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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;

  • A bill 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 is respectful and courteous no matter what.
  • We don’t believe in making a profit through 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!