Tips & Advice

Things to know about log book servicing

Did you know?

The most important thing you can do to keep your car or commercial vehicle running for a long time is to preform preventative maintenance and changing your oil on schedule?”

With a full service oil change your other fluids are checked and topped up so you won’t run into problems with low fluids. Our technician may also see developing problems and remind you of any other recommended maintenance

Preventative Maintenance

A service at Waverley Exhaust and Brake Service sounds simple but there are some pretty important things to know about preventing oil sludge.

Oil eventually starts to turn into a jelly (Petroleum jelly). This sludge clogs up oil passages and keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine causing parts to wear out prematurely. And this often means expensive engine repairs.

That’s why you need to change the oil and filter when recommended – to get the old oil out before it turns to sludge. Car manufacturers tell you how many kilometers you can travel-between oil changes and the number of months between oil changes as well. That’s because the detergents and other additives in the oil break down over time.

Your owner’s manual will have a recommendation for time and mileage, but you need to remember that it’s based on using the recommended weight of oil. And if your vehicle came from the factory with synthetic oil, the recommended intervals assume you continue to use synthetic.

Also how you drive around Notting Hill, Waverley and Monash can have a big effect. Most owners’ manuals will have a list of driving conditions that are harder on your vehicle. Things like stop start driving, short trips, driving in very hot or extremely cold weather, heavy loads, towing and high speed highway driving. If some of your driving fits this list you may need to change your oil and do other maintenance at shorter intervals.

If this sounds a little complicated, talk to Colin or Chris about your driving habits and get their recommendation for when to service your vehicle.

Making Your Vehicle Last With Regular Maintenance Services in Notting Hill, Waverley and Clayton

A lot of people in Notting Hill, Waverley and Clayton have older vehicles. They’re good computers for errands, grocery shopping or picking up the kids. People enjoy the fact that they’re paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly keep their vehicles for 300,000km or more – as long as it’s economical to do so.

There are plenty of people in Monash and Wheelers Hill whose vehicles are running after 250,000 or 300,000km, we can learn from what they’re doing to keep our own cars on the road.

A common practice is that they never skip a service or oil change. That may sound a bit unsophisticated, but it’s really not. You see oil is the blood of your engine and it needs to be clean to properly lubricate. Skipping oil changes leads to clogged filters and sludge that can damage your engine.

There’s another reason why scheduled services is so important -It’s simple really. Waverley Exhaust and Brake technicians are going to be looking over your car. All your fluid levels will be inspected and topped up so they won’t get so low that damage can be done. If there is significant fluid loss our qualified technicians will look for the cause of the loss and find the problem before it leads to a costly repair.

Waverley’s Exhaust and Brake technicians will also visually inspect your vehicle for worn belts, hoses, uneven tyre wear, leaking shockers and more. Problems get addressed before they lead to repairs that cost more than the car’s worth. Colin and Chris will also remind you of other services the manufacturer recommends you get done.

Of course good maintenance costs money, but it’s a whole lot cheaper than new car payments.

Severe Service Maintenance Services for Notting Hill, Waverley and Clayton Owners

Some of our customers at Notting Hill, Waverley and Clayton are surprised to learn that there are actually two service schedules for their vehicles. One is the regular schedule and the other is for severe service conditions.

Let’s look at what the manufactures say constitutes severe driving conditions.

  • Most of your trips are around 10 km (around Notting Hill, Waverley, Clayton, etc.)
  • The engine is at low speed most of the time – not on the highway
  • You operate your vehicle in dusty areas
  • You regularly tow a trailer, carry heavy loads or have a car top carrier
  • Stop and start driving
  • Driving in very hot or extremely cold weather conditions
  • Prolonged high speed highway driving

So you can see that it has a lot to do with how you drive. Some areas of the country will be more or less severe than here in Notting Hill.

For many, normal driving includes elements of severe service driving. If your regular oil change is 20,000 km and the severe service is 10,000 when should you change your oil? For some it’s closer to 20,000 km. For others its closer to 10,000 km. Colin and Chris will be happy to help you sort it out.

