Extend the Life of Your Car

Buying a car is not a small investment but an ongoing one. There is always maintenance to be done, repairs to be made and new tyres to be purchased. If you own a car then spending money on it is unavoidable. There are some easy tips you can follow though that will help extend the life of your car and possibly even help you reduce the cost of repairs and maintenance.

Avoid short trips

If you only have to go a short distance then if possible, walk or find an alternative means such as public transport or ride a bike. When cars are driven on short trips the oil in the engine does not get hot enough to get rid of the moisture inside. If this happens repeatedly then the oil in the engine will get thicker and thicker.

Short trips also occur if you have a number of errands to run at a few different places while you are out. If you are unable to avoid driving short trips on a regular basis then consider getting your oil changed by our expert mechanics at Turley Car & Truck more often. If you can avoid the short trips then not only are you doing your car and environment a favour, you are probably doing yourself one if it requires exercise.

Let the engine get warm and ready

Starting up your car and driving straight away can put a little pressure on the engine. While you don’t have to run your car as long in the warm months as you may do in the cold season, letting it run a little first is a good idea.

A good way to time it is to start the car then put on your seatbelt and choose a CD or radio station. This is plenty of time and you don’t want to go overboard and run your car too long for a warm up.

Once you have set off on your trip, avoid revving the engine too high and take it easy for the first couple of kilometres. By doing this while the fluids of your car warm up you are preventing possible damage to the transmission and engine but also creating a more efficient and emission friendly drive.

Drive safely

The importance of driving safely can never be covered enough. Driving appropriately for the weather conditions or time of day, such as peak hours, not only prevents risk of accident and damage to your car; it can also save your life or someone else’s.

For the best services to keep your car running at peak condition, contact Turley Car & Truck today.

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A Lesson in Road Accident Protocol

Regardless of how careful, experienced or skilled we are as drivers, we all risk an accident every time we take our vehicle out onto the road. We may be at fault ourselves, or we could be the innocent victim of another person’s poor driving skills or unfortunate decision-making. Either way we are suddenly in a situation that needs careful handling.

Would You Remember What to do After an Accident?

There are many minor accidents that occur every day, and thanks to the ongoing quest for safety by vehicle manufacturers, people are much more likely to walk away without serious injury than perhaps twenty years ago. However, a road accident, even a minor one, can be quite traumatic and in the immediate aftermath, drivers often forget the simplest protocols they learnt as part of their licensing training.

Steps such as contacting police, exchanging registration, insurance and contact details with the other driver or drivers involved, and taking photos of the damage and location are all things everyone has been told to do. Perhaps a different approach may make it easier to remember the other things that are just as important. Let’s take a look at some things we should NOT do after an accident.

What NOT to do After an Accident

The first one is obvious. Never leave the scene of an accident, and following on from that, don’t get into an argument with the other driver or their passengers. After many years of attending road accidents with our tow trucks, we have seen too many situations where a minor incident has escalated into something ugly and frightening through the worst of some human behaviours. Our tow truck drivers at Turley Car and Truck Pty Ltd are professionals at their job, but they should not be put in a situation where they feel threatened.

Don’t leave your vehicle in the middle of the road if it can be safely moved, especially if it is blocking traffic. In most minor accidents, the vehicle can be pushed off to the side of the road, allowing other vehicles not involved in the incident to continue on their way.

Leave Blame Fixing up to the Authorities

Even if you believe that your mistake caused the accident, you should never admit liability. This is an issue for the insurers. It doesn’t mean telling lies to the police, but simply explaining how the accident happened without making any judgments during the conversation. If any laws have been broken the police will issue tickets and the various insurance companies will sort out the rest.

Finally, don’t transport your vehicle to a repairer without consulting your insurance company. They will have a preferred repairer in your area where their assessor will look at the vehicle and authorise repairs. At Turley Car and Truck Pty Ltd we are authorised towing contractors for a major insurance company, and we are fully licensed and insured to do this type of work. There are some things that should be left to experts.

 

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Keeping An Ear Out For Transmission Issues

If you want to keep a step ahead of any issues that may occur in your car it’s a good idea to keep an eye and an ear out for any signs that something may be going wrong. This could potentially save you money by fending off a bigger problem if something is left unrepaired.

The transmission in your vehicle is vitally important and takes a beating with all the driving around, et cetera, you would do. At Turley Car & Truck we can offer you reliable servicing and competitive prices on any repairs required. If you are interested in knowing some of the signs that there is an issue with your transmission, keep reading.

Gear changes

In manual vehicles you should get things checked out if the car won’t change gears smoothly, or at all. Some resistance when you depress the clutch and go to change gears could be a sign of an adjustment being required, low level of transmission fluid or the fluid not being the correct thickness.

