Do you own an older car?
You have had it since new; you’ve already paid for it! Mum still drives it; your teenager has always wanted a Capri! It was a bargain at the auctions …
Most of us grow tired of our used cars long before they’re used-up cars. Why throw away a 10 – 15 year old vehicle that can go 200,000 + kms if given the right care?
Adjusting the timing, setting the points, ensuring the dwelling angle is correct, replacing a condenser…… if you ask most technicians what these things are they may have trouble talking about or understanding the Kettering system!
Technology in cars like electronic fuel injection and electronic control units certainly have simplified servicing and “tuning” a car if the right computer equipment is used, but they have also made the process more involved for the mechanic who must be trained to a higher level. These older vehicles have a very simple electronic system and rely on mechanical components to run to their best.
At Sutherland Shire Auto Centre we can help you!
David is very, very experienced in this area (probably cause he is old!) and he has passed his extensive knowledge of dual point systems and dwell angles onto the rest of the team.
A correctly serviced and tuned engine will have a longer, more economical service life than one that is run into the ground with minimal or inappropriate attention. It can also pre-warn or potentially major problems with the engine, transmission, brakes and steering.
Some problems with older cars we can also address……
Vehicles built during the last couple of decades usually have plastic composite headlamps that weather and dull over time. Sutherland Shire Auto Centre offers a headlight restoration service – this can sometimes be required for a Pink Slip too. In a short while we can turn a dull, yellowed headlight clear, instantly improving illumination and makes your old car look nicer.
Revitalize the A/C
Like your home air conditioner, your car’s air conditioner can suffer buildups of mould, mildew and bacteria. An air conditioner clean purifies your air conditioner, killing the bacteria and germs that build up in the system, taking away that musty, stale smell of wet towels, animals, food and smoke. This process cleans the entire air conditioning system and passenger area, leaving your car smelling …….. clean!
But it is such a hard ride and doesn’t stop well!
Replacing the shock absorbers, springs, dampers or struts can make a huge difference in how a car drives. New shock absorbers make a big difference on their own, but while they’re off the car, you might consider rebuilding the suspension and steering system with new ball joints and tie rod ends for a softer, more fuel economical ride. Our technicians will advise you of the best options.
The same goes for brakes. Worn disc and pads seriously degrade performance and stopping distance. The older vehicle brake shoes have seperate adjusters for each shoe, and an incorrect adjustment will see the vehicle swerve when the brakes are applied.
Have our experienced team at Sutherland Shire Auto Centre help maintain your older vehicle. Call us on 9542 2260 to make a booking
Remember – Most new vehicle manufacturer’s warranties will be voided unless your vehicle is serviced every 6 months or 10000 km. Maintaining your warranty’s coverage is getting your servicing done to the manufacturer’s specifications.