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Log Book Servicing

Protect Your Warranty

Here at Andrew McClure Mechanical we service all Makes and Models old and new.  If your car is under Manufacture’s Warranty we are still able to service your vehicle without voiding your warranty.

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.

Major and Minor Servicing

Regular Servicing Saves Money

Andrew McClure Mechanical recommends a regular servicing routine. We recommend you have a minor service every 10000klm or 6 months to prevent your vehicle from premature wear which in turn generates large repair bills. Prevention is the best cure and so following a maintenance schedule that gives your vehicle the attention it needs for everyday tasks is a must.

MINOR SERVICE

A Minor Car Service Includes:

  • Change engine oil and filter
  • Carry out full brake and safety check
  • Check and top up all under bonnet fluid levels
  • Test coolant concentration
  • Test brake fluid condition
  • Check and report on battery condition
  • Check all tyres for wear and adjust tyre pressures
  • Check all hoses, belts and hydraulic lines for leakage and fatigue
  • Carry out full report
  • Carry out full road test
This service comes with a free pick-up and drop-off to your home or work place.

Every 12 months or 20,000 km’s it is time to book in for a major service.  Certain components of your vehicle must be regularly checked and if they are not, your vehicle may incur unnecessary wear, extra costs and a poor driving experience. When Andrew McClure Mechanical carries out a major service we check, test, replace and repair the required parts to make your car feel like new again.

MAJOR SERVICE

A Major Car Service Includes:

  • Change engine oil and filter
  • Carry out full brake and safety check
  • Check and top up all under bonnet fluid levels
  • Test coolant concentration
  • Test brake fluid condition
  • Check and report on battery condition
  • Check all tyres for wear and adjust tyre pressures
  • Check all hoses, belts and hydraulic lines for leakage and fatigue
  • Carry out full report
  • Carry out full road test
  • Carry out full electronic diagnosis inspection
  • Check condition of ignition leads
  • Check all exhaust emissions on workshop gas analyser
  • Check and replace spark plugs if necessary
  • Replace air filter
  • Replace fuel filter
  • Service throttle body
  • Change engine oil and filter
  • Replacement of Spark Plugs, Air Filter, Fuel Filter
  • Check and report on battery condition
  • Check and top up all under bonnet fluid levels
This service comes with a free pick-up and drop-off to your home or work place.

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.

Safety Certificates

Need a safety certificate?

What is a Safety Certificate? A safety certificate is issued after a vehicle passes a minimum safety standard inspection. A safety certificate covers basic things that could affect the safe operation of the vehicle, such as:
  • Tyres
  • Brakes
  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Body rust or damage
  • Windscreen
  • Lights
The safety certificate offers buyers better protection and makes sure vehicles being offered for sale or being re-registered are safe – reducing the likelihood of crashes caused by defective vehicles. Note: A safety certificate inspection is not a comprehensive mechanical inspection of a vehicle. Before you purchase a used vehicle, we recommend you contact us, for a full mechanical inspection of the vehicle. When is a Safety Certificate needed? You have to display a safety certificate on any registered light vehicle from the moment you offer the vehicle for sale. Safety certificates must be displayed in a very obvious place, for example: Motorbike – front forks or guard Car – windscreen or window Trailer – draw-bar You may get fined if you don’t display a safety certificate on the vehicle from the moment you offer it for sale. When is a Safety Certificate not needed? Vehicles that are unregistered or are traded to, or between, licensed motor dealers do not need a safety certificate. Vehicles can still be sold for parts but they must be de-registered before being offered for sale. You don’t need a safety certificate if the vehicle meets one of the exemption criteria. Some exemption situations may include: The disposer being in an exempt area A beneficiary of a deceased estate Between spouses, including separated spouses Remote locations Who issues Safety Certificates? Safety certificates can only be issued by approved inspection stations. These are service stations, garages or workshops approved by the Queensland Government. Andrew McClure Mechanical is an approved inspection station, so call us for your safety certificate requirements. How long are Safety Certificates current for? The time a safety certificate is valid for varies depending on who is selling the vehicle: Licensed motor dealers: certificates are valid for 3 months or 1000km (whichever comes first) from the date of issue All other sellers: certificates are valid for 2 months or 2000km (whichever comes first) from the date of issue. The same safety certificate can be used to register an unregistered vehicle and to transfer the registration of that vehicle, provided it is within the limits set out above. A new safety certificate is needed each time you sell the vehicle even if it is within the limits above. A single safety certificate cannot be used for 2 transfers.

Diesel Servicing and Repairs

Diesel Engine Maintenance

Today’s diesel engine is not just for trucks or heavy duty vehicles anymore. The power and efficiency that are well known in diesel engines are now also available in passenger cars and 4WDS. With diesel as a popular alternative to petrol, diesel vehicles feature high-tech components, like common rail diesel system. Diesel engine maintenance will offset the rising cost of fuel and assure you of a longer life cycle for your vehicle in general and your engine in particular. Diesel engines are excellent and reliable engines if regularly and properly maintained. Fuel filter maintenance is critical on the new hi-tech diesel engines. Here at Andrew McClure Mechanical we can service and maintain all your diesel vehicles and repairs including on car injector cleaning, injector replacement, glow plug testing, injector pump leaks and overhauls. We have the latest equipment to service all your diesel requirements. Andrew McClure Mechanical understands diesel repairs and service are next to impossible without the specialized technicians and diagnostic equipment we offer. Call us today for a free quote or to book in for your next service 3294 1782.

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Engine Rebuilds

Engine rebuilds and reconditioning

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.

