Why Servicing Your Car is Essential
Do you care about your car? Do you want the ultimate in road safety for you and your family? If that’s a “Yes, Yes,” then you would be aware that your car requires periodical inspections along with those components having a use-by-date either replaced or replenished.
There are a number of fluids which have a limited life. Your brake fluid is good for around 2 years but should be tested from time to time for security. Your power steering fluid the same, 2 years and your radiator coolant should last for 2 years but not always, so have it tested along with the above.
Last but not least, your engine and transmission oil and oil filter are the life blood of your engine. Diesel engines have additional lubrication requirements.
You Can Have a Custom Servicing Plan Best Suited to How You Use Your Car
The base-line specifications for servicing a car begins at 6 months or 10,000 km. If you use your car for frequent long trips with no stop start city driving then the requirements may vary from a low mileage car with short trips with lots of stop-start city driving.
In either of these situations the common denominator is the need for inspection. Todays cars are more electronic than mechanical and that means brakes, steering and many more critical components are reliant on the car’s electrical systems for reliability and safe driving. Highway Auto pioneered electronic diagnostic systems so we are well placed to plan which service is best for your car.
Ring Steve for more information and costing - (07) 4926 1303.
Vehicle Servicing is all about preventative maintenance and Your Safety.
Yes, we can trim down the cost of running you car, SUV or 4WD.
This really shouldn’t be a problem. Every car needs attention on a regular and ongoing basis. Otherwise, small issues can easily escalate into large and expensive issues or affect the reliability or safety of your car.
How often you need to have your car serviced comes down to how many kilometres you travel, how long it is since the last service, and whether it’s due for a scheduled service. This is an opportunity for you to have a custom servicing plan which best fits your car and the way you drive it.
Ring Steve now on (07) 49 261 303 for more information and how much you will save.
There are major and minor services. A minor service is usually a change of oil and filters, plus a check that everything is operating as it should. A major service is more comprehensive and, naturally, more expensive. Major services are usually scheduled at 60,000 km intervals. Minor services should be undertaken every 10,000 or no later than 15,000 km.
The most important thing to do is to refer to your owner’s manual. Some manufacturers require six-monthly services, effectively doubling the cost (and if you ignore the recommendations, you void your warranty, so make sure you check it out).
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Some return for your outlay
Apart from the obvious peace of mind that you get from regular servicing, your car will provide better service and probably last longer. And when the time comes to sell your car, a comprehensive service record will increase its appeal to buyers, and boost its sale price, Highway Auto Servicing will make sure your service book is always stamped and your records kept up to date.
Don’t ignore your in-car warning lights
These days, most cars have a number of dashboard warning lights to warn you if something goes awry with your engine, oil level, coolant level, braking system and even tyre pressure. Your owner’s manual will explain what each warning light means, and what you should do if one illuminates. If in doubt ring Steve on (07) 49 261 303 for assistance.
Some fault messages require immediate action, such as pulling off the road and shutting down the engine before major damage is done. If you see a warning light, don’t ignore it act immediately.
Vehicles and the automotive systems we service.
Highway Auto Car Servicing proudly provides complete car care for your Alfa Romeo, Datsun and Ford. We service a lot of Ford Falcons and Ford Lasers. Lately a very popular make is Holden Commodore and Holden Colorado and we see many Holden Astra and Astra Hatch. Another make that keeps us busy is the Land Rover, you may have one on your wish list, the one with front fog lights, keyless entry and three zone climate control.
Mitsubishi Repair & Servicing Specialist Rockhampton.
Rockhampton seems to be the home of Mitsubishi vehicles as we service a lot of Mitsubishi Magnas and Mitsubishi Colts and not forgetting the Outlander. The best Utes out of Mitsubishi that we like to service are the Triton range with the 4 cylinder Turbo Diesel with climate control and all suspension upgrades. Another popular one from Mitsubishi is their Triton Exceed with four door double cab.
Another one that we service a lot of is the Mitsubishi Lancer ES Sport and we use only the highest standard premium engine oil in this baby. Mitsubishi Pajero auto and manual shift are regulars in our service department, a popular 4WD some with air-conditioning and some models with climate control and very efficient cabin air filters.
Nissan Repair & Servicing Specialist Rockhampton.
