LED Auto Electric Accessories

LED Auto Electric Accessories

LED Autolamps

We provide quality automotive aftermarket lighting

Our TIR optics range which stands for “Total internal reflection” has great optical design and the injection-moulded plastic polymers is shaped into a refractive lens inside a reflector.

The LEDs, include a clever feature which precisely focuses each LED and so provides minimal glare and stray light to the final beam, which is great for any oncoming traffic.

The eliminate scattered light loss is only half the story because the cost is also greatly reduced.

The TIR7 LED

Total Internal Reflection

7” (189mm x 175mm x 65mm)

TIR9, a larger 9” version (244mm x 228mm x 73mm),

Powerful directed lighting for greater safety and visibility. This means better value!

When you are driving in tough off-road environments you need equipment that is designed to withstand the rigours and these lamps fit the bill as they are housed in die-cast aluminium for the best strength and also boast an adjustable strong painted 4mm stainless steel mounting bracket.  The bolts and fittings are also stainless steel.

 

Additionally included are rubber dampers which for obvious reasons prevent the worst of the vibrations. As for testing they have been tested and passed the IP68 water and dust ingress requirements They have also been thermally tested to -50°c to +75°c which means either hot or cold environments are going to be no problem!

In the TIR7 we use 32 high powered 5-watt Osram LEDs which has a total output of 160 Watts giving you 25200 Raw Lumens.

TIR9, the larger of the two has 37, 5-Watt Osram LEDs at 185 total watts giving you 27800 Raw Lumens.

Inbuilt park light function

  • PMMA TIR lens material
  • Clean white light – 6500k
  • Safe driving vision.
  • Voltage range of 9-32 Volts
  • The current draw of 9.2 Amps for the 7” and 12.0 Amps for the 9”.

LED Autolamps provides a harness wiring kit which is easy to fit including yellow, blue and clear polycarbonate protective covers as accessories.

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LED's for Autos

Smart Start Interlock Service

Smart Start Interlock Service

Smart Start Interlock

Smart Start Interlock is a  company that provides services and technical devices that are installed in the car, that prevent intoxicated people from driving the  vehicle. Here at Monteltham Auto Electric we install, service and look after the ignition interlock devices.

Accredited Interlock installer

Monteltham Auto Electric is an accredited Interlock installer and we have been approved by the State Government. These devices can only legally be installed, removed or monitored by approved and accredited installers. Monteltham Auto Electric is an accredited Interlock installer and we have been approved by the State Government. These devices are only legally installed, removed or monitored by approved and accredited installers.

These Interlock devices basically prevent the engine being started without going through and passing the breath test, the device will also initiate random tests from time to time requiring you to pass the test. If you fail to take the test this is recorded and will be considered a violation. Random tests can be requested any time the engine is running.

Smart Start Interlock Servicing

The program also schedules a regular service for the device installation. There is a service window of 2 weeks, a week each side of the schedule date. Missing this window will prevent you from operating your vehicle. There is also a fee for remote unlocking. Book your service early with us, we will be happy to accomodate you.

The service involves calibration and checking that the device is operating as it should. The calibration is a routine download required by the state, and a technician downloads your test results from the Ignition Interlock Device, uploading them to the report that we send to your monitoring authority.

How does a SmartStart Interlock work?

What is an interlock device? How does it work. Basically, you blow into the mouthpiece which measures the amount of alcohol in your blood and as long as it is below a certain level, you can start and drive your car. How do we know it’s accurate?

The Smart Start  ignition interlock devices use ethanol-specific fuel cells to detect alcohol. This ethanol-specific fuel cell turns  alcohol into an electric current, even very small amounts of alcohol will produce an electrical charge. No alcohol present, then no electrical current. If however you have recently been drinking alcohol there will be alcohol in your breath, and, the fuel cell will create a current and is stronger the more alcohol there is in your breath. So there is a direct relationship between the amount of alcohol in your body and the electrical current created in the fuel cell.

As long as the amount is under the limit which is 0.02 BAC the test is passed and the engine is enabled to start. Greater than this threshold and the vehicle will not start.

