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.

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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Bosch Car Service

Bosch Car Service

Melbourne Bosch Car Service

Checking your car before you leave for a long trip or holiday

Remembering that when you go on holiday your vehicle is unusually heavily loaded and will have to cope with faster speeds, perhaps hotter weather and if you do have a problem a repair garage or call out can be some distance off and costly.
So here are a few pointers to check before setting off for your dream break.

• Oil, check your oil and top up if necessary
• Your windscreen is going to get dirty with insects and other dirt, make sure your screen wash is topped up and working.
• What if you get a punctured tyre? Make sure your spare is in good condition and make sure its fully inflated. Check your jack is working and your spanner and other tools are in place.
• Going somewhere hot? You will need auto air conditioning to be in good working order and Monteltham Auto Electrics specialise in Car Air Conditioning servicing.
• In case of personal accident it’s a good idea to make sure you have a small First Aid kit in the car.
• Check your tyre pressure for a loaded car as it will be slightly higher than normal, this information can usually be found in the rim of the driver’s door frame or in the manual.

Having your tyres inflated to a higher pressure will help cope with the heavier load and will save on fuel.
Loading your car and the best way to arrange your luggage.In parts of England they have this saying “Ship shape and Bristol fashion which came from the old sailing ship days when if it wasn’t lashed down you would loose it in the next storm. The same precautions need to be made when packing a car for any distance travel, as any emergency breaking could cause any loose items to fly through the interior of your car at the same pre-breaking speed of your car, not good!

Have heavy items packed at the bottom. Do not have any items sitting on levels higher than the front seat head rests. If you can lash the luggage down all the better. Make sure the driver can see properly and is not obstructed by any internal packing.

Roof rack luggage and things to consider

Auto Electrics MelbourneIf you have a roof rack it will always be handy to maximise the internal space for the passenger’s but there are several things that will make your journey safer. Never overload the car and it’s easy to do, our advice is to load the lightest luggage on the roof rack and make sure it is well tied down and secured.
It is a good idea to check all your ropes and lashings every now and again during your trip as these can easily become loosened during the trip.

We provide top quality service for your car

We are Bosch Car Service agents which provide you with top quality spares that will not let you down.
We service cars throughout the Melbourne area and based in Briar Hill we are close to the surrounding areas, Eltham, Greensborough Diamond Creek. We have the latest auto technology and expertise and service all makes and models. Repairs and car servicing is thorough and professional.
We can look after any of your four wheel drive needs and can advise on off road requirements.

• Outstanding car service.
• Advice, repair or service work
• Famous Bosch expertise
• Latest automotive technology
• Auto maintenance and repair.
• Auto Air Conditioning servicing and installation
• Dual battery experts
• Four wheel drive servicing and repairs
• Off road guidance and advice
• Providing local car servicing and repairs to Eltham, Briar Hill, Diamond Creek, car servicing in Greensborough, Bundoora, Watsonia, Mill Park, Plenty, Macleod, Montmorency,, Monsalvat, Templestowe, Ivanhoe, Heidelberg

Car Air Conditioning

Car Air Conditioning

Car air conditioning maintenance and repair.

Lets face it Melbourne can get extremely hot in the summer with several 40° days expected and with this kind of climate you have to have effective air conditioning for your car or find it very uncomfortable driving around city. If you have car air-conditioning installed there are a few things to consider regarding your car air con maintenance. Car conditions contain a gas which on average is depleted by 10% every year and as it loses the gas, it will stop effectively producing as much cold air.

Re-gassing a cars air conditioning unit is not a big deal and does not take long but it is one of those things that we can check very quickly. We can carry out checks for leaks dirty receiver dryer is, we can check the system pressures and there is also a drive belt on the compressor that we can adjust. The whole thing can be done within the hour and may save you a lot of discomfort in the hot months to come. Why don’t you give us a ring today to book an appointment for a checkup. Auto air-conditioning is an area we excel in and we will be only too glad to give you peace of mind with your car cooling system.