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How to maintain your Car in Winter

Maintain your Car in winter

Winter and your Car

June is here and simply winter is upon us and temperatures have dropped. Preparing and maintaining your vehicle for the change is a great step in trouble-free motoring. Preventative maintenance and checks are better than any cure. At Jim’s Mobile Mechanics we have listed the top tips you can use to keep you moving during these colder months:

1. A winter service for your car is always a good thing

Many reasons why we don’t service our vehicle on time. However, regular servicing of your vehicle can highlight potential issues or concerns. A service will consist of a thorough check of the vehicle and immediate attention to anything that needs replacing. A frequently serviced vehicle has a greater lifespan than one that isn’t. Keeping your car in good condition not only keeps you safe when you are out on the road, but it can keep a few extra dollars in your pocket.

2. Have your battery checked.

During winter, it’s likely to be under additional strain. Shorter trips, reduced daylight, and using your lights and internal components more, generally means that it’s going to be working harder. Always get your battery checked as they rarely fail at a convenient time!

3.  Correct oil and coolant levels

Engine oil, coolant, transmission, brake, and power steering fluids are all vital for vehicle longevity. Check your fluid levels regularly and have them replaced as required. The vehicle may appear fine now however, prevention is always better than breakdown.
If you are unsure of how to check the levels, your car service manual is full of hints and tips to assist.

4. Check and clean your head and tail lights!

Reduced daylight, fog, snow generally means that you are relying heavily on your lights. It is also to ensure that others road users can see you.

5. Check your tyres.

Australia can throw all weather conditions at you as a driver, especially at this time of year. With cold, wet, and wintery conditions, you want the best out of your tyres and having the right pressure is the first step. Always check the tyre placard generally located on the driver’s door for your vehicle’s tyre pressures.

6. Prepare your windscreen and wipers by cleaning them thoroughly

Check your wiper blades first. If your wipers are quiet and smooth and clear the water off the windscreen, then they are probably working correctly. If the wiper blades are squeaky, loud and they leave sections uncleaned or streaky, it may be time to have the wipers replaced.
During winter, Jim’s Mobile Mechanics, your local mobile mechanic can come to you, service your vehicle or attend to your breakdown and give you that peace of mind that Jim’s is renowned for.



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5 Basic Checks Before You Hit The Open Road

Basic Checks Before You Hit The Open Road

As the Easter long weekend is now only a hop, skip, and a jump away, you may be considering using this opportunity to get back on the open road, to visit some of the favourite places you have been missing or to explore some of the exciting places you have so far only read about!

With the various lockdowns that have been endured and the increase in the numbers of people working from home, it may be that your car has played a smaller part in your life recently than it used to. And yet, we expect them to be ready to go when we are!

By performing checks on your car regularly, you increase your chances of catching any potential problems before they become an expensive repair.

Here are 5 Basic Checks You Can Do Before You Hit The Open Road…

Regular checks and maintenance are all it takes to avoid potential car reliability problems.

These simple tips can help you keep your car in shape and ready for your adventure!


1. Oil Level

Oil is the lifeblood of your engine, keeping the internals lubricated and functioning as intended. To get an accurate reading of your oil level, follow these steps:

  • Park the car on level ground.
  • Oil can be checked when the engine is hot or cold. Check the owner’s manual if you are unsure.  If you have had the vehicle running, turn the engine off and wait a few minutes for the oil to settle.
  • Remove the oil dipstick and wipe clean.
  • Reinsert the dipstick all the way and then remove once more to check the level on the dipstick. Should you need to top up the oil, ensure you are using the recommended viscosity for your engine and top up in small amounts. Allow time for the oil to reach the sump and repeat the process to check the oil level. It is important not to overfill the oil.
  • Remember to push the dipstick fully in when you have finished your checks.
  • If you are regularly filling your car with oil, this could be a sign of a bigger problem and you should consult a qualified mechanic.


2. Water/Coolant Level

‘Do not remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot. Always let the engine cool for a few hours to avoid injury.’ Checking your water/coolant level is easy and should be performed on a weekly basis. Your car should be on a level surface and allowed to cool. Most cars carry a reservoir (as seen in the picture above) with MIN and MAX markings on the exterior allowing you to observe the current level. A quick check of the radiator coolant is as easy as looking at the level in the plastic overflow bottle of most cars. The coolant level should be in between the high and low markings. Should you need to top up the level, a 50/50 mix of coolant and demineralised (or distilled) water is recommended. Refer to your owner’s manual to ensure you are using a coolant that is suitable for your vehicle. Make sure to only top up to the MAX marker. Do not fill all the way. Tyre_presure_and_condition

3. Tyre Pressure and Condition

Your tyres are the only contact your car has to the road. If you are about to embark on that road trip, it is great timing to check and see if you need a new set of tyres. A few quick checks prior to driving are a must to keeping you and your family safe.

