Brakes and Disc Rotors
When it comes to regular car maintenance needs, replacing brake pads and brake disc rotors will be some of your biggest expenses over time. Because your brake pads and disc rotors are responsible for slowing down and stopping your car, they are used frequently and can wear easily depending on how you drive.
Over the years the braking systems in cars have come a long way, and modern brake systems are very complex machinery - able to stop efficiently and easily, even under the most extreme conditions. This means that you have the peace of mind of knowing your brakes are going to work effectively to protect you and your passengers, but they do cost a bit more because they wear more easily than conventional brakes.
Previously, braking systems contained asbestos in the brake pads, but this material is no longer used for obvious reasons. As a result, the material that is used in today’s brake pads is softer and will wear more easily than its asbestos counterpart. This can often be a costly exercise, depending on the car, with replacement brake pads and rotors sometimes needing to be done as early as 20,000 kilometres which could be up to $2000 or more.
When we think about the job that our brake system does to keep us safe and consider the high speeds that we travel on our highways today, it is no wonder that stopping from these speeds can put a strain on our braking system over time.
If you find that you are spending a lot on repair and replacement of braking system components you may consider ways of preserving your brakes for longer, which will also reduce how quickly you wear out your car tyres. Slowing down the wear on brake systems and tyres can be done easily with a little know-how. Our experts have a wealth of information for overcoming many of the issues for modern day motorists, so give us a call and talk to one of our experts for more information on 07 3249 5277.
Manufacture Service Requirements For Your Vehicle
When you get into a modern car the first thing you will notice is that it feels somewhat like a space ship which is almost true, except that modern cars do not fly – yet.
Modern vehicles are manufactured with the latest technology which is what gives it that smooth spaceship feel when you drive it, but also means that service and maintenance is a complex process. Each part of the process has to be done to exact standards, as set out by the manufacturer. Something as simple as even putting the wrong fluid in the engine, automatic transmission or differential, can cause damage to the vehicle, putting your warranty at risk.
As you would imagine, you would not put a vehicle with this technology into the hands of a mechanic that is not well trained in how to look after its needs exactly as required. It is for this reason that all of the Qualified Automotive Technicians and Apprentices that we employ have chosen to work with specific brands and become experts in that brand. They work to maintain their training and qualifications for these brands as specified by the manufacturer for maintenance of these highly technical machines, and are experts in their chosen field.
During the process of maintaining these vehicles the technician often needs to connect your vehicle to an international service system to update specific aspects of the complex computer system, as intended by the manufacturer. Because of their specialised training it is for this reason that we have specific, qualified technicians working on the brand of their own area of expertise. It is for this reason that we do not have much faith in an aftermarket service centre being able to provide the level of maintenance that many modern cars require.
If you have any questions about vehicle maintenance or want to talk to one of our experts on this or any other subject, please give us a call on 07 3249 5277.
Air Conditioning Service
Servicing the air conditioning system in your vehicle is another maintenance requirement that needs to be done properly so a home mechanic will not be able to do it as it needs to be done.
Your car air conditioning system usually contains around 550 grams of gas, which is what allows it to maintain the temperature you choose to have in your vehicle. This process involves air flowing into the air conditioning system, through the evaporating system and into the cabin of your car. The gas in the evaporator is what helps the system to cool the air but over time the amount of gas in the system ‘wears out’, and does not cool the air as well as it could.
When you start to notice that your air conditioner is not working as well as it used to do, this means that you will need to have it serviced with fresh gas. The process for doing this involves completely removing the existing gas and replacing it with the correct weight of new or reprocessed gas.
Some non-reputable workshops have been found to cut corners by simply topping up your gas without evacuating the old gas, cleaning and replacing it. The gas that is evacuated needs to be disposed of correctly too, which they often do not do, which is not environmentally responsible. To have your air conditioner serviced properly, ensure that you use a government accredited workshop with licensed air conditioning experts on staff, as we do at Bartons Hyundai.
Changing Air Filters and Fuel Filters
If you choose to change your air filters and fuel filters yourself, you will need to know what specific type of filter is needed. We recommend using genuine Hyundai products to protect your new car warranty, and these can be bought through our online EBay store or our spare parts department which can be reached by phoning 07 3249 5266. To know the specific part for your model of car you will need the 16 digit VIN number which is located on the registration label or in your engine.
Changing your air filter is relatively simple to do. First locate the air filter holder, undo the clips (or screws) and open it. If there are screws, make sure you put them in a safe place such as stuck onto a piece of sticky tape or in a container as you won’t want to lose them.
Once you have taken the air filter cover off you can remove the air filter and check inside it to see whether it needs to be cleaned or replaced. Filters usually need to be replaced every 12 months. If you intend to use the same one use a high pressure air hose to blow out any dust or dirt from the filter – working around from the inside out, before replacing it back into the air filter holder. If replacing it with a new one put the new filter in place and reattach the cover.
Replacing the fuel filter is a more complex job, and you will need to be in a well ventilated area and have your wits about you. Before you start, make sure that you have the correct tools and that the engine has cooled down otherwise spillages could cause a fire hazard. To ensure that you have the correct tools, make sure you do a bit of research because every fuel filter is different. Another thing to consider is that modern fuel systems run at very high fuel pressures so care needs to be taken when performing this maintenance work, so it is best to leave it to the experts at Bartons if you are not confident.
Pollen Filter Replacement
As with the other filter replacements, you will need to know your VIN number so you ensure that you have the correctly fitting part specific to your vehicle. Our parts team at Bartons can source this for you by calling them on 07 3249 5266.
The pollen filter cartridge is usually located under the dash, on the left hand side near the inlet side of the blower box. As with the air filter, you will need to open the casing, remove and replace the old filter, and reattach the clamps or screws. Replacing the pollen filter is a fairly simple procedure but if you are not confident to do it yourself the experts at Bartons can do it for you, so give us a call today.
Tyre Pressures, Wheel Alignment, Rotate and Balance, Tyre Replacement
Having the right tyre pressure in your tyres is an important safety concern, as well as getting more life out of your tyres, which is why all vehicles usually have this information available on or near the driver’s door. The tyre pressure of all tyres (including the spare) should be checked regularly and we suggest once a fortnight. Variations such as having more passengers in your car or extra luggage in your boot will need to be accounted for by adjusting your tyre pressure. Figures for variations are usually on the same sticker where you find your regular tyre pressure.
One way to remember to check your tyre pressure is to do it every second time you fuel up, and at the same time inspect each tyre by running your hand over the tread. While inspecting the tyres you are looking for uneven wear or feathering. If the surface is uneven or has any areas of concern it could indicate that you need a wheel alignment check, or a rotate and balance of the tyres. If left for too long without the appropriate adjustments to your wheels you could find yourself spending a lot of money on tyres, unnecessarily.
If your tyres are very worn you will need to replace them before getting a wheel alignment, rotate and balance, but because you got the problem fixed they should stop wearing unevenly. If you are ever unsure about what is going on with your tyres or your car head over to Bartons and have a chat with one of our experts as we can provide free advice and possibly get you a good deal on new tyres for your car.
In the workshop, balancing a wheel and tyre involves removing the wheel from the car, which is done quickly with a rattle gun. Each wheel is put on a balancing device and spun to the correct speed which indicates to the technician where the weights need to be. The technician attaches the correct weight to bring the wheel into balance and then replaces it back on the vehicle using the rattle gun to ensure that the wheel nuts are tight enough.