These Smart Start Interlock devices are similar to the traffic police and the devices they use to test a driver, they are state-of-the-art and accredited by both European and Australian standards.

If you want more information on the Smart Start Interlock system please get in touch. We will be happy to help you. Don’t forget we provide a full vehicle service for all rangers of vehicles including petrol, diesel and 4 wheel drive vehicles. We are expert auto electricians servicing all of Melbourne and based in Montmorency, not far from Eltham and Greensborough.

We also provide a wide range of car spares including batteries, LED’s, solar systems and other camping and off road essentials.

Smart Start Interlock Servicing Melbourne

Car Servicing in Melbourne

Car Servicing in Melbourne

Melbourne best car service

How important is your car to you in getting around the urban sprawl of Melbourne? Depending who you are the replies will vary but the chance is high that the answer will be very important for as good as the public transport system is here in Melbourne it still does not make getting around as easy and convenient as your car. So, it is common sense to look after your vehicle with regular servicing and maintenance based on your recommended maintenance period or kilometres driven between the last service. 

In the long run, regular car servicing and maintenance will save you a lot of money and keep you safer on the road rather than neglecting. 

The Car Maintenance Basics 

Servicing your car in Greensborough and Eltham

 

 

The basics of car maintenance are, of course, something you can undertake yourself however here at Monteltham Auto Electric we are here to help you with a first-class car service wherever you are in Melbourne. 

Car Manual

A good start with knowing all about your car is the car manual which is usually kept in the cubby or glove box. You can learn a lot by giving it a read. If you don’t have one you can usually find one online to download. Inside the manual, you will find a section which deals with servicing, maintenance, and the time period needed between servicing.

 Checking the car servicing basics

Some of the things you will have to check will be water hoses, belt drives as the fan belt, check the oil levels and colour and the condition of your tyres. What everybody thinks of first when they consider a car service is the oil change. Your engine health depends on the level and condition of your oil. Dirty oil will contain contaminants such as worn metal grains and dirty oil and an abundance of these dirty oil contaminants will cause more of the same, wear out all moving parts, and degrade your engine mechanics. The message here is changing your oil, regularly, check your manual for the period between oil changes. It will usually be measured in months or miles/kilometres between the last service.

 Car Oil

Oil Change – How Often: 3 months or 3,000-5,000 miles or 4828/8046 kilometres. The oil filter will also require replacing. 

Other fluid checks 

On the subject of oil changes, there are other liquids that need to be checked and topped up. Consider other fluids such as brake fluid, radiator fluid, windscreen wiper water and detergent. You may also be able to check transmission fluid which you do by checking the dip disk associated with the transmission. Safety first and remember let the engine cool down before you start opening fluid caps, as radiators, for example, may contain very hot water under pressure. Scalding is possible unless you let the motor cool and open the cap carefully allowing any pressure to escape first. 

Hoses and belts 

Essentially hoses wear out over time and may show bulges or cracks and may be ready for replacement. If you find you engine is overheating it may relate to a split hose and a leaking radiator. Check all your belts, fan belts and the like. You may have heard a car screech when the car is started and the engine turns over. A terrible sound but probably indicates a loose fan belt where undoing a couple of nuts will allow you to tighten up the fan belt tension and cure the terrible screeching sound. 

Windscreen wipers 

Other filters needing replacement is the air filter and should be replaced at least one a year. Check you windscreen wiper blades, you will probably notice them wear down when in a storm they just do not wipe the windscreen free and clear with each wipe leaving distorted lines of water remaining on the screen. Change your wiper blades. 

Car battery
Check your car battery and connections or terminals. The positive and negative connection points can accumulate with white or discoloured deposit. Remove this deposit with a wire brush or with a little water and baking soda. Winters can really drain a car battery, you can check the health with two tools, a multimeter and a battery hydrometer. 

