Sully’s Auto Has Expanded!

Sully’s Auto Has Expanded!

Sully’s Auto is proud to announce we have expanded to include a dedicated car air conditioning Jimboomba and surrounds service! You will get the same great service and experience as the car air conditioning Brisbane team. We will also be offering the same services outside of car air conditioning. This includes Paintless Dent Removal, Diagnostics, and Servicing.

Don’t hesitate, if you need your car looked at in the Jimboomba area, give Sully’s Auto a call on 0401 343 071 or use this contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

New Speed Limits on the M1/Pacific Motorway

New Speed Limits on the M1/Pacific Motorway

speedometer Today’s blog post is a Public Service Announcement. It is aimed for those who travel the M1/Pacific Motorway from Brisbane to the Gold Coast. Due to the Commonwealth Games next month, the speed limit has been lowered from 100km to 90km from the Gateway merge. The 110km zone has been lowered to 100km. These new laws started yesterday, so be aware and slow down! It was published today that camera and police cars will be out everywhere along the highway. What is also different about this change, is there will be no grace period if you get caught over the new limit. Usually there is a 28 day period of letting people off with a warning if they get pulled over. Not so this time! Even more reason to be safe, and slow down!

 

How To Check The Oil In Your Car

How To Check The Oil In Your Car

filling oil in carNo matter the kind of car you have or how frequently you get it serviced, checking the oil weekly is a vital part of maintaining it. Checking your oil weekly means that if you start having to refill it frequently, you’ll know there’s a problem. Knowing this means you can get the problem fixed sooner, rather than waiting until there’s a major problem.

Do you know how to check and fill your oil? Yes? Good on you! No? Not to worry, the team at Sully’s Auto are here to help you out! We have outlined the steps below and kept it as straightforward as possible.

What you need:

  • A clean cloth
  • A motor oil that is compatible with your car engine. If you are unsure, places like Supercheap Auto have reference guides for you to look up your car and choose the correct oil.
  • a funnel for pouring oil into the inlet. This saves spillage.

Once you have all the items you need, follow the steps below.

  1. Make sure your car’s engine is cool. Checking the oil when the engine is hot and the oil is more viscous (thin) might make the level appear lower than it actually is. Locate the oil dipstick under your bonnect. Check your manual if you are unsure of its location.
  2. Pull out the dipstick and wipe it off with the cloth until it is clean.
  3. Reinsert the dipstick all the way and pull out again
  4. Check the oil level at the very tip of the stick. If it’s at full, you can leave it. If it’s half-full or less, then it’s time for a top up!
  5. Put the funnel into the dipstick inlet, and top up with oil. They don’t hold very much, maybe a litre, so be careful not to overfill.
  6. Remove funnel and let oil settle
  7. Check dipstick again.

Make a note of the date you check the oil, and do it again a week later. If it has gone down considerably in that week, you probably have a leak somewhere that needs attention!

We hope this will assist you in checking your car for potential problems!

 

How To Change a Tyre

How To Change a Tyre

how to change a tyre It’s almost certain that at some point in your driving life, you’ll end up with a flat tyre. Surprisingly, many people have no idea how to change a tyre in an emergency breakdown! While we are the Brisbane car air conditioning experts, Sully’s Auto is also committed to providing information that is relevant to owning a car.

The most important start to this guide is to make sure the spare tyre you keep in your car is in good condition. Make sure you have the tools for changing a tyre stored in your car as well. Without these two essential things, you aren’t going to be able to get any further.

Steps For Changing a Tyre

  1. Ensure all passengers are out of the car, and the handbrake is applied. If your car is an automatic, make sure it’s set in Park. For manual cars, it needs to be in gear.
  2. Use bricks or other heavy items to secure the wheels on the opposite side of the car to prevent rolling.
  3. Remove the hub cap or centre cover to access the wheel nuts, and loosen them with the wrench. Do not remove them all the way yet!
  4. Find the jacking point underneath your car, and slide the jack into position. If you are unsure where this is, check your car’s manual.
  5. Slowly raise the car enough to be able to safely lift the flat tyre off.
  6. Loosen and remove the wheel nuts the rest of the way, and then slide the tyre towards you, and lift it off the axle.
  7. Put the spare tyre into place, and replace the wheel nuts. Make sure they are going on the correct way! Hand tighten them as much as possible.
  8. Carefully lower the vehicle back to the ground. Once that is done, remove the jack, and tighten the wheel nuts firmly with the wrench.
  9. Replace the hub cap or centre cover, put the flat tyre and wheel kit back in your boot.
  10. Continue on your way and take the tyre to be fixed or replaced.

We hope this quick guide has been helpful to you! Over the coming week we will be posting more quick guides with handy car tips, if you have any suggestions on content, leave a comment below!

Preventative Maintenance – It’s Essential!

Preventative Maintenance – It’s Essential!

jumper cables on battery Getting your car serviced by a mechanic is a key requirement in order to keep you on the road. While all the big mechanical work should be left to the professionals to handle, there are a few things that you can do to lower the overall cost of your car performance. This is called preventative maintenance, and is something every car owner should know how to do.

Overall Inspection

Every week you should do a general external inspection of your car. Check your lights are working; headlights, brake lights, fog lights, reverse lights, indicators. Check your tyres for bubbling or foreign objects, uneven wear, tyre pressure and tread. Run the car for a period of time and check for unusual noises like rattling or buzzing.

Check Fluid Levels

Your car requires a variety of different fluids designed to keep your car’s engine lubricated and running smoothly. Most fluids get changed when you get your car serviced, but it is a good idea to check the levels in between services. If you’re constantly having to top any up, there could be a leak somewhere that requires attention. Fluids you can easily check and top up include your transmission fluid, coolant, windscreen wiper fluid and oil. Always check your car’s manual for the specific requirements before topping anything up. If in doubt, ask your mechanic.

