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Apr 20

How Wembley Autocare is Taking Care of you During COVID-19

At Wembley Autocare we have always been committed to keeping you safe on the road.

For the past several weeks that has meant taking extra precautions to keep you healthy too.

Sanitising

Sanitising everything

Every team member has their own supply of sanitiser and disinfectant. We sanitise your car before we start work on it and when we finish. We also sanitise your keys when you first give them to us and before we hand them back to you. We wipe and clean everything we touch so there is no risk to you.

We are also sanitising our office door handles, our desktop counters, our EFTPOS machine, and many other surfaces.

We have strict checklists in place for all staff to use to ensure we maintain the strictest hygiene.

Social Distancing

We are adhering to social distancing guidelines and ensure that only one customer at a time enters the office.

Less Work Each Day

We are taking less work each day to allow more time for our technicians and office team to sanitise and clean so please be patient when making an appointment. And please also let us know if you have not been feeling well.We really love all of our customers and we are doing more than is required of us from the Health Department because we want to keep everyone healthy and safe.

From all of us at Wembley Autocare, stay safe and healthy during these times. And if we can help in any way with your car, please let us know. We’re still open and ready to look after you.

Mar 16

5 Common Causes of Breakdowns

Flat or Faulty Battery

A flat or faulty battery is the most common cause of a breakdown. The main symptom of a flat or faulty battery is there being silence when you attempt to start the car, or the starter motor sounding like it’s grinding to a halt. These symptoms are usually caused by a lack of sufficient current from your battery to turn the engine over.

Signs you need to get your battery checked: Your engine will start to take longer to turn over than usual. The ‘check battery’ warning light will also be on, or it will take longer than usual to go off once you’ve started your car.

Faulty Alternator

The alternator is powered by your engine’s energy which in turn charges your battery. If your battery is going flat it could be because your alternator is faulty. 

Signs you need to get your alternator checked: Your battery warning light will be flickering, your headlamps and dashboard lights will be dimmed, and your windscreen wipers will be slower than usual.

Faulty Starter Motor

If your engine is failing to start it might be because your starter motor is faulty.

Tyres

A common cause of tyre related issues is due to under-inflation which causes tyres to overheat. 

Signs you need to get your Tyres checked: If one or more of your tyres regularly needs to be reinflated it might have a slight puncture or a faulty valve.

Electrical

As cars get more complex, electrical problems are becoming more common. 

Signs you need to get your battery checked: Parts on your car that require an electrical current to work normally will begin behaving abnormally.

Mar 16

Car Warning Lights

Warning lights work as a part of the onboard diagnostics systems (OBD) integrated into the car’s computer. The main purpose of the OBD is to alert the driver of any malfunctions or safety precautions the vehicle needs attention too.

Qualified Service Technicians also use the OBD to accurately diagnose faults or damages in a vehicle. When a fault has occurred the OBD will produce a code. This code is interpreted by a Service Technician and then the correct steps and procedures are followed to repair the faulty part(s).

Your Car Warning Lights

Ever wondered what they mean? The best way to find out exactly what your warning lights mean is to refer to your car’s owner manual. Each car make and model is different – thus the meaning of each warning light may slightly differ from vehicle to vehicle. In your owners manual, you’ll find information that is specific to your own car.

This article serves as general idea of what the light may indicate and what you should do if you were to encounter an illuminated warning light.

Warning Lights: Flash Vs Static

When light appears static on your dashboard it typically means that your car is experiencing a problem, but it is not an emergency. On the other hand, a flashing warning light indicates a severe problem. If you see a flashing warning light you should pull your car over to a safe area and turn off the engine as soon as you can.

Warning Lights: Colours

The colours on the car warning lights are typically used to symbolise the severity of the problem.

Red: Typically a red warning indicates a problem that needs to be attended to immediately. Continuing to drive when this warning light increases the risk of further damage to your car.

Yellow/Orange: A yellow or orange warning light indicates a problem that needs to be repaired or serviced soon.

Green/Blue: A green or blue light typically indicates that a system is in use.

What To Do When You See These Lights

Car Warning Lights

Note: Maintain Battery

Your car battery is vital to ensure the proper functioning of the OBD. Make sure your battery is routinely checked and maintained to the best performing condition each year.

Mar 09

The 5 Questions to Ask Your Mechanic to Ensure They Aren’t Ripping You Off.