Trust your nose

If you smell a slightly sweet burning smell this could be your transmission fluid. If you smell a burning smell you should get this checked out ASAP.

Excess noise in neutral

We all know that we should consider that there is an issue if the car is making unusual noises during travel, but what about when it’s in neutral? If you are getting noise from the transmission in neutral this could be a sign of parts needing replacement or possibly a fluid replacement.

Not staying in gear

If your car is not staying in gear and slipping out of gear this is a sure sign something is wrong with the transmission.

Leaks

Your car can potentially leak all kinds of fluid onto your driveway, but if you see one that is red and sweet smelling, this is your transmission fluid. Leaving a leak can soon turn into something worse so get it checked.

Warning lights

While the engine warning light on your dash could indicate anything, it could also be a sign of issues with the transmission. If ever a light comes on as a warning in your car it’s best not to ignore it.

Grinding or shaking

Manual and automatic cars will respond differently when there is an issue with the transmission. Manual cars will make a grinding sound when the clutch is engaged and gears are being changed, whereas automatics will tend to ‘shimmy’ or shudder during gear changes.

Whatever signs you get, it’s important you contact us at Turley Car & Truck for a check up. The sooner you do it, the better.

 

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Why is Your Car Vibrating?

If your car is vibrating while you are driving it is probably not only annoying but also a reason for concern. For those who don’t have a clue what it could mean there may be the opportunity for all kinds of worst case scenario ideas to pop into their heads.

One of the worst parts is that sometimes it is not apparent it is happening until it becomes worse and then this could mean that the bill will be heftier. Cars will vibrate for a number of reasons, some of these may be that small repairs or servicing is required and others are bigger more costly jobs.

The important thing to do is to find out the reason as soon as possible. Getting your vehicle serviced by professionals such as Turley Car and Truck will mean that the issue will be sorted in no time. While self diagnosis is not recommended at all and you should see a qualified mechanic, here are some reasons why you could be experiencing vibrations.

The engine

If the vibration is coming from the engine this could be an air, fuel or spark issue. If the car is jerking or shuddering when you accelerate, shaking at a certain speed or starts to shake after first being started and running OK, these are symptoms of engine related causes.

The spark plugs will need to be checked as well as the wires. The air and fuel filters should be checked too in case they are not clogged or dirty. These will need to be replaced if they are not allowing fuel or air to the engine.

The axle

If your car has been in an accident or similar, the axle can become bent. This will cause a vibration that tends to become worse the faster the speed you drive. A related issue to this is the driveshaft. This should be checked for damage too, as it can result in shaking.

Brakes

We never want our brakes to fail. If the vibrating in your car gets worse when you use the brakes then these need to be checked. The rotors could be warped due to wear and tear. This in turn means the brake pads and callipers are unable to grip them, resulting in vibration.

Wheels and tyres

Tyres and wheels can be the main culprits that cause vibration whilst driving. There are a number of reasons such as wheel bearings need replacing or worn tie rod ends and ball joints. Tyres can cause vibration if the tread has become separated, or if the tyres have become worn, are out of balance or are rolling unevenly.

It’s important to get your vehicle checked when vibration occurs to avoid further damage and for your safety. Get down to Turley Car and Truck for a service, for information click here http://turleys.com.au/car-mechanical/.

 

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Driving Safely on Wet Roads

Spring is a beautiful time of year; we are given reprieve from the brisk cold of winter and a glimpse of the hot weather on the way. We also tend to get a bit more rainfall. Of course it is important that we drive safely and that our cars are in a safe condition to drive all the time, but when it comes to driving on the wet roads and in the rain, more care needs to be taken.

Unfortunately, the wet weather seems to bring out the madness on some on the roads or people don’t know enough about how to drive in the wet. Bad habits are developed out of being overly cautious and some drivers are not cautious enough.

Turley Car and Truck would like to stress the importance of getting your car regularly serviced and safety checked by their highly qualified technicians. Known as the most reputable mechanics around, Turley Car and Truck will ensure your car is shipshape and safe to drive in any condition.

In the meantime, here are some great tips for safer driving in the wet.

Don’t stick to the edge

In heavy rain it can be tempting to drive more to the side of the road as it may feel safer to pull away from the middle and the cars travelling in the other direction. However, there are rain pools at the edges of the road, so if your tires hit these puddles at any speed there is a greater risk of pulling off course and causing danger.

Make sure you are visible

Headlights in the rain is not about what you can see, it is so that others can see you. Having your lights on in a heavy downpour means other motorists can see you better in the gloomy downpour. Please don’t use high beams though as this can affect the vision of other drivers.

