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Batteries and the cold
Misfuelling your car and what to do!
Maintaining Tyre life
Air Conditioning and winter
Keep your car cool this summer


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Batteries and the cold

Batteries can die at any time of year but it's more likely in winter when cold temperatures hit car batteries with a triple-whammy:
power output drops
ability to accept a charge drops, so the battery doesn't recharge as quickly when you're driving
load increases – lights, blowers, wipers, heated seats, rear-screen heater etc are all used more
A helpful tip is to turn off your accessories before you crank you engine.  This reduces the intial load on cranking giving your battery the best chance of survival this Winter.

Misfuelling your car and what to do!

Ever put the wrong fuel in your car???
No 1 Rule if your in doubt DO NOT TURN YOUR ENGINE OVER
With the increase in diesel passenger cars available its becoming a common problem. Petrol in diesel engines acts as a solvent reducing lubrication and can cause damage to fuel pumps and in some cases if petrol is allowed to travel through to the engine complete break down which can result in needing a new engine. 
Always double check the fuel grade indicator on the pump before filling.
The risk of misfuelling is higher if:

Maintaining Tyre life

We all know how expensive Tyres are these days and its a cost that car owners have to face.  When you do purchase your new tyres it's a good idea to get a Wheel Alignment at the same time.  A Wheel Alignment is going to make sure your steering is set at the correct specifications for your car.  Alignment can be out for a number of reasons, worn steering parts, potholes in the road or that dreaded gutter rash when you accidentally hit the kerb.  If  your alignment is out your tyres will wear inconsistently and you could be up for new tyres faster than you expected.  If you are wrestling with your steering wheel and the car feels like its pulling left or right its time to see us for a wheel alignment and tyre inspection.  Correct tyre pressure at all times is another reason tyres wear faster than you would expect.  Under inflated tyres can cause your tyres to loose thousand of  klms of life.  Inside the drivers door of nearly every vehicle in Australia is a tyre plaque.  This plaque tells you what size tyres are legal for your car and what tyre pressure you should maintain.  Get to know this plaque and if your not sure pop in to Island Auto Repairs and we can explain it to you.  Over inflation can cause your tyres to be stressed and the side walls to become split so if  you are not sure how to use a tyre guage call in and we can show you how.  These simple tips can save you money not only on your tyres but your fuel ecomony as well.  One last tip is to check your tread wear indicator.  This small lug between your tread is your indictor when its time to change your tyres call in at Island Auto Repairs and we can explain to you how to check for yourself.   Just ask Dutto he has all the answers.  

Air Conditioning and winter

In our Queensland climate its common to use your cars Air con nearly everyday during Summer but did you know that when you leave your Air Con off over winter you can actually being doing damage to the system.  Moist air in the pipes and vents lays stagnant until you turn it on again.  Left for a long period mould and mildew grows.  Your gas also freeze in the system and pipes can become brittle.   Our recommendation is run your system for at least ten minutes once a week during the winter months to maintain optimum gas levels and keep the system lubricated and working properly.

Keep your car cool this summer

To help keep your car cool this summer remember to have your coolant checked.  An engine which is running at an incorrect temperature can cost you thousands in fuel and repair costs.  If you consider for every litre of fuel burnt in your system only 28% approx is used to create power anything which helps your cars engine run more efficiently has got to be great.  Coolant should be checked regularly to ensure it has not become acidic which will cause much harm to precious running gear.


We have an exciting new Tyre contact who has some amazing prices.  Check out our Value deals next time you need tyres

New Apprentice

Dutto's newest Apprentice is going great guns.  We are so proud of her.  She is even teaching us old dogs a few tricks.  She has now successfully completed three modules of her course with 100% accuracy.  Kellie is dedicated team player who is loving her new role within the work shop.  Keep your eyes out for her when you come in. 

christmas specials

Buying a car this christmas?  Need a roadworthy?  We are going to wow you with a deal. watch out for the December specials. This one is going to one you cant miss.  Buying, selling or just re registering Island Auto Repairs is the one stop shop for your vehicle.  

November Tyre Specials

At Island Auto Repairs we have managed to secure some amazing prices on light truck tyres for our customers.  We are offering 185/14 light truck tyres at crazy prices.  These prices are to hot to advertise though.  We dont want to scare our competitors.  So if you are looking for tyres before christmas see us first.  We also offer a tradies deal and get you in and out before you know it. 

We have not forgotton our family car drivers either.  To get you ready for your christmas driving we have put on special 205/65/15 tyres which suit most falcons and commodores, magnas and camrys.

A new face at Island Auto Repairs

We would like to welcome our new employee Shane to the business.  He has over 30 years experience in the business so he knows his stuff.  If you add our experience together wow.....lets just say there is not much we have not seen, fixed or driven.  Experience like ours is priceless and invaluable and I doubt you would find two better minds than ours.  From the classics to the new cars, bikes and vans we can fix them all and at a reasonable price too.  Call us for a quote you will be surprised!
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