Check Your Battery

Unless you own a fully electric car, without a battery your car won’t run! Over time, the battery connections  can get a build up of mineral deposits,  or acid might leak out. Therefore, it is important to check for these things regularly. If there is a build up of gunk around your terminals, it can be easily removed with a battery cleaning brush and a special cleaning fluid.

Check Your Windscreen Wiper Blades

Most blades are made of rubber and will quite quickly degrade in extremely hot or wet conditions. Wiper blades are very easy to replace. It is also a great idea to regularly clean the inside of your windscreen as often as you do the outside.

Taking care of this maintenance regularly will ensure that your car stays happy in between services. The team at Sully’s Auto Car Air Conditioning Brisbane hope this has been an informative post. We hope you have had a great start to the week!

5 Car Cleaning Hacks to Save You Time & Money

5 Car Cleaning Hacks to Save You Time & Money

 It’s a fact of life that when it comes to cleaning our own cars, we tend to let it go longer than we should. Today, the team at Sully’s Auto are going to share some quick hacks for keeping your car looking clean and tidy with little effort.

 

  1. Toothpaste will clean the cloudiness off your headlights! Apply a layer of toothpaste to your headlights, and then scrub off.
  2. Magic Erasers will make quick work of cleaning your leather seats and interiors without leaving smells or residue
  3. Use a slightly damp sock to wipe over your air vents and speakers to get rid of dust
  4. Use a wooden clothes peg dipped in essential oils for a quick, easy car air freshener. Just peg to your air vents
  5. Don’t forget the inside of your windshield needs to be cleaned as well as the outside. Use warm water, a few drops of vinegar and dish washing liquid and wipe the inside of your windshield.
  6. If you have children in car seats, put down a sheet or towel under their seats to catch the inevitable mess that happens with kids in cars!

We hope these quick tips help save you time, money and get your car looking better! Don’t forget, for any of your mechanical needs, you can contact Sully’s Auto via the link here, or by phoning us directly.

Have You Checked Your Tyres Lately?

Have You Checked Your Tyres Lately?

person changing tyre Checking the amount of wear on your tyres is something most of us don’t really think of, until something happens. When you get a service done on your car, it is a good idea to get your tyre’s pressure checked, rotated and balanced to ensure even wear. Driving on worn tyres, particularly in wet conditions, means you’re unable to stop safely. This can mean you end up sliding over the road. Other potential issues include bubbling, or even a blowout.

So, how do you know if your tyres are reaching the end of their life? All tyres have little markers in the treads to use as a base for when your tyres should be replaced. If the wear isn’t even all around, it could mean your car is unbalanced or the tyre pressure is uneven in all four tyres. If there is hardly any tread at all, or smooth areas anywhere on your tyres, it is vital to get them replaced as soon as possible.

Haven’t looked at your tyres for a while, why not get them checked out today? It could save you some strife or even an accident.

Air Filters and Your Car

Air Filters and Your Car

Car Air Conditioner When you take your car in for a service, the mechanic will provide you with an itemised invoice explaining what work was done. Going through the invoice, are you confused by separate entries for an air filter, and a cabin air filter? Aren’t they the same thing, regarding your car air conditioning? Well, the answer is yes they both involve cooling your car, and no, they are not the same thing. Today we explain the difference so you don’t think you’re being ripped off.

What is the Air Filter?

The air filter is essentially air conditioning for your engine. It is found in a sealed compartment within the engine bay. This ensures air going into the engine from outside is free from dust, debris, pollen and other allergens. It is essential to get this filter replaced regularly to make sure it is doing its job properly. Problems can arise if it gets blocked, such as increased engine wear and fuel consumption to run the car.

What is the Cabin Filter?

This separate filter is actually inside your car air conditioning system, to filter out dirt, dust and pollen coming through the vents in the dashboard of the car. This air is what actually cools you down. It also filters odours from outside and the exhaust system. It can also clog up over time, and will need to be replaced regularly to make sure you get the most benefit out of your air conditioning. If you leave it too long, mould and odours can build up and end up in the car cabin, and nobody wants to smell that!

We hope this has cleared up any confusion you might have had about air filters and what they do. If you think that your filters haven’t been changed for a while, Sully’s Auto can help with that! Contact us now and we’ll have both yourself and your engine staying cool, calm and collected!

 

Happy Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day!

 The team at Sully’s Auto hope you have a safe and enjoyable long weekend. If you are travelling anywhere in Brisbane we hope your car air conditioning is doing its job!! If it isn’t, contact our car air conditioning team and we’ll get it sorted for your next big day out!

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

hail damage brisbane While car air conditioning is our specialty at Sully’s Auto, we also offer our expertise in a range of other areas! Today’s blog post is outlining what else we can do for your car!

Paintless Dent Removal – if you have a small ding in your car that hasn’t damaged the paint, don’t fret! There’s a very good chance we can get the dent out for you, and you wouldn’t even know anything had happened! You can find out more about PDR here.

Engine Diagnostics – All modern cars use advanced electronic systems as standard.  When something goes wrong, the easiest way to figure out the problem is to use a scan tool that finds the error code. Even if we are unable to fix the issue, we are able to tell you what the problem is and guide you on what to do next. Find out about our diagnostic services here.

Minor Servicing & Mechanical – If your car just needs the basic consumables replaced, like fluids and filters, we can do that for you! We are also able to do your brakes so you can stop fast when you need to! You can find out more about our mechanical & servicing here.

Now you know what other  services we offer as well as car air conditioning Brisbane area, feel free to contact us any time to see how we can help!

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