A Minor Car Service Includes:
Servicing of your vehicle is essential. We offer Minor and Major servicing on all vehicles out of warranty. If your vehicle is running rough we have the latest testing equipment so we can quickly diagnose the problem with your vehicle. If we find any additional problems with your car, we contact you before we proceed with the work or you can always make an appointment for a later date.
Your car is important to us so we only use and recommend Hitec Oils and Wynns products for the best service available for your vehicle and the environment. With every service we include an Emission Kit which cleans away power robbing contaminants in your vehicles engine and fuel system, which keeps your engine running at optimum condition.
As a valuable customer with Andrew McClure Mechanical we offer with all services that include the Emission Kit membership to Club Evolution. This membership entitles you to 6 months Roadside Assist free Australia wide. At Andrew McClure Mechanical we provide high quality servicing at very affordable prices.
REGULAR SERVICING IS IMPORTANT
Regular servicing can detect early problem signs before they turn major and save you money. Whether it’s a Major service, Log Book service or a simple oil change, we can cater for your needs. To keep your car reliable and in good working order we recommend regular servicing.
MAINTAINING YOUR MANUFACTURERS WARRANTY
An Independent Workshop like Andrew McClure Mechanical can service your car and keep your manufactures warranty. As long as the operations carried out are in accordance with the Manufacturers service schedules and the parts are appropriate quality.
Since Australian Legislation was changed, motorists have been given increased freedom in selecting their desired workshop and mechanic to handle their vehicles needs. Click here to see what is involved with a Minor & Major Service.
A Minor Car Service Includes:
A Major Car Service Includes:
This service comes with a free pick-up and drop-off to your home or work place Your car is important to us so we only use and recommend Hitec Oils and Wynn’s products for the best service available for your vehicle and the environment. With every service we include an Emission Kit which cleans away power robbing contaminants in your vehicles engine and fuel system, which keeps your engine running at optimum condition. As a valuable customer with Andrew McClure Mechanical we offer with all services that include the Emission Kit membership to Club Evolution. This membership entitles you to 6 months Roadside Assist free Australia wide.
If you just can’t afford to buy a new vehicle, have you ever considered rebuilding its engine? All engines eventually wear out regardless of how you service them. Overhauling an engine may be a good option if you want to keep the car you love. At Andrew McClure Mechanical we can repair or rebuild your engines, carry out cylinder head repairs, timing belt replacement and all your engine needs.
Exactly what is involved in rebuilding an engine?
Basically, all the wear parts in an engine are either replaced or resurfaced to a “new engine” condition. Typically the cylinders are bored out, new pistons, piston rings, bearings, camshafts, lifters, all gaskets, oil pumps, timing gears and chains, crankshafts ,cylinder heads are replace or reconditioned. After all of this is done the engine performance is as good as the car left the showroom.
The clutch is the link between the engine and gearbox. It has a clutch disc with friction material on both sides a pressure plate & throw out bearing. clutch_plateThe clutch system in cars is based on friction between the flywheel [engine side] and pressure plate [gearbox side] these components spin at the same speed. When a clutch friction material starts to wear and instead of clamping tightly between the flywheel and pressure plate the clutch slips and the speed is different in these components.
At Andrew McClure Mechanical we can service all your clutch problems. We can replace clutches in all cars, 4wd and small trucks, replace clutch master and slave cylinders and clutch cables.
Common Clutch Problems and Symptoms
The following are the most common clutch problems
Full power of the engine does not reach the transmission, the engine speeds up, but the vehicle speed does not.
Clutch shudder is a vibration through the vehicle when engaging no matter how slowly or carefully it is applied.
When engaging the clutch a jerk or shudder is felt through the vehicle no matter how slowly or carefully it is applied.
Hard Pedal Effort
The clutch pedal is excessively hard to push down this is usually a problem with linkage or a cable problem.
Throw out bearing failure can be heard when applying the clutch, a rumbling, squealing or whirring noise may also be the spigot bearing or front gearbox bearing noise.
Why do we need to Service Automatic Transmissions?
Automatic transmissions generate contaminants. As they wear these containments circulate with the oil and interfere with valve bodies and electronic solenoids increasing the risk of failure. It is important for transmissions to be serviced regularly and for maximum protection the oil flushed every 60 000 km’s. Auto transmissions create lots of internal heat through friction; it does not take long for auto oil to heat up with normal driving. Towing a trailer, mountain driving or high speed driving increases oil temperature.