If you attempt to ask your mechanic questions about their practices or ability and they take offence or seem frustrated by this, then you should go to another mechanic. Our job is to ensure that you are happy with your car and you get what you paid for, so it is perfectly okay for our customers to make sure that we are doing so.

To make sure that your mechanic is doing the best job they can possibly do, here are 5 questions to ask – it might feel a bit awkward to do so but your car and your bank account will thank you later!

“Will a fully qualified mechanic be working on my car?”

If you are going to be putting your car in someone else’s hands then you want to make sure they know what they are doing! If the answer is anything less than, “Yes”, you should walk away as their lack of knowledge could mean you end up wasting your time and money.

Many workshops, like us, have mechanics undertaking work experience so they can become a fully qualified mechanic. If you see that your workshop is using these it is okay as long as it is insisted that they are coached and supervised the entire time by a fully qualified mechanic.

“Will you be using the grade of oil that my manufacturer has recommended?”

Using the correct grade of oil for your car is paramount if you want to minimise the risk of it developing internal issues and maximise its lifespan.

If the mechanic you’re speaking with can’t or won’t be using the correct grade of oil then you should take your car elsewhere!

“Will you consult me before undertaking any work that I currently don’t know you will be doing?”

We have heard countless stories from disgruntled customers who has visited other mechanics and have been billed far more than they were expecting. 

It isn’t okay for any mechanic to surprise a customer like this, you deserve to know exactly what work is being done to your car and why. That’s why we always will give the customer a quick call to let them know of the issue we have found, tell them what we can do about it, provide a cost estimate, and ask if it is okay to go ahead.

If any mechanic insists on doing anything less than this, you should visit another mechanic.

(If you are getting repairs done) “Will you be using manufacturer recommended parts?”

Many mechanics try to save money by using parts that are made by 3rd party manufacturers. This can be risky because they could be lower quality and thus less reliable, meaning you will have to get them replaced soon in the future. 

To make sure your mechanic is using the parts that are exactly right for your car then you must ask this question to ensure your car is in good hands.

Fun Fact: We always use manufacturer recommended parts!

“How often should I service my car?”

A little known fact is that 50% of cars in Australia that were produced after the year 2000 only require 1 service a year – if done correctly!

Most of the other cars on the road require one service every 6 months, that is why this question is so important to ask because it could mean you might save hundreds on servicing your car.

Inside your logbook, the manufacturer would have included the amount of time, and kilometers driven, before your require another service. If the mechanic you’re speaking with says anything that directly contradicts what it says in your logbook, they are likely trying to take your for a ride!

Jan 27

5 Common Mistakes When Choosing New Tyres

1. Thinking all tyres are the same

No one tyre will not be suitable for all types of vehicles. That’s why it’s important to know exactly which type of tyre will suit your car and your budget best.

2. Buying cheap tyres

On the whole, cheap tyres are more likely to get you into an accident that good tyres could have avoided. This is because they increase your stopping distance and are more likely to blowout due to their poorer quality.

3. Buying ‘performance tyres’ without knowing their Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • Grip is improved
  • Handling is improved
  • Increased braking distance 
  • Increased safety and technology 
  • Quieter and more comfortable

CONS:

  • Fuel economy is decreased
  • The tyres will not last as long as ‘normal tyres’
  • Far more expensive (especially name brand ones) 

4. Buying the wrong tyres for your driving conditions or activity

When choosing the right tyres, you have to be mindful of what conditions you will mainly be driving in as this will determine the type of tyre you need to purchase. 

Racing/ Performance: If you are needing to use your car for an activity like racing you will need performance tyres, these will increase your vehicle’s handling and grip. 

Wet Weather: Driving in wet conditions means your tyres will take longer to heat up, this means it decreases the amount of grip your tyres have. Wet weather tyres makes it easier for the tyres to heat up due to their design which whisks water away more effectively 

Snow/ Mud/ Ice: Tyres that are optimal for conditions such as snow, mud or ice typically have larger block patterns which increase their ability to grip. Some will even have metal studs – especially those specifically made for driving over ice. The downside to these tyres is that they are incredibly noisy.

All Season:  If you’re planning to drive on multiple different conditions, or simply use your car to commute to and from work in a suburban setting, then these tyres are right for you. 

All Terrain: If you’re driving an SUV or a light truck then these tyres are suited for you. Their tread patterns are bigger and the tyres are medium hardness, making them suitable for activities such as off-roading. 