If you drive where the air is dusty or polluted, fluids will become contaminated and filters will get dirtier more quickly You’ve made the commitment to take care of your vehicles, so it makes sense to follow the right schedule

Log Book Servicing

Something your dealer probably didn’t mention about your new car is that you don’t need to have your new car serviced by your dealer to maintain your statutory warranty. Here are the facts about your new car’s statutory warranty.

New Car Warranty Service

Waverley Exhaust and Brake centre is fully qualified to service your new car and maintain your log book schedule whilst the car is within the warranty period.

Changes to consumer laws in 2010 further confirmed that car owners have the right to choose their own qualified mechanic to have a new car serviced.

If you’re concerned about preserving your statutory rights to a new car’s warranty, but also want to obtain expert service at competitive rates, Waverley Exhaust and Brake centre can help.

When it comes to reliable log book service, here are a few reasons why you can trust Waverley Exhaust and Brake Centre.

1. V.A.C.C. “A Grade” Technicians Waverley Exhaust and Brake Centre is a V.A.C.C. “A Grade” automotive repairer which means we use the latest diagnostic techniques that are specifically designed for today’s cars.  The V.A.C.C. also provides continual training so our service technicians stay up to date with modern vehicle technology.

2. Quality Parts and Quality Service Only recognised quality manufacturers and genuine parts are used and are covered by our Extended warranty. (See our warranty page for details Link) Our technicians are carefully selected to ensure that only suitably qualified and equipped staff will work on your car.

3. Honesty and Fair Prices At Waverley Exhaust and Brake Centre, we explain all of our work in a straight forward manner and we advise you in advance of any extra work that may be required. other recommended maintenance

4. 65 Point Safety Report Waverley Exhaust and Bake Service mechanics will happily provide a written 65 point safety report whenever your car is serviced. This report is designed to identify any issues with your vehicle that have the potential to become a major safety problem before it impacts on you and your family.

There are many reasons you may want to have a 65 point safety check performed on your car. You might be going away for a long weekend or holiday. This is an easy way to be aware of anything that might go wrong with your car and prevent any disasters, a huge benefit when traveling in remote areas.

You might also want a 65 point safety check performed on your car because it is getting older, as a car ages the potential for something to go wrong increases. A safety check will prevent issues that become expensive to repair in the long run for cars of any age.

Our trained technicians are known for their reliable car servicing. They are fully qualified to advise you on every aspect of car service and repair, across all makes and models of motor vehicles. The 65 point safety report offers you additional peace of mind.

Factory Scheduled Maintenance

If you want your vehicle to have a long and healthy life you have to maintain it on a regular basis.

Battery & Electrical Systems

Many electrical problems stem from loose and corroded battery connections? Battery grime can also cause leaks…

Steering & Suspension

It’s easy to take your suspension system for granted, but normal wear and tear can affect your handling and safety.

Cooling System

Aim for a scheduled change of coolant; cooling system flush & pH balancing of coolant at least every 2 years…

EPA Exhaust Noise Testing

The (EPA) has an enforcement program to minimise the number of noisy vehicles operating on Victorian roads…

Exhaust System Service & Repair

Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths. It’s a dangerous and potentially lethal toxin.

Brake Service & Repair

If you’re hearing unusual sounds when you brake or if your brake pedal is feeling squishy or too hard, have the team at Waverley Exhaust and Brake Centre do a brake inspection for you.

Roadworthy Certificate (RWC) Victoria

In the state of Victoria a roadworthy certificate is generally required when a vehicle is sold or if it is to be registered.

Consumers expect more from their “A-Grade” Auto Repair Shops

According to a recent VACC survey, consumers are looking for a lot more from their local auto repair shop than just ordinary servicing and repairs.

How often should you change your engine oil?

We recommend changing the oil in your vehicle every 10,000 km. Checking and changing the oil is essential to keep today’s engines working smoothly and efficiently.

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