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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Care for Your Car Between Services

At Turley Car & Truck we can service your vehicle with expert knowledge and care. Ensuring your car or truck runs at its best is just as important to us as it is to you. This is because keeping the running of your vehicle in tip top condition means that we have done our job well and you know we are a team of mechanics you can rely on to provide an honest car service. However, there are times when your vehicle will need larger repairs or more; we will do our best at all times to reach the best outcome for you at each service and repair. In the meantime, here are some maintenance and care tips you can do yourself to keep your truck or car looking great and running well in combination with regular services from us.

Be kind to your car’s engine

When you first start your vehicle, remember the engine will be cold. Resist the urge to pump the accelerator to speed the warming up process, as this will wear out your engine faster. When you start driving after you first start up, accelerate slowly. Whenever you are driving your vehicle and you are sitting at red lights, take the car out of gear and put it in neutral. This will allow the engine to ‘rest’ and reduce wear. Check oil and fluid levels regularly, particularly before long car trips. Have the filter and oil changed on the mechanic’s advice. Doing this rids metal particles and abrasive dirt from the engine and therefore prolongs its life.

Cleanliness prevents damage

Cleaning your car is not just about keeping it looking good. Cleaning your car helps prevent corrosion and waxing prevents paintwork from pollution and bird droppings. The interior of your car needs care too. Juices and soft drink that can be spilt are corrosive to interiors and dirt or grime that is allowed to build up can become unhygienic. Remember when you are spending time in your vehicle breathing in air or air conditioning it’s better to have a clean environment.

Cleaning your engine will prevent damage too.

A clean engine will have less chance of overheating and also makes it easier to spotany damage that may be present.

Tyres

Your tyres are like the feet of your vehicle so they need to be cared for. Check that the pressure is at the right psi level and check the tyres for uneven wear and tear. Not having the right amount of air in them will result in using more fuel when driving.

Car battery

The heart of your car is the battery; keep terminals clean by wiping with a damp cloth and check for cracking in the battery case. Following some simple guidelines will help to reduce the running costs of your vehicle. Give us a call to arrange your service today.  

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Honesty is the Best Policy

If you own a car or a truck you have to get it serviced; there is no way around this. When it comes to getting a reliable car service, some motorists can be weary of mechanics. Sadly, they are out there, the ones who may not do what they are paid to do or who say more work needs to be done in order to make more money.

In the short term, these mechanics may see this as a win, but at Turley Car & Truck, we know this won’t produce a happy customer or create repeat business. We want our customers to be happy with the service every time and know they can rely on us to keep their car or truck running at its best.

Here are a few warning signs or things to practice to avoid mechanic rip offs and things that you won’t experience with us.

Safety a priority

Sometimes there are repairs required on a vehicle that may make it unsafe to drive. In these situations, your mechanic should always advise against it as it could risk your life if they don’t.

However, some mechanics may say this in order to pressure a sale. If this happens, you should always enquire why. At Turley Car & Truck we will advise the reasons behind this immediately and we will always have your safety in mind.

Second opinions and going with your gut

If you feel a little unsure about the advice your current mechanic is giving you, get a second opinion. By all means, contact us and let us know the situation, bring your vehicle to us and we will give you an honest appraisal and quote for repairs.

Because we are an authorised repairer for a number of insurance companies, you know we are trusted and experienced. Sometimes you walk into a room and things don’t feel ‘right’. The same can be said of a workshop.

There is nothing wrong with expecting to see an organised workshop and to be greeted in a friendly and open manner. At Turley Car & Truck we do our best to make all customers feel welcome and we keep our workshop safe and tidy for carrying out our work.

Be aware

The more aware you are as the driver, the better we can help you. By knowing when your services are due and getting them done, goes a long way to keeping your vehicle in shipshape condition.

If you hear any noises that shouldn’t be there, try to pinpoint its origin as well as you can so you can tell us. That way we can source the problem a lot faster. We only want to do our best for our customers and we can do that by working together.

For top servicing and honest work, contact Turley Car & Truck today.

 

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