Exercise common sense

If the downpour is so heavy that even with windscreen wipers on you are unable to see out, pull over. There is no appointment so important that you have to drive in unsafe conditions and risk the lives of others or yourself.

Slow down, travelling a little under the speed limit to err on the side of caution is not unwise but not so slow that this also poses safety risks. If your car does hydroplane a little on the road don’t apply the brake, just ease off the acceleration and keep your steering straight. Don’t use cruise control in the rain or on wet roads if your car has this, as this can cause hydroplaning.

Be aware and get your car serviced regularly with the experts at Turley Car and Truck. Safe travels!

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Foolproof Tips to Finding a Good Mechanic

The absolute number one thing you want to get from your mechanic is good communication.

If you have a mechanic who can articulate exactly what is going on with your vehicle in terms you are able to understand you are on a winner.

This is a sign that the mechanic you are dealing with knows his stuff and more importantly does not mind taking the time to share.

Credentials can be a tricky thing to check. Usually if you take your car to a dealership or large branded company, they will have their credentials hanging on a wall. Credentials that have been presented to them by the dealership or head office.

A serious mechanic who knows his business has credentials that talk. If he has been in the business for many years and is still there, that is a good sign. He can probably boast to having the same crew with him for many years as well.

Being an authorised repairer from insurance companies such as Suncorp, AAMI, Allianz Insurance, and AMP etc. is also a good indicator of trust. Companies such as this do not waste their time with shonky mechanics.

Likewise fleet companies such as Fleetcare and S G Fleet only pick reliable and trustworthy mechanics to service their vehicles.

If you go into the workshop and see empty oil cans or old tyres laying around – it could mean they are too busy to clean up or maybe just don’t take pride in their work or workplace. Go with your gut. A quick conversation will set you on the right course.

Finally, you can’t go past a good recommendation. If a friend or family member recommends a mechanic to you, you know you can trust them.

Some Who Ticks all the Boxes in Ipswich

Peter and his crew at Turley Car and Truck Pty Ltd certainly do tick all these boxes and more.

Not only can you get your vehicle, be it car, 4WD, truck, bus, or motorhome, serviced and repaired they offer a complimentary local pickup and delivery.

They also offer a brilliant 24 hour reliable tow truck service, having four flat tray trucks capable of towing everything from small cars to heavy machinery and containers.

The 5 hoists they have in the workshop are busy all the time and to round the whole thing off they have undercover truck and car washing facilities.

What are you waiting for? Don’t be shy. Visit them now at http://www.turleys.com.au and make a booking.

 

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Keeping Safe Whilst Waiting For a Tow

Finding yourself in a situation where you need a tow is never ideal. Thanks to the friendly towing that the professional team at Turley Car & Truck offer the experience will pass with few hassles. Once you have contacted the guys at Turley’s for a tow it’s important that you keep safe while waiting.

Although the process of calling and waiting for a tow truck seems simple enough, motorists are advised to take a few precautions just to be on the safe side. Dangers can come in the form of other vehicles and even other people, so to avoid any risks ensure you pay attention to the following items.

Move your vehicle

If practical, you need to move your car off the road as much as possible. Aside from this helping to prevent passing cars hitting your stationary car it also makes it easier for the driver to get the tow truck in the right position to hook up your car.

If you are on your own and it is safe, then accept assistance from any kind motorists who offer or if someone you know is not far away, give them a call and ask for help.

Safety lights

Always put your safety hazards on, as soon as you break down. These should be turned on before you call the tow truck. If you are in a truck or have reflective lights in your vehicle and it is night time then it is advised to also place these around your vehicle.

This will greatly improve visibility of you to other drivers. It is also safer to remain inside the vehicle if you are stuck on the roadside, in order to protect you from cars and rain if it occurs.

Be organised

Before the tow truck arrives get together the items you will need to take with you from your car. Obviously, the first things in mind will be your wallet/bag, phone and any luggage you may need. Other handy items will be car insurance information from your glove box and any other items you will need urgently.

Be wise

It’s sad to say but not everyone out there is a good person looking to do the right thing. Thefts and attacks are very real occurrences so use caution. Stay inside the car, lock all the doors and if approached by a stranger don’t accept a ride or an invitation to wait with them in their vehicle.

Once your tow truck from Turley Car & Truck arrives you will be on safer ground in no time.

 

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Power Steering More Than Just Convenience

There is no doubt about the fact that power steering makes driving more comfortable and easier, but when your car has power steering you need to pay more attention to it than just enjoying the benefits. Often, people make the habit of checking their oil and water but tend to forget about other fluids such as the power steering fluid.

What is important about power steering fluid?