  • Tyre pressures if incorrect can reduce the life of your tyres, may make your car less safe and is often uncomfortable to drive. The correct tyre pressures specifically for your car are located on the tyre placard. This can be found on the driver’s side front door. Failing this, refer to your owner’s manual.


  • Check to see if your tyres have enough tread. Tyres should have a minimum of 1.5 mm of tread across the entire tread surface. Tyres have wear indicators located between the grooves in the tread (as seen in the image above). When the tread is worn to the indicators, it is time for a new tyre.
  • Check your tyres for:
    • Uneven or abnormal wear.
    • Damage such as cracks or bulges. This could indicate a suspension or steering problem.
  • Regularly rotating your tyres (swapping the front tyres for the rear) helps even out the wear and extend tyre life. It would be a good idea to have this done before a big trip.

Don’t forget to perform the same checks for your spare tyre. Just because it is out of sight, it should not be out of mind.  windscreen_washer_Check

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4. Windscreen Washer and Wiper Function

Washer fluid:

Fill your washer bottle with clean water and a small amount of windscreen-washer additive if you wish. Avoid using kitchen and laundry detergents as they may damage your paintwork and wiper blades.

Windscreen wipers:

Clear visibility out of your windscreen is fundamental to safe driving. If your wipers are torn, noisy or do not clean your windscreen, visibility could be compromised, so a simple check prior to leaving on your road trip is a must. Operating the wipers on a dry windscreen could scratch and damage the windscreen. This could affect visibility. Make sure fluid is introduced to the windscreen before operating the wipers. taillight-indicator-check

5. Checking Headlights, Taillights and Indicators

Having working lights can often be overlooked. Get help from a friend or a family member and test your indicators and headlights, including the high beams. If you cannot get a friend or family member to help, use a glass window or check against a wall to test the reverse lights, taillights and brake lights.  Checking_headlights_check Finally, don’t forget to top up your fuel before you set off. It may sound like an obvious one, but many people don’t fill up before they leave and find themselves getting stuck in traffic or in unfamiliar surroundings only to realise they’re low on fuel. Avoid the inconvenience and fill up the car prior to leaving. You are all set! Stay safe and enjoy yourselves! And don’t forget, Jim’s Mobile Mechanics are here to assist with any servicing, maintenance or repairs you may need. And we come to you! Click here to read more: Jim’s Mobile Mechanics Services

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Things You Should Know For Your Vehicle Service In Sydney

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We all appreciate how important it is to schedule regular doctor appointments to maintain our own health and wellbeing. This applies in a similar way to our vehicles as well. Each manufacturer, as they release a new car, release a logbook with a service schedule they deem best to maintain the reliability, performance and safety of your car. We will describe each of the three most common service levels in this blog. If in doubt, it is best to be guided by your manufacturer’s logbook to ensure any items that require inspection or replacement are included at your next service.

1.Lube Service

Recommended at every service interval for every car, your engine oil is the lifeblood of your car’s engine. Regular oil and oil filter replacement will assist in maintaining the efficiency of your engine. Jim’s Mobile Mechanics can perform a lube service for you. We will also check your vital fluids, your tyre pressure and tread level and visually inspect the engine bay for any noticeable signs of wear or leaks.

2.Basic/Interim Service

Building on from the Lube Service, Jim’s Mobile Mechanics can tailor a service to suit your car, based on its age and current kilometre reading. We can inspect and replace (where necessary) your air and/or cabin filter, fuel filter, windscreen wiper blades, top-up transmission fluid and coolant. We will inspect your lights, battery and charging capabilities, the Brake Function and component wear and advise of any items we recommend that require monitoring and/or replacing. We can even rotate your tires.

3.Full Service

We will refer to your manufacturers’ logbook to ensure your car is given a comprehensive inspection for your peace of mind. All the items as mentioned in the interval service will be covered, with the addition of suspension components, wheel/hub inspections and any other items specified in the manufacturer logbook based on the kilometre reading or age of your vehicle. Any items can be quoted and submitted for your approval prior to the commencement of any work being carried out.

4.Manufacturer Service

This is the most expensive but comprehensive service that a car can get. Basically, every aspect of your car will be checked and all the nitty-gritty will be dealt with. A few of the checks that will be performed include, tyre tread and pressure check, charging system check, battery check, exhaust check, wheel alignment check, windscreen wipers check, light check, suspension check and shock absorbers check.

At Jim’s Mobile Mechanics we have a team full of qualified and experienced mechanics. They are able to service any car and have it running as good as new. So, what are you waiting for? Book an appointment with one of our mechanics by calling 131 546 today!