Clutch Repairs

Clutch Servicing

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

Clutch Slipping

Full power of the engine does not reach the transmission, the engine speeds up, but the vehicle speed does not.

Clutch Shudder

Clutch shudder is a vibration through the vehicle when engaging no matter how slowly or carefully it is applied.

Clutch Drag

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.

Abnormal Noise

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.

Transmission Service

Check Transmission Fluid

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?

Transmission fluid

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.

Oil leaks

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.

Electrical components

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.

Filter blockage

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.

Exhaust System Repairs

Reduce Emissions

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

New systems

All exhaust & muffler repairs

Catalytic converters

Exhaust leaks

Tyres

Check Tyre Pressure

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.

Cooling System Repairs

Prevent Over Heating

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.

Air Conditioning

Keeping You Cool

Air conditioning was once only in luxury cars, it’s now common place in most vehicles. You may not be aware that over 10% of air conditioning gas leaks from the system every year. This means your air conditioning may not work as well as it should. Car manufactures recommend your air conditioning to be checked and serviced every two years. Don’t suffer through a hot summer enjoy the comfort of a good operating air conditioner, book your car in and get your air conditioner checked today.  

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Brake Repairs

Check Brakes Regularly

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
  • Leaking brake fluid or low brake fluid level
  • Brake pedal pulsation
  • Steering wheel shake while braking
  • Grinding noise while braking
  • Vehicle pulls to one side when braking
  • Brake pedal is low or very hard
FREE BRAKE INSPECTION

Our expert technicians will inspect your brake pads and brake lining for wear, test brake fluid and inspect brake hoses.

Fuel Injection Systems

Clean Injectors Save Petrol

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

Batteries

Battery Servicing

Your battery plays an important role in your car’s operation. It provides a source of energy for the starter and ignition system, and also provides extra power to run accessories. We stock batteries to fit most cars, 4 x 4 and commercial vehicles. This means that more often than not we will have the battery for you. Every time you bring your car into Andrew McClure Mechanical we will test your battery as part of our service inspection. If your car’s Battery light is on in the dashboard you should have your car checked as soon as possible. The light is a warning that the level of power in the battery or the level of charge reaching the battery is insufficient. If left unattended this will drain all power from the battery and the car’s engine will stop. If your car won’t start, it may be the battery has insufficient power to turn the engine over fast enough to start your car or no power is getting through.
car battery
GOOD TIP 1: If the light comes on while you are driving, try to conserve battery power by turning off the heater, rear demister, stereo, headlights, interior lights, or other items that consume power until you make it to your next destination or have the system checked. GOOD TIP 2: Check the wiring and battery terminal surfaces for corrosion and if corroded clean and ensure proper connection. Hot water will remove any corrosion easily. The cause of a flat or dead battery may be the battery itself or any of the components of the charging system for example the belts, the alternator, the wiring, terminals and connections or the voltage regulator. If your car won’t start or your car’s Battery or Charge indicator light is on in the dashboard, you should have your car checked as soon as possible by one of our professional Technicians.

Signs of a flat or failing car battery

Engine not turning over quickly on start-up This could indicate your starter motor is not able to draw sufficient power from the battery, due to the battery failing to accept a full charge from the alternator. Another potential cause is frequent short trips in the vehicle, stopping the battery from receiving a full charge. Your headlights look dim at idle and then brighten when you rev the engine If your headlights are dim whilst the engine is idling, it could mean a battery or alternator issue, as the engine is not receiving enough electricity from either to power the headlights sufficiently. You’ve needed to jumpstart your battery three or more times If you’ve needed to jump-start your battery more than three times, then it’s time to have your battery and electrical system tested. A battery that has gone flat multiple times will be far less reliable, so it’s best to consider replacing the battery before it lets you down when you need it most. Jump starting a car battery is effectively ‘shocking’ your battery. Multiple jump-starts of a car battery are indicative the battery is not holding a full charge and needs replacement. Your electrical accessories aren’t responding as quickly as normal If the battery has a very low charge, some or all of the electrical accessories may be sluggish. The windows will roll up and down slower than normal, or the dashboard lights will be dim. For an obligation free battery test, book your car in today.

Steering and Suspension

Steering & Suspension Inspection

The steering and suspension system in your car is pivotal to ensure you and your passenger’s safety. The modern vehicle is equipped with electronic stability control systems and at Andrew McClure Mechanical we have the latest diagnostic equipment to service these systems. All vehicles still need the basic systems to operate correctly such as shock absorbers, suspension bushes, steering rack, tyres & springs to be all in good working order. Our mechanics are highly trained and have years of experience, which enable us to diagnose and repair a variety of faults in your steering or suspension. We offer a 20 000 km or twelve month warranty on all work carried out.

FLUID REPLACEMENT

Fluid replacement is essential. All power steering systems require periodic maintenance and at Andrew McClure Mechanical our power steering fluid flushing service will remove all harmful deposits, which is specifically designed to keep your power steering system running smooth & quiet. Every service at Andrew McClure Mechanical we carry out a Steering and Suspension Inspection. We inspect Suspension bushes, ball joints and shock absorbers, steering components, steering racks, tie rod ends and steering boxes.

SUSPENSION AND STEERING REPLACEMENT

Whenever we carry out a Steering or Suspension repair we ensure top quality workmanship and parts. Our technicians are highly qualified and trained to make sure the work is reliable and long lasting. MOST COMMON SYMPTONS OF STEERING AND SUSPENSION FAULTS
  • Steering wheel pulling to one side
  • Steering wheel shake
  • Steering wheel over correction or sloppy
  • Knock or bang over bumps
  • Tyres wearing on edges

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