5. Buying tyres with the wrong specifications for your type/ model of car

If you would like to know exactly what size and type of tyres you need when purchasing a new set, look to your owners manual or tyre placard. The tyre placard can often be found in the glove box, on the inside of the drivers door, on the inside of your fuel cap, or under the bonnet of your car.

Dec 12

Wheel Alignment

Improper wheel alignment can cause your car to run less efficiently and will lead to faster wear and tear on your tyres. Thus it’s important to have your wheel alignments checked.

It’s recommended that a mechanic should check your alignment as a part of your annual car service or tyre change. Wheel alignment shouldn’t change unless steering parts become worn or damaged or your car has been involved in a collision. 

Although wheel alignments do not need to be performed that often they should be checked immediately after your car or wheels have been through a high impact collision (e.g hitting a pot-hole in high speeds or using off-road tracks for long distances).

Wheel alignments should only be performed by a Qualified Service Technician who have access to state-of-the-art realignment tools and know your vehicle’s specifications. A Qualified Service Technician will ensure the tyres to be aligned accurately to the exact specifications required for your car. 

How To Tell If Your Car Needs A Wheel Alignment 

It’s easy for yourself to see whether your wheels need to be realigned or not. Here are some tell tale signs of Unaligned Wheels. 

  • Car pulls to one side or the other when driving
  • Car shakes or shudder while driving at high speed
  • Uneven wear and tear on your tyre

 3 Types of Wheel Alignments

Toe In and Toe Out

Wheel Alignment, Toe in, Toe out

Camber Wheel Alignment

Wheel Alignment, Camber

Caster Wheel Alignment

Tyre Alignment Caster

Dec 02

What To Do When You Put The Wrong Fuel In Your Car?

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So you’ve put the wrong fuel in your car. What now?

One of the most dangerous things you can do for your car’s health is to put the wrong fuel through it. If you’ve done it, don’t panic just yet, there are a few steps you can take to ensure that you don’t cause permanent damage to your vehicle.

Step 1:

DO NOT TURN ON YOUR ENGINE OR DRIVE THE CAR! If you have, stop right now!

Step 2:

Push your car to a safe place where you can make a call.

Step 3:

If you have breakdown coverage, call them immediately. If not call any roadside assistance.

Step 4: 

Your car will then be taken to a professional to get drained and refueled.

Step 5:

Calm down, this isn’t the end of the world, it happens to the best of us! Call Wembley Autocare on (08) 9387 3888  and we will do the best we can! 

Do you have a Petrol or Diesel car? This could make all the difference!

There are two possible mistakes you could have made. Either you put Diesel in your Petrol car, or Petrol in your Diesel car. Worst case scenario is putting Petrol in your Diesel car, as this causes serious damage to the fuel lines and fuel pump while putting Diesel in a Petrol car is relatively harmless as the car will likely not even start

Dec 02

How Often Should I Service My Car?

If you’re wondering how often you should service your car please give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you work it out. If you’re wondering whether you can skip this year’s service because funds are a bit tight – our advice is: DON’T!

Why shouldn’t you delay? 

So often people come into CosmoCare Mechanical who have an issue with their car and tell us: “I thought my car was fine, it didn’t have this issue yesterday” or “It hasn’t been making strange noises, I don’t understand how this could suddenly happen”. The truth is, your car is a complex machine and sometimes issues can develop internally without strange noises occurring or your check engine light blinking until the problem is severe. Over time many parts throughout your car will become less effective if not maintained. This can cause a plethora of issues outlined here that can be quite expensive, not to mention significantly decreasing the safety of your car and/or its resale value.

So how often should you service your car?

Many mechanics will tell you that every car requires two services a year. This isn’t exactly true. A little known fact is that 99% of Mitsubishi’s, Ford’s, Volkswagen’s, KIA’s and Hyundai’s that were manufactured after 2000 only require one service a year because of their superior quality compared with other brands and older cars. This is specified by the manufacturer to fit with the engineering of the vehicle however some dealerships will still ask you to come in every 6 months. Most cars will tell you through one of means outlined below.

If your car is newer, it may have a light on your dash that looks something like this:


However, if your car does not have this indicator there are a few other ways to know that you’re due for a service.

For most cars over 15 years old, if you’ve driven 10,000km or for 6 months you may be due for a service. If your car is newer, this number will usually be 15,000km or 12 months.

Check your car’s logbook or owner’s manual. This will tell you the exact service interval by both time and kilometers. It is important to come in at least once every 12 months regardless of how many kilometers you drive, as old engine oil can cause internal sludge build-up which is quite bad for your engine. You can think of it as being like cholesterol deposits building up in your arteries!

