Engine Specialists | Servicing and Repairs | Brisbane
4WD AND DIESEL SERVICING
4WD AND DIESEL SERVICING
The Torque Team. Your premium independent 4WD and diesel mechanic in Mansfield: So, why are we the best mechanics for your diesel?
NO ONE KNOWS DIESELS LIKE US: We’re not just mechanics, we’re engine builders too! And the engines we rebuild the most are modern four-cylinder diesels. Because we see inside these engines every day, we know why they fail and how to prevent these failures from happening to you.
GOLD STANDARD LOG BOOK SERVICING: No shortcuts! Maintain your new car or 4WD warranty with confidence! We carry out every check, change and adjustment specified by your vehicle’s manufacturer. All our oils and fluids meet or exceed manufacturer’s specifications. And to top it all off, you’ll receive a written report signed by the mechanic who did your service.
ONLY PREMIUM BRANDS: Diesels really do need top quality oils and filters to make sure they last. So, we only use Liqui Moly oils and Ryco filters for Asian brands or OE quality Mahle Original filters European vehicles. Prefer genuine parts? Just let us know when you book and we’ll buy them in especially for your service.
LATEST TECHNOLOGY: Our diagnostic equipment provides us with FACTORY LEVEL coverage for 49 different makes with over 4.9 million codes, tests, tips and data for 1981 to current year models.
WE’RE NOT JUST TALK: We back all our work with a 12 month/20,000 km warranty.
GOT A QUESTION? Speak directly to the mechanic who worked on your car. Just ask when you call or visit.
Specialist 4WD and Diesel Servicing Questions and Answers
Why do diesel engines needs special attention?
Modern diesel fuel systems are not compatible with Australian diesel fuel standards. Allowable contaminate sizes in Australian diesel are bigger than the operating clearances in modern diesel injector pumps and other fuel system components. So, your only defence against premature wear and early fuel system failure is a quality fuel filter, changed regularly. That’s why we only use Ryco, Mahle Original or genuine filters in all our diesel services.
Unlike petrol, diesel can promote the growth of harmful bacteria in your fuel tank. Left unchecked, the bacteria dis-lodges, enters the fuel system and quickly clogs the fuel filter, affecting performance and fuel economy. Or if you’re using a cheap or old filter, the bacteria can enter and rapidly damage the fuel injection system. The Wynn’s injector cleaner with biocide we use at every diesel service helps prevent bacteria build-up in the first place.
Healthy fuel injectors are vital for your engine. Nothing kills off a diesel engine faster than a faulty fuel injector. A leaking injector can “wash” the cylinder bore clean of lubricating oil, quickly leading to piston damage and engine seizure. A faulty spray pattern can lead to hot spots in the combustion chamber, damaging pistons and cracking cylinder heads. Or over-fuelling from a faulty injector can result in excessive cylinder pressures, quickly leading to a big end bearing failure or a cracked cylinder head.
Regular changes of quality engine oil are also vital for your diesel engine. With extended service periods of up to 15,000 km, we really are asking a lot, even from the best engine oils. Missing a service interval by as little as two or three thousand kilometres over a couple of services can lead to the build-up of oil sludge in your engine. We’ve taken apart seized engines that look exactly like someone has poured a bucket of tar down the oil filler cap. They’ve become so sludged-up that a vital oil gallery has blocked up, resulting in engine failure.
You need to use the right oil. Diesel vehicles with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) need low ash engine oil to operate properly. Cheap high ash oils can quickly block the DPF, resulting in excessive DPF burns or a blocked and damaged DPF. That’s why we only use Fuchs oils, as they meet or exceed manufacturer’s specifications and have approval from most diesel vehicle manufacturers, including luxury European brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi.
Will using an independent mechanic void my new vehicle warranty?
No. As long as your vehicle is serviced according to the manufacturer’s specifications at each service interval, then your covered. Here’s what trusted consumer advocate Choice has to say:
How to keep your manufacturer’s warranty intact:
Shop around for the best servicing deal and stick with a trusted mechanic. You don’t have to go to an authorised dealer to keep the manufacturer’s warranty intact.
Service your car in line with the schedule and specifications in the owner’s manual or warranty logbook.
Ask that quality parts be used for servicing (the parts don’t have to be genuine to keep the warranty intact). Ask for an itemised account for the labour conducted and parts installed. If there’s a problem with the parts used, the repairer or part manufacturer will be responsible.
Ask the mechanic to fill in your logbook – they don’t need an authorised dealer stamp for the warranty to be valid.
If you’re choosing not to service your car through the dealership, ensure your service centre is reputable. NSW and WA have repairers’ licensing schemes, and elsewhere, you can check to see if they’re a member of the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC, in Victoria) or the Motor Traders Association in the other states.
At The Torque Team, we tick all these boxes and more! That’s why we say we can “maintain your new car warranty with confidence”. Read the complete advice from Choice here.
What is a log book service?
Modern cars are complex machines. As they age, different components and systems need attention at different times to maintain the vehicle in top condition. These times are called service intervals and they can vary by time, distance or both.
So to keep your vehicle in top condition, the manufacturer might specify that every 10,000 km or 12 months, you should change your engine oil and filter; every 20,000 km or 24 months you should change your air filter and fuel filter and every 40,000 km or 48 months, you should change your engine coolant and brake fluid. These specifications are then consolidated into a log book service schedule. Using this as an example, we’d get the following:
10,000 km or 12 month log book service: engine oil and filter.
20,000 km or 24 month log book service: engine oil and filter, air filter and fuel filter.
30,000 km or 36 month log book service: Just an engine oil and filter again.
40,000 km or 48 month log book service: Engine oil and filter, air and fuel filter, engine coolant and brake fluid.
Of course, a complete log book service is much more involved than this, but this gives you an idea of how sticking to a log book servicing schedule can maintain your vehicle in top condition for many, many years.
Why do some services cost more than others?
As you can see from the example above, some services are quite minor. The smaller ones may only take a little over an hour and need only a few litres of engine oil and an oil filter. On the other hand, some major services can take up to four or more hours, require replacing four of five different fluids and three or four filters. If you’re unsure, just ask. We’re happy to give you an up-front quote for every service.
My diesel is old. Do I still need log book services?
Yes! Definitively yes! Following the manufacturer’s service schedule will ensure that all the required changes, checks and adjustments are carried out when they’re needed. This helps prevent maintenance related problems from occurring in the first place, and allows non-maintenance related issues to be detected and corrected before they turn into big problems. We have customers with very high milage diesels, and they are still perfectly drivable and reliable, simply because they are properly maintained through regular log book servicing.
Will regular servicing guarantee trouble-free driving?
Unfortunately, no. There are many, many components for which no service interval is specified and for which there simply isn’t an inexpensive way to determine serviceability. Things like engine sensors, wheel speed sensors and some fuel system components fall into this category. Therefore, these components essentially become replace on failure. So, if you think something’s wrong with your vehicle, or you have that funny little engine light on the dash, get us to check it out as soon as possible before a little issue turns into a big problem.