Tips & Advice
Factory Scheduled Maintenance
If you want to live a long life – you routinely go to the doctor’s office do what they recommend and with a little luck you will have a long life. The same holds true for your vehicle. This is what we call Preventative Maintenance. If you want your vehicle to have a long and healthy life you have to maintain it on a regular basis.
Recommended Maintenance Schedule
Maintaining your vehicle when it’s new is easy; but when it’s out of warranty. Our Recommended Maintenance Schedule in conjunction with the Scheduled Maintenance Services from your manufacturer will help you continue maintaining your vehicle to get the most out of your ride.
Cabin Filter Replacement
There are many harmful contaminants in and around your vehicle every day. Most newer vehicles have a Cabin Filter that filters these contaminants in the air you breathe when in your vehicle. Make sure you replace this filter as recommended by the manufacturer, normally once a year.
Fluid Exchange Services
“Sure I take care of my vehicle, I change my oil regularly”. Sound familiar? Your oil is not the only fluid you should maintain or change. There are many systems that need lubricating. Your manufacturer’s Recommended Maintenance Schedule helps advise you on when to maintain or change these fluids.
Fuel System Services
We are dedicated to making your vehicle last longer and perform better. By removing engine deposits in combustion chambers, intake manifolds, ports and on valves, we will restore flow in fuel injectors while cleaning your entire fuel system while preventing deposits from forming in the fuel system and upper engine for maximum drivability and fuel economy. This improved fuel economy will reduce exhaust emissions. Our Fuel System Service will restore that “like new” drivability to an engine’s performance and keeps it running better, longer and more efficiently.
Factory Schedule Maintenance Guide
The factory maintenance guide that’s created by the car manufacturer every year is model specific and should be used as a minimum guide for routine maintenance. Not all vehicle models require the same schedule so it’s important to use the specific manual for the specific year and model. Not maintaining a vehicle by specific factory minimum standards could result in denied warranty repairs.
Car Scheduled Maintenance Intervals
Every schedule will list explicit maintenance procedures that should be performed at a certain mileage or time interval, whichever comes first. If an interval states that an oil and filter change needs to be performed at 5,000 miles or 6 months, it means whichever comes first, the 5,000 miles or the elapsed time of 6 months.
As an example if the vehicle has 3,000 miles since the last maintenance visit but it’s been over 6 months, the next service should be performed.
To help the car owner keep track of their scheduled maintenance, Automotive Specialty Services will place a sticker in the inside upper left corner of the windshield that lists when the next service should be performed. Most factory schedule booklets also provide an area where the car owner can record each service performed.
Normal or Severe Duty Vehicle Operation
Many factory maintenance schedules will have two separate mileage and/or time intervals, one for normal operation and one for severe duty operation. Normal operation means the car owner drives at consistent highway speeds more often than stop and go city driving. Severe duty operations can include a vehicle that’s
- operated in consistent stop and go traffic
- consistently operated at an idle
- operated in dusty areas
- operated in extremely hot ambient temperatures
- towing a trailer
The main focus of a 65 point safety check
There is an extended list of everything that is covered in a 65 point safety check further below but here is a breakdown of some of the major focuses and reasons for them.
New and different driving conditions If you are going on a holiday you will be encountering new and different driving conditions. Open roads, bumpy, winding and dirt roads, towing trailers, boats or vans, overtaking, sudden swerving or braking to avoid wildlife, weather and unfamiliar road conditions are all factors you and your vehicle aren’t used to. An expert check will ensure your vehicle is safe and ready for these unknown conditions.
Ensure your brakes, suspension and fluid levels are all in order before you leave on a road trip of any kind.
Good brakes save lives Higher speed limits, wildlife on the road, heavier loads and towing, are all factors which make the stopping distance and reliability of your brakes even more important than normal. The Repco Authorised Service 65 point safety check includes a review of your brake fluid, master cylinder, brake booster, pipes and connections, front and back discs and pads, callipers and cylinders and more. It will identify areas of concern you may wish to deal with or at least be aware of.
Dehydrated cars break down The fluids in your vehicle keep it running but there are so many to keep track of. Fluid levels should be checked regularly but with the busy periods in the lead up to holidays it is often the last thing we think to do.
If you have a 65 point safety check we can do it all for you! Engine oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, engine coolant, brake fluid, clutch fluid, even battery water levels.
Suspension and steering are just as important as good brakes The suspension system includes struts, shocks, springs and tyres. All these components work together to keep your vehicle in proper contact with the road, maintaining direction and reducing stopping distance. A Repco 65 point safety check will highlight any issues with your suspension system as the check includes; Front and rear shocks, springs, mounts and shackles, suspension brushes and arms, steering rods, CV joints, tie rods and more.
Good visibility is essential Country driving equals dust and dark nights, something you don’t experience much of on the school or work run. Make sure your headlight angles are right and your wipers are in perfect working order with our 65 point safety check
Manufacturer’s Handbook Service
At Waverley Exhaust, we’re passionate about Vehicle Safety and as specialists we know the importance of regular, preventative maintenance
10 reasons how regular servicing can save you in the long run:
- Extends engine life and performance
- Helps reduce fuel consumption
- Avoids unnecessary wear through lubrication of moving parts
- Helps prevent costly break downs
- For safety, brakes need regular inspection
- Reduces the potential for damage and failure of major components
- Checks the road worthiness of lights and other controls
- Regular check of tyre pressures and condition helps to reduce excessive wear and avoid premature failure
- Reduces the risk of accident through regular inspection of critical safety items
- Improves the resale value of your car with documented, regular service history
Engine Diagnostics Tips
Schedule a complete Engine Diagnostics (Professional Maintenance) check every 6 months or 10,000km.
The diagnostics of today’s car’s engine are very complicated and there’s really nothing that tells you when things are going wrong.
Most cars have a Check Engine light that turns on, but unfortunately the light doesn’t indicate exactly what the problem is.
The only way to find out is to have your mechanic run an engine diagnostics test on your vehicle.
There are several reasons to have a full diagnostics test run on your car.
With today’s vehicles being mostly run by computers, if anything does goes wrong an indicator light will turn on. You need to bring the vehicle to us when the light comes on.
You need to make sure you have a qualified technician that you know and trust because he will be the one, who will help keep your car running smoothly for a long time.
For most new cars it is necessary to have state of the art diagnostic equipment and trained technicians to decipher the root cause of your car engine’s issues.
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