would need in most circumstances. Once a vehicle gets a few more KMs on the odometer larger services are required. Larger services are generally only required every 50 – 60,000 KM depending on what vehicle you own.

How long can a car last without servicing?

The length of time a car can last without servicing will depend on the type and condition of the car, as well as how it is driven. However, regular servicing ensures your car runs efficiently and prolongs its life. Without regular servicing, the components and parts of your vehicle could break down more quickly due to wear and tear, leading to costly repairs or breakdowns. Therefore, it’s best to keep up with regular service intervals in order to ensure your car runs safely and reliably for as long as possible. We have seen vehicle that have just been driven without any maintenance for 40,000 kms and at that stage the vehicle needed a new engine or at least a replacement engine. At that point it was not viable to repair the original engine. Don’t ever let it get to that point! Servicing your vehicle every 10,000 kms in that time span is a lot cheaper than replacing the engine.

Can you drive without having a service?

Technically, you can drive your car without having it serviced, but it is not advisable and it will lead to a huge repair bill when the car eventually breaks down. Getting your vehicle serviced is a lot cheaper than replacing the engine. Driving around without getting it serviced is short term thinking which leads to long term headaches and wallet pain.

What happens if I don't service my car?

As mentioned in the previous answer, if you don’t service your car on a regular basis, it can cause long-term damage to the engine and other parts. Failing to service your car regularly can also cause it to break down more often and reduce its lifespan significantly over time. Regular servicing is essential in order to maintain the performance of your vehicle, keep it running efficiently, and save money on costly repairs in the future.

Is it illegal to drive without a service?

No, it is not illegal to drive without a service. As long as your vehicle is Roadworthy, you can drive it until it eventually breaks down. Chances are it wouldn’t be Roadworthy just before it breaks down, though. However, it is not advisable as regular servicing helps keep your car in good condition and another question is, do you really want to risk it?

How many Km before car service?

Most car manufacturers recommend that you have your car serviced every 12 months or every 10,000 km, whichever comes first. However, this can vary depending on the type of car you drive and the conditions in which you drive it. Therefore, it’s best to consult your owner’s manual for specific service requirements for your make and model of vehicle. Yes, we are aware of car manufacturers who recommend 15,000 between each service and they provide a manufacturer’s warranty for 5 – 10 years these days. We respect the manufacturer for providing and backing these type of service intervals which is okay when the vehicle is new and with relatively small amount of KMs on the odometer. However, if you plan to hang on to your vehicle beyond 150,000 kms, we strongly recommend to decrease the service interval to a max of 10,000 Kms, simply due to carbon build up on internal engine components as the vehicle get older.

Is there anything I can do to help keep my petrol engine clean?

Yes absolutely, we recommend using a very powerful aerosol upper cylinder cleaner in The Three Bond Range which you spray into the intake of your engine to clean the throttle body. It will also aid with the prevention and removal of carbon deposits. Carbon build up inside your engine can cause significant loss of power, but if you keep it clean you will maintain it normal power output and fuel economy.

With all these new emission laws in place and EGR fitted, is there something I can do to help keep my modern diesel engine clean?

Yes absolutely, with modern diesel engine this is very important to prevent extensive carbon build up. The diesel version is pretty similar to the petrol version, but the diesel version has some different properties to combat carbon and sod build up inside the diesel engine. This product you also you spray into the intake of your engine to clean the throttle body and intake manifold. It will also aid with the prevention and removal of carbon deposits. Carbon and sod build up inside your modern diesel engine fitted with EGR can cause significant loss of power, but if you keep it clean you will maintain its normal power output and fuel economy. Can also highly recommend fitting an Oil Catch Can which prevent and the oily gummy vapor getting into your throttle body and intercooler in the first place.