As a rule of thumb, with every 15 degrees increase in temperature, this will reduce the life of the oil by half. At Andrew McClure Mechanical we have an Auto Oil Flushing Machine to ensure your auto is maintained in the best possible condition.
What goes wrong with Automatic Transmissions?
Auto transmission fluid is the most important component in the transmission. Old or burnt fluid reduces the life of the transmission. We recommend fluid and filters be replaced every 60 000 km.
Auto transmissions are susceptible to fluid leaks as the oil has a low viscosity. Most oil leaks are from pan gaskets, front pump seals and extension housing seals.
Modern auto transmissions are electronically controlled. The heat from the auto oil over time causes solenoid and electrical connections to become brittle and loose. All electronic components and computers become susceptible to failure.
All auto transmissions wear the friction material which can if not serviced block the filter causing loss of drive forward or reverse.
Vehicle Not Moving
The worst possible problem is a broken transmission system, and the only way to fix this is a transmission overhaul.
The modern car exhaust system does not just remove exhaust gas to the rear of the vehicle or reduce noise. This system has catalytic converters which are amazingly simple devices which have been highly effective in reducing harmful exhaust emissions. The modern diesel engine also have diesel particulate filters. This filters store particulate matter [black smoke] and under certain driving conditions the engine burns this matter off.Our Services
All exhaust & muffler repairs
Four small patches of rubber each about the size of your hand are the only parts of the car in touch with the road so having the right tyres, in good condition and correctly inflated is very important for your safety.
Regular checks, tyre rotations and wheel alignments help to make tyres last longer, and can save you money.What increases tyre wear?
Driving style – aggressive cornering and braking increases tyre wear
Position – front tyres wear faster because of movement through steering and tyres on drive wheels will wear more quickly
Speed – high speed driving increases temperature and tyre wear
Load – excess load increases tyre wear
Pressure – under inflation (through increased flexing and temperature) and over inflation (through reduced contact area) can both increase tyre wear
Alignment – tyres will wear quickly and unevenly if wheel alignment is wrong or if there is excessive wear in suspension components
Running a car is already expensive so you want to make your money go as far as possible. Looking after your tyres is a good place to start. Tyres are the only parts of your car which are in contact with the road. Safety in acceleration, braking, steering and cornering all depend on a relatively small area of road contact. It is therefore important that your car tyres are maintained in good condition at all times and when the time comes to change them, the correct tyres are fitted.
Often car tyres need to be replaced before their specified life has been reached mainly because of rapid or uneven tread wear. The most common causes of avoidable tread wear are Under-Inflating which causes rapid wear along the edges of the tread and Over-Inflating which causes rapid wear along the centre of the tread. Faulty shock absorbers can cause flat spots on the tread of the tyre.
Incorrect wheel alignment can cause wear on the inside or outside edges of the tyres. If you hit a kerb or a pot hole the settings of the steering geometry may become misaligned resulting in uneven wear. Wear and tear in the steering components can also affect wheel alignment so it’s worth having a wheel alignment every 20 000 km.
Incorrect tyre pressure can reduce the life of your tyres, and may make your car less safe to drive. Check and adjust pressure when tyres are cold. You’ll find your cars correct tyre pressure on the tyre placard on the inside of your glove box or inside the driver’s door.
You should check for a minimum tread depth of 1.5 mm on any part of the tyre surface that comes into contact with the road. Tyres have indicators in their tread pattern which show when they are worn down. Check your tyres for abnormal wear or damage (such as cracks, bulges or tears).Utilise the Spare Tyre
5 years is the maximum life recommended by tyre manufacturers. If the tyre has not been used by this time, there is a risk that the tyre may increase heat and cracks and cause a blowout. When the tyre heats up during normal road use it relies on the oil and moisture content to keep it cool and pliable. Having it sitting on the back of your 4WD or in the boot of your car will dry out the tyre and when you fit it, it may blow out and cause damage to your vehicle or, even worse, a crash.
