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How A Mobile Mechanic Can Lower Your Monthly Car Maintenance Costs

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Choosing to call a mobile mechanic has many advantages. The whole premise of having a mobile mechanic is set on providing convenience, and excellent service at competitive prices. However, one of the most commonly asked questions is whether or not mobile mechanics are actually cheaper than shop mechanics and the answer is, they are! You can take advantage of this and enjoy low car maintenance costs.

At Jim’s Mobile Mechanics we believe that good car service does not need to have a hefty price tag attached to it. Below are two great reasons why our services are more affordable and how choosing to work with us will help you save money.

   1. Mobile mechanics have fewer overheads

This is simple, the fewer overheads that a mechanic has means that they can charge less for the same services. The fact that mobile mechanics have fewer expenses that they incur to run their business means that there are less costs that are passed on to you as a mobile mechanic’s customer.

At Jim’s Mobile Mechanics we take pride in offering premium car servicing at competitive prices. Feedback from customers highlight that they received a clear understanding of the work performed and value for money. Call us and experience it for yourself.

   2. Mobile mechanics work on demand

For many people, your car’s downtime can result in a potential loss of income.
A common scenario – Vehicle won’t start, you have clients to visit or a road trip planned. You need the car. The next appointment at the dealership or local garage is 3 days away. That probably means organising alternate transport or canceling your meetings.

When you choose to work with a mobile mechanic, you get to speak with the mechanic straight away and we come to you. This will help you to reduce your downtime and you can continue to work as you need to with minimal interruption. If you want to reduce your car maintenance costs, give us a ring today!

At  Jim’s Mobile Mechanics we have a team of qualified and experienced mechanics. They are able to deal with any car issue that can come up. So, what are you waiting for? Book an appointment with one of our mechanics by calling 131 546 today!

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5 basic check before you hit the open road

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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!

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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.

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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.

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  • 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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Main Reasons Why Your Car Isn’t Starting And How A Mobile Mechanic Can Help

Main Reasons Why Your Car Isn’t Starting And How A Mobile Mechanic Can Help

Can you imagine the panic when you want to rush off to work in the morning and your car sputters then fails to start! ‘Why is this happening?’ Unfortunately, there could be any number of possibilities causing this, which is why the help of a mobile mechanic could be just the tonic you need. At Jim’s Mobile Mechanics we can come to you and ensure that your car is back up and running in no time. Below is a list of possible reasons why your car would refuse to start and how we will be able to help you get it running again.  

  1. A FLAT BATTERY

One of the main signs that you have a dead or defective battery is when it fails to start the car. A car’s engine cannot function if this critical component fails to supply it with enough power to ignite the fuel reaction. A battery usually goes flat if interior lights or other electrical components are left on overnight. To get it up and running you can try jump-starting it. Jim’s Mobile Mechanics can test your battery and charging system to get to the bottom of the issue. We also carry a range of replacement batteries on board.

  1. A CONTAMINATED FILTER

A car has many filters that are designed to prevent contaminants from entering your cars’ engine, cabin, and fuel system. They assist to keep the moving parts of an engine running smoothly. As the fuel filter begins to clog, you may notice signs such as sluggish response, less power than usual, or difficulty starting the car. This could well be the time to replace your fuel filter. It is recommended to replace the fuel filter in accordance with the service schedule in your owner’s manual, however certain environmental factors (such as the areas you use your vehicle), may make it prudent to change it more regularly. For peace of mind, our qualified mechanics can inspect the condition of your filter and recommend if it requires replacement. Jim’s Mobile Mechanics can also perform this as part of your service.

 

 

  1. A TIMING BELT PROBLEM

A car’s timing belt ensures the engine’s valves open and closes when they must so that they do not have contact with the pistons. Many car users will not be familiar with this component but it’s one of the most critical parts of the engine. If the timing belt fails it can lead to extensive damage to the engine. Jim’s Mobile Mechanics can assess the condition of your vehicle’s timing belt during a routine service.

  1. A FAULTY STARTER MOTOR

This is a very common cause of a car failing to start. The starter motor is connected to the battery and is the key to set all the other parts in motion. If you hear a loud clicking sound when you start your car (and you have noticed difficulty starting the engine recently), it could be a sign that the starter motor is faulty. Jim’s Mobile Mechanics can arrange a suitable replacement for a wide variety of makes and models.

There is no need to take time out of your day to get your car service. We will come to you. At Jim’s Mobile Mechanics we have a team of qualified and experienced mechanics that will be able to come and help you at your point of need. So, what are you waiting for? If your car is refusing to start, Call 131 546 today!