Using a multi-meter, you can find out if the battery has enough charge to run your auto system. A healthy battery will have a multimeter reading of around 12.5 volts. With the headlights on the battery voltage will drop to around 11.5 volts. Using the battery hydrometer, you can check the specific gravity of the battery fluid is between 1.27 and 1.30 

These checks are all possible to do at home with simple tools however there are other systems that require a little more in dedicated system tools to check and optimise complicated systems such as performance engine tuning or air conditioning services. Based in easy reach of Eltham, Greensborough, Templestowe and Diamond Creek, Monteltham Auto Electric is ideally placed to help you with all your auto and car servicing and repair requirements. Even if you want to do it yourself, we will be happy to give you advice, please give us a call and remember we also supply a range of spares include batteries, wiper blades, LED’s and other car electrical parts, bulbs, wiring kits, camping solar panels. 

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Saftey and COVID 19

Saftey and COVID 19

Important Notice regarding COVID-19 and keeping safe

These are concerning times and we want to tell you we are open for business providing, servicing, repairs and parts.

In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we are following the advice provided by the Government Health Department we are taking precautionary steps to minimise risk to everybody, customers and employees. With that in mind, to minimise the risk and spread of the virus via human contact, we now have a handshake-free environment and follow the 1.5-meter physical distancing rule if possible.

 

All showroom and customer reception and waiting areas have been set up with hand sanitiser stations, which we would encourage you to use.

Our premises are being commercially cleaned every day by an external party and we maintain a cleaning program throughout the day in customer and employee areas. Our staff is encouraged to wash their hands regularly.

We clean your vehicle with sanitising solution wipes and/or spray upon entry and after all service and repairs.

Vehicles in our yards are being locked, to restrict access after such cleaning.
We prefer payment by bank transfer or Eftpos to minimise the handling of cash.

 

If you have an upcoming appointment with us and are showing flu-like symptoms, please contact the dealership you have booked with so we can reschedule it for you.
We are committed to providing our employees and customers with a safe and hygienic environment as we continue our high standard of customer service.

We continue to look to the Department of Health for advice and make sure we are taking steps to ensure ongoing safety.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us or call us. Stay safe.

Dual Battery Systems for Cars, 4 by 4’s and Campers

Dual Battery Systems for Cars, 4 by 4’s and Campers

A dual battery system is important for anybody who wants power out in the bush without the possibility of running your main battery flat. For example many campers will have a portable fridge, and keeping the fridge running while the vehicle is parked was  simply drain your main power source very quickly.  a camper may have other power needs such as lights radios another electric utensils, all of which need a reliable power source. This is where a dual battery system is essential.

 Some 4 x 4,s  will have included a space for an extra battery in the engine bay which is usually as strong metal tray designed to carry a heavy battery load. However if this extra space is not included with a few modifications we can make space for the extra battery.

 Basically what you want are the two batteries separated, want to run the car and the other to run your Utilities like your fridge and your mobile telephone and your mobile computer. While your car is driving it would be charging up both batteries. While the car is stopped the two  batteries are separated leaving one battery isolated for the car and the other available to  run your fridge and utilities. An automatic solenoid switching unit is usually used for this purpose and in some circumstances the second battery can be used to jumpstart your car by doing so will override the solenoid. There are disadvantages to the system however and a manual switching method may provide a safer system you can rely on.  The manual system would allow your  2 batteries to be either used to start the vehicle or power your utilities and equipment while at the same time completely isolating the other battery which is not being used. This also avoids the risk of flattening the other battery. The batteries can also be used in parallel which can be used to provide the extra power required to operate a winch for example.

 So  in short there are two isolators you can use, a basic isolator and a smart isolator. The basic isolator is really just a switch, a manual switch which connects the two batteries together and is controlled not by yourself but the ignition of a car the basic purpose is to isolate your starter battery which provides a safe way to use the second battery until it’s flat if necessary. The  trouble is when you start your car the flat and the battery also connects and there may not be enough power to start the vehicle. On the other hand as smart isolator works differently and turns on and off depending on the voltage and will keep the secondary battery isolated until your main starting battery is fully charged.

 Some other considerations with your batteries are the two different kinds of batteries you can purchase. The simple starting battery will provide a high shot of energy to easily start your car where is a deep cycle battery does not have as much instant power but will  last a lot longer and is designed to be used where the battery can be almost flat and recover completely after a good recharge. Of course a normal car battery will not provide this kind of power and you cannot run your battery to very low levels without permanent damage.