By routinely rotating tyres you can eliminate this problem and extend the life of your tyres. In some cases this is not practical due to directional or different sized tyres which are only suitable to a particular side or particular position on a vehicle. Always refer to your owner’s handbook and follow the instructions.
Bring your car in and we will check your tyre pressures free of charge. We offer a Tyre replacement, puncture repairs and wheel alignment service.
Your car radiator is one of the most important operating components of your car. Responsible for keeping your engine at a safe operating temperature, a leaking or blocked radiator can cause costly cylinder head repairs & leave you on the side of the road.
Radiator problems can often develop without you even knowing it, with small particles of dirt and rust clogging up the radiator tubes, preventing the radiator from being able to cool your engine properly. If this happens, your vehicle will over heat, potentially leaving you stranded. The best way to avoid such problems is with regular routine maintenance and service. Being vigilant will help you catch minor radiator problems before they become major ones.
What to Check When it comes to Maintaining your Radiator & Cooling System
Thermostat – Overheating can often damage a good thermostat. If the engine has overheated because of another problem, the thermostat should be tested or replaced.
Cooling system leaks – Loss of coolant because of a leak is probably the most common cause of overheating. Possible leak points include hoses, the radiator, heater core, water pump, thermostat housing, head gasket, automatic transmission oil cooler.
Fan– With mechanical fans, most overheating problems are caused by faulty freewheeling fan clutches. Most electric fan problems are fan motors & relays.
Water pump – Any movement in the water pump shaft or a leak would call for replacement of the pump. In some instances, a pump can cause an engine to overheat if the impeller vanes are badly eroded due to corrosion or if the impeller has come loose from the shaft.
Belts & Hoses – Check belt tension and condition. A loose belt that slips may prevent the water pump from circulating coolant fast enough and the fan from turning fast for proper cooling. Any belts with cracks or pieces missing should be replaced immediately. The condition of the hoses should also be checked. Recommend new hoses if the old ones are over 5 years old or soft and corrosion build up on them.
Radiator – The most common problems radiators have are clogging (both internal and external) and leaks. Dirt, bugs and grass can block air flow through the core and reduce the radiator’s ability to dissipate heat. Internal corrosion and an accumulation of deposits can likewise inhibit coolant circulation and reduce cooling.
At Andrew McClure Mechanical we can service all your cooling system needs, from hose replacement to new radiators & thermostats.
With every service at Andrew McClure Mechanical we inspect your Brake System, with a visual Brake Pad and Lining Inspection and a Brake Fluid Test. We road test to ensure your Brake System performs to its optimum efficiency especially in an emergency stop.BRAKE FLUID FLUSH
Brake Fluid high in moisture can adversely affect the Brake performance. Brake Fluid should be replaced every two years regardless of the amount of kms travelled. Flushing the Brake Fluid removes old fluid from the entire system including the Master Cylinder Reservoir and Brake Pipes and callipers.BRAKE REPLACEMENT
Our technician will remove the Brake Pads and measure the Disc Rotors. All disc rotors are machined or replaced to ensure a flat surface for the new brake pads to bed into.How do I Know if I need new Brakes
Our expert technicians will inspect your brake pads and brake lining for wear, test brake fluid and inspect brake hoses.
Today’s modern cars all have fuel injection. They are highly sophisticated systems which incorporate many sensors to get the correct amount of fuel injected into the engine at the right time. Here at Andrew McClure Mechanical we have some of the latest diagnostic equipment to test your car’s engine management systems.
We can scan your computer codes, test fuel pressure and test other sensors which allow us to diagnose the problem quickly and cost effectively. Whether your car won’t start, has a flat spot, using too much petrol, idling or running rough we can help.
We also offer Fuel Injection and Decarbonisation Service for petrol & diesel engines. This service is guaranteed to clean the injectors like new. This injection cleaning kit is formulated to clean injectors, intake manifolds and combustion chamber deposits; it improves power and fuel economy and reduces exhaust emissions.How we diagnose problems with your vehicle
Step 1 Scan engine e c u [electronic control unit] for fault codes
Step 2 Test ignition system, coils plugs leads & timing
Step 3 Test fuel system, fuel pressure & flow, injectors & fuel filters
Step 4 Test for vacuum leaks with a visual inspection & smoke machine
Step 5 Exhaust gas analysis, for correct air fuel ratios at idle & cruise