Your check engine light is blinking or your car is making strange sounds. To some, this is an obvious sign that you need to take your car to the mechanic, but in our experience, many people regularly ignore these warning signs – our advice: DON’T

Nov 12

Top 5 Hidden Day Trip Destinations Near Perth

Little known to the majority of Perth locals, there is a vast array of natural locations that are little more than 2 hours away from it’s CBD. Get your walking shoes on, it’s time to explore the Top 5 Hidden Day Trip Destinations Near Perth!

1. Wungong Regional Park

Regional Park, Bedfordale

Ranging from breathtaking views of our city, walking trails with dramatic slopes and inclines, gorges to explore, several waterways and many serene picnic areas to put your feet up, this location has something for everyone. The highlight of this park is the Gorge Walk spanning a distance of 15km. While the views are spectacular, the trail is not for the faint-hearted, the slopes are intense and the trail is rough so bring good shoes if you’re planning to conquer this walk. A true gem of Western Australia that is a must-see.  

wungong-regional-park

2. Yanchep National Park

Trip Time From CBD: 40 min | Location: Yanchep National Park, Yanchep Beach Rd &, Indian Ocean Dr, Yanchep

This location is perfect for the family. The national park includes many picnic spots, a 240-meter koala boardwalk to full of many wonderful Australian animals, loads of wild Western Grey Kangaroos, over 400 caves to explore and the Tree Adventure which includes wobbling wooden bridges, tight ropes, cargo nets, zip lines and more for walkers to navigate through. An easy, yet adventurous day trip for the whole family.

Yanchep National Park

3. John Forrest National Park

Trip Time From CBD: 36 min | Location: John Forrest National Park, Park Rd, Hovea

Here at Wembley Autocare, our team rave about this location all the time. What keeps us going back is the spectacular wildlife, plant varieties and numerous walk trails. What we love the most however is the vast array of waterfalls that this park has on offer. Make sure to bring your bathers, the water looks so nice you’ll want a dip for sure! Another highlight is the abandoned railway tunnels that used to transport miners. After a day of exploring you can relax at the many picnic tables around the park right next to some friendly Kangaroos. If you’re looking for a beverage, the John Forrest Tavern is open right next to the picnic area and has a great selection on offer.

JohnForrest

4. The Secret Garden

Trip Time From CBD: 16 min | Location: Secret Garden, 2 Careniup Ave, Gwelup

Hidden in the heart of Suburban Gwellup, visiting this garden feels like you have stepped into a wonderland. Posited on top of a vast system of wetlands, the small, yet majestic walk trail will leave you stunned. There are paths to find, bridges to cross and vine covered trees to discover. Careful in the wet months as the ground can get quite mushy, but a good pair of shoes should make exploring easy!  

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5. Bells Rapids

Trip Time From CBD: 44 min | Location: Bells Rapids Park, Orlov Trail, Cathedral Ave, Brigadoon

Home of the Avon Decent, a yearly canoe race, the rapids are a true delight for anyone looking to get out of the house. Bells includes two unique walk trails, the 2.5km River walk and the 3km Goat walk, as well as Bells Falls spotted on the bottom right. The locations true gem is the walk bridge over the Swan River where the rapids lay, not ideal for swimming but ideal for exploring. Bring your walking shoes as the ground can be tough to walk on throughout the year.

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We hope you’re one step closer to a wonderful day trip…Have fun exploring!


Sep 30

Female Friendly Mechanics

Creating an environment where women feel comfortable and in control is Wembley Autocare’s #1 priority.

Many workshops purposefully attempt to mislead and intimidate women in hopes of ripping them off – and that is not okay! At other workshops you might have experienced;

  • An invoice that you suspected was too high for the work you needed
  • A condescending / rude tone from the mechanic
  • Confusion about the exact work being done
Wembley Autocare Owners

At Wembley Autocare, we believe that it is important for women to have the option of going to a female-friendly mechanic where they feel comfortable and in control.

So how do we ensure a female-friendly culture?

  • All our staff are respectful and courteous no matter what.
  • We don’t believe in making a profit by misleading or intimidating any customers.
  • We always make a point of ensuring that every customer knows exactly what work is being done to their vehicle, so you’ll never be out of the loop.
  • We encourage all customers to speak up with whatever query or concern they may have, and that’s the way it should be.
  • Our female management ensures a female-friendly culture

Book with Wembley Autocare today to get the service you know you deserve!