 Batteries

 Most cars run on lead acid batteries you find them in most vehicles and they are relatively inexpensive and as the name suggests they are full of acid and should be kept in an upright position.

 Another type of battery is the absorbent glass mat or AGM. The way these batteries are constructed provides a leak-proof method of power supply which means that can be installed and fixed at any angle and inside the cab of necessary. The rate of discharge  slow so they can be left for quite a while without being charged but they are not suitable to start a car but they are good for chatting up your utilities your friends your mobile telephone and your mobile computer.

 A gel cell battery is usually a little more expensive then the AGM batteries. They don’t use liquid acid which has been replaced with a gel acid. You can’t spill the acid and they do not need any maintenance. Again these batteries are not really suitable to start your car but are ideal for all your Utilities.

 There are many variations of dual battery systems and our advice is to speak to one of our technicians to discuss your exact requirements. We can provide advice on which system will provide you with the most efficient service, how to look after your batteries convertible how to get the peace of mind you need before you go on a long trip where you may not have the backup and services to keep you going with your power requirements.

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Servicing a Hybrid Car in Melbourne

Servicing a Hybrid Car in Melbourne

Having a hybrid car means you have two engines in one car and so servicing takes on an extra component, the electric motor and the battery.

Hybrid cars are becoming more and more popular and for good reasons, there is the fact that there is less impact on our environment in the form of CO2 emissions, and ultimately Hybrid Cars are very efficient.

When it comes to servicing hybrid cars, there is not a lot of difference between a regular petrol or diesel auto service. Our qualified mechanics go through a thorough checklist to ensure your car is in tip top condition.

So how does a hybrid car work?
The two engines work in tandem and while the petrol engine is engaged it will be charging up the battery for the electric motor. The brakes also play a part in charging up the battery, so it is a very clever combination in obtaining maximum efficiency from the two principals.

When it comes to servicing the petrol engine require servicing like any other petrol driven vehicle. Whereas the electrical motor does not have the same servicing requirement. In general a hybrid petrol engine does not have to work as hard and a normal petrol engine as it is assisted by the electrical motor. This means that oil changes tend to have longer intervals than normal. Always check your owners manual.

There is also less wear and tear on the breaks pads because of the inbuilt feature of energy generating brakes which convert a lot of the normal friction and wear into battery charging energy. So your brake pads last longer.

In fact most of the electrical components in a hybrid car are designed to be maintenance free.

Good service practice is to check power cords, connections and leads every service.

Servicing a Hybrid Vehicle

Oil recommended for hybrid vehicles is usually of a low weight meaning and more viscose. It is a balance between high lubrication and better fuel economy to those oils usually associated with normal petrol fuelled vehicles. So oils around 0W-20 are recommended. The nature of the hybrid car is of stop and start where the electric takes over from the petrol and vice versa. Under these conditions a lighter oil is conducive to oil flow when the engine starts and reaching the optimal running temperature as quickly as possible.

The Battery
When hybrid cars were first developed they were using nickel-metal hydride batteries but since then they have been replaced by lithium-ion batteries which are smaller and lighter for better efficiency. Hybrid batteries and hybrid spare parts have a warranty of eight years or 160,000 miles. There are many stories of the Toyota Prius being driven over 260,000
km on the original battery. The batteries are lasting up to 10 years in normal circumstances

If your Prius or hybrid is having power issues, this could be an indication that your battery is nearing the end of its life. You can bring your vehicle down to Moneltham Auto Electric and we can diagnose the problem for you.

Your car will be back on the road in no time

So what are the signs that your hybrid battery is dying?
One of the clearest indicators is a drop in KPG. If you are doing less in kilometres per litre of petrol, this could be a sign that the battery is not playing its full part in the powering of the vehicle.

You may also notice that the petrol engine is running more than usual.

There is a state of charge indicator, SOC, if you notice high fluctuations in this indicator there may be battery issues. Of course if you see you battery bars falling for no apparent reason this could also be an indication of a failing battery. What ever the reason we can do a diagnosis in place and fix the problem.

We service hybrid cars not only in our local area of Eltham, Greensborough and Diamon Creek, but throughout the Melbourne area we will be happy to help.

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