Highway Auto Car Servicing are Nissan Vehicle specialists. We offer the very best service and attention to detail when servicing all vehicles. Our Fleet Vehicle register includes many Nissan Navara Utes, a real workhorse that is cheap to service and very reliable. My favourite Nissan is The Nissan Patrol SUV and the Nissan Pathfinder 6 cylinder automatic.
We service a lot of Nissan Pathfinders mainly the 4 cylinder Turbo Diesel with climate control and a great cabin air filter that needs to be serviced regularly. A major fleet company entrusts us to look after their client's Nissan X-Trail fleet so we hold plenty of spare parts and premium quality engine and transmission oil for the Nissan range.
Toyota 4WD range of vehicles Repair & Servicing Specialist Rockhampton.
Highway Auto Car Servicing are the approved Toyota aftermarket service facility in Rockhampton. We carry ample stocks of spares to service all Toyota vehicles large and small. We service a large fleet of Toyota Camry and Toyota Corolla vehicles and one of our bigger fleet customers has a fleet of Toyota Rav4 and some Toyota Kluger, Prado and Landcruiser. We are proud to service this large fleet and provide them with uncompromising service and meticulous attention to detail.
Highway Auto offer a lifetime workmanship guarantee* and free under bonnet inspections.
Highway Auto is a trusted automotive garage and specialist auto repair shop, we have faith in our ability so we give you a lifetime guarantee* on workmanship along with the appropriate warranty on parts and supplies. We offer pensioner concessions and free under bonnet checks for regular customers along with fair pricing every day.
It’s always a good idea to have your car inspected for safety and reliability if nothing else. Your airbags and cabin air filters along with air-conditioning and climate control are some of the in cabin items on the list. Your vehicle is useless without a reliable auto electrical system for starting the engine and an alternator to charge your battery.
We notice some vehicles presented for repairs and service have worn drive belts (once known as fan belts) so a belt replacement is in order if the vehicle has done over 90,000 km.
Highway Auto Brakes will do a brake safety inspection with a full report.
Brake pads and brake hydraulic fluid are wear items that need to be inspected from time to time. Highways will test your brake fluid to confirm it’s still okay and measure your brake pads and brake disc rotors, these are included in our 88 point inspection service. A car tune-up is a good idea for older cars as it will restore power, reliability and economy.
Car servicing is our specialty and we offer variations depending on your car's age and distance travelled and importantly how you use your car day to day. No sense paying for something you’re car doesn't need so talk to us about setting up a service plan tailored for you and your car.
Climate control and car air-conditioning are so important in Australia you can have your vehicle checked for air Cond performance anytime.
Highway Auto Electrics are ECU, EFI, ABS, electronic diagnosis specialists, get a full report and quote.
Check Engine Light. When you see your check engine light illuminate you know something is amiss so come in and let us check your Electronic Control Systems to determine just what the problem is. It can be as simple as a loose connection or a battery telling you it’s about to die.
One thing is for sure, it won't go away and will cause you more grief the longer you wait. Your car's electrical/electronic systems are now a part of your brakes, steering and stability control.
All of this is connected to your Electronic Control Unit (ECU) which is also in charge of battery charging, climate control, electronic petrol injection, anti-skid braking and dynamic brake control.
Highway Auto offer a free consulting service, tell us your car troubles and we'll walk you through with advice and pricing.
Taking the mystery out of automotive terminology: Accelerator controls engine RPM. Airbag is deployed on collision. Air conditioner controls cabin temperature. Air filter cleans the air entering the engine.
Air vent is usually dash mounted permitting air to enter the cabin. Alarm is a warning device. All-wheel-drive means that all 4 wheels are connected to the power train thus providing excellent traction. Alternator is the device that charges the battery.
Antenna is a wireless signal receiver. Anti-lock-brakes are controlled by an electronic processor which counts the revolutions of each road wheel releasing hydraulic pressure as required to prevent wheel lock-up. Auto is an abbreviation for automatic which could mean automatic transmission. Axle is the connection between the vehicle and the wheel.
More information on motor vehicle terminology: Backup lights are also known as reversing lights. Battery is self-explanatory is the heart of the modern vehicle. Bonnet also known as the hood, front hinged piece of the car body.
Brake light is triggered by the stop light switch attached to the brake pedal. Brake pedal is foot operated and connected to the vehicle's hydraulic and power boost braking system.
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Examples of vehicles we service
● Isuzu Ute
● Land Rover