Without power steering fluid your power steering will not function. It is a hydraulic fluid that allows the power to be transmitted. It should be checked by the driver but also serviced by a reputable mechanic such as Turley Car & Truck.

The servicing of your power steering is very important and having this flushed and changed will prolong the life of the whole power steering system. Without this being changed the more expensive parts of the power steering such as the rack and pump can become damaged and need replacing.

What happens if I don’t get my power steering serviced properly?

O-rings, seals and components of your power steering naturally break down over time. When this happens they get into the fluid and this makes it harder for the power steering pump to work. This will, in turn, require the pump to be replaced. Without your power steering the vehicle will be very difficult to drive; also, the system is not cheap to replace.

Signs of trouble?

If when turning your steering wheel you hear noises like the car moaning or whining, then you should check your fluid levels and get your power steering checked ASAP. These sounds could be the first signs that your power steering is on the way out.

See the best mechanic in town

Honest mechanics like the team you will find at Turley Car & Truck will service your car professionally and with great care by being sure to flush and replace fluids including your power steering fluid. It’s important that you don’t let things like car servicing and power steering fluid replacement be left unattended to as this will result in bigger repairs and heftier bills down the track.

At Turley Car & Truck no job is half done and only the best advice and service is given to each and every customer. Contact them today and discuss booking for a service so you know your power steering is functioning at its best.

 

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Top to Tyre Care for Your Car

We all know how important it is to have our car or truck serviced so that it is running at its best. However, aside from checking the air in your tyres do you understand the importance of tyre rotation and balancing too? If your answer is no, that is no problem because the team at Turley Car & Truck do.

Easily the most reliable mechanics around, this honest and efficient team will ensure that your vehicle is running at its best and this includes checking and balancing tyres. Also known as a wheel alignment, this is the process of ensuring the weight of the whole wheel assembly and tyres is equal.

Importance of Wheel Balancing

Safety is of utmost importance when it comes to travelling in a vehicle and balanced wheels ensure this. Even a small difference in weight can cause a big difference to centrifugal force when driving at high speeds. Unbalanced tyres can also cause more wear and tear on the rubber of the tyres meaning they will need to be replaced sooner.

The balancing is done by a machine to ensure the check is precise. Your mechanic will know exactly where to place the weights on the wheel and how heavy they need to be. Wheel balancing is unavoidable, very rarely will a car be checked and require no balancing.

When your tyres get older and they become worn, the balance will change. It is a good idea to get tyres balanced and rotated every now and then to increase the longevity of the tyres. If after a balancing you find there are vibrations in the car you should get this checked further.

There may be other issues present such as a bent wheel. In this case the balancing machine cannot fix this.

Always See the Experts

You should always contact a professional mechanic team like Turley Car & Truck for mechanical and tyre care for your vehicle. Only they have the right equipment to ensure safe checking and repairs that may be required.

While some like to consider themselves handy with a wrench, nothing is ever as safe as getting it checked by an experienced mechanic. If you have not booked your car in for a service for some time, then you should do this and get the wheel alignment checked.

Your car will be safer to drive and your tyres will last longer, there’s no better motivation than that.

 

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Clean Oil Vitally Important

We know we need to regularly check the oil level in our vehicles and we know that oil is important to the running of our engines; but did you know that clean oil is also very important?

Just as we need clean drinking water for our blood to be free of impurities for our own bodies to run well, our cars and trucks also need clean oil to operate at their peak too. The best way to ensure this is to have regular services carried out by Turley Car & Truck.

If you want a better understanding of why this is so important, keep reading.

What the oil does for your car

A vital lubricant for the engine, oil prevents metal surfaces in the engine from heating up and welding together until the engine seizes.

If your engine does seize then you will need to call on a fast towing service. The great news is that on top of being able to fix your broken-down truck or car, Turley Car & Truck offers a reliable towing service too.

Ideally though, you will have the oil in your engine to keep things moving. For example, the pistons need to move up and down in the cylinders of your vehicle; the presence of oil means there is easy movement without friction and heat.

What if you don’t change the oil?

There are two things that will happen if you don’t change the oil in your car. The first will be that dirt will build up in the oil. In the beginning the filter will be able to get rid of this but after some time it will become clogged.

Once this happens the oil will be able to pass into a relief valve. The second thing that will occur is that because this dirty, thick oil is more abrasive and is able to pass through the parts of the engine it will cause more wear and tear. It will be less effective in lubricating the engine and further damage will be caused.

Of course you have a good many kilometres you can go before this causes a catastrophe but prevention is always the best method. Our best advice is to have your vehicle regularly serviced by the professional and experienced team at Turley Car & Truck.

Give them a call and book your service today, they offer services on cars, trucks and fleets as well as truck washing.

 

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