For all your mechanical repairs and maintenance on the Gold Coast, book in with our specialists. Based in Southport, GC Suspension, Steering & Brakes have over 50 years combined experience.
We all know cars need petrol to run, but for a lot of drivers, regular service and maintenance falls low on the priority list. We all rely on our vehicles on a daily basis to get from A to B, but rarely give our vehicle’s working parts a second thought, that is, until something goes wrong.
We understand the inconvenience of not having your car, even if it’s just for a few hours. This is why we offer our customers a comfortable waiting room and a lift to work, home, or the shops with one of our friendly team. If available, we welcome you to borrow one of our courtesy cars until your car is ready. It’s all part of the service we offer here at GC Suspension, Steering & Brakes.
Proper upkeep of your vehicle is essential for your peace of mind. The service and checks we perform go a lot further than simply checking the oil and water levels. Prior to commencing the service, a full undercar inspection and safety check is performed on your vehicle. This, combined with the service, reveals the complete health status of your vehicle, something a typical car service won’t give you. There are many components that our specialist car mechanics will check, change or replace during the process, but don’t worry, we will always keep you updated about anything concerning we find.
There are many factors that will influence what is required, including: the make and model of your vehicle, the mileage of your vehicle, the date of your last service and what was done at the time. But rest assured, everything will be thoroughly checked regardless.
Some of the key components that will be assessed are listed below:
Brakes are by far number one on the list of the most important mechanical components to have in top working order. As with other essential car components, brake failure has potentially lethal consequences. A brake fluid flush should be carried out approximately every 40,000km and brake pad thickness should be checked at every service. Brake pad wear is different for every brand, vehicle and driver, so if you feel your brakes becoming less efficient, even in between services, book in immediately with one of our car mechanics.
Checking tyre wear is an essential part of every safety check and service. Uneven tyre wear can be caused by multiple issues including incorrect alignment, damage from impact, improper inflation and various other steering and suspension related problems. Tyres that are worn past the tread depth gauge are a serious safety concern as this affects braking, steering and handling. That’s why our experts check tyre wear on every vehicle that comes into our workshop.
Coolant in your vehicle’s radiator has multiple jobs, it works as antifreeze in lower temperatures, as an engine coolant in higher temperatures or longer journeys and guards against corrosion in the cooling system. Although it is important to top this up when it gets low, over time it will lose its properties and a complete coolant flush should be carried out every 40,000km.
It is important to maintain regular checks of your engines drivebelts. They are an integral part of all facets of day to day running of your car. They provide drive to your Power Steering Pump, Alternator, Air Conditioning Pump and manual radiator fans, as well as driving the Water pump, one of the most important cooling system components on your motor. The Cambelt (timing belt) is a major component on some model engines. With service intervals ranging from 60,000kms to 150,000kms, it is VITAL to the longevity of your motor, that they are replaced as soon as due OR if any form of oil leak is found in the area. If not rectified and replaced straight away, you may face CATASTROPHIC engine damage.
Spark plugs are part of a regular service interval on petrol vehicles. They are responsible for the detonation of your air/fuel mixture in the engines combustion chamber. As they wear, and the spark grows weaker, unburnt fuel increases vehicle emissions, decreases performance and fuel economy and increases the chance of “bore wash”, the damage to the cylinder bores caused by excessive unburnt fuel.
In vehicles with an automatic transmission, checking, topping up or replacing the transmission fluid and filter is essential for the smooth working of the gear box. It reduces friction and stabilises the working temperature of the gearbox. Automatic transmission filters should be replaced in accordance with the recommendations in your vehicle’s manual. If you happen to notice the quality of your gear changes getting worse or harsher, come in and see the expert team here at GC Suspension, Steering & Brakes for an inspection.
Keeping the quality and quantity of air flow to your motor is left predominantly up to the air filter, as well as protecting the motor from foreign contaminants. Checking and replacing your air filter at regular service intervals will help keep everything running at optimum levels.
Is your car harder to start in the morning than it used to be? Are your headlights diming as your stereo cranks? The battery in modern vehicles are being subjected to a lot more strain than those of yesteryear, running things like sound systems, GPS systems, dash cams, light bars and air conditioning. On top of that, the harsh weather conditions and extreme heat in Australia create Sulphation layers on the plates inside the battery which inhibits current flow. Bring your car down to the car mechanics here at GC Suspension, Steering & Brakes for an inspection and replacement of your car’s battery.
Power steering fluid needs to be checked regularly, as a sudden drop can indicate a bigger problem. Power steering fluid keeps your steering components moving smoothly and consistently. If fluid levels become too low it can create noise, vibration and steering resistance as you turn. If the power steering fluid remains unchecked and runs dry it can have disastrous consequences. Checking and topping up power steering fluid is not just a general maintenance must-do, it is also one of the many components we check as part of our GC Suspension, Steering & Brakes full undercar inspection and safety check.
Having clean and clear fuel being delivered to your engine is just as important as maintaining fresh oil in the motor. Removing contaminants from the fuel system before it reaches the motor falls on the back of the Fuel filter. Whether your car is petrol or diesel, carburetted or fuel injected, replacing your fuel filter at regular intervals is a must do.
Committed to customer service, our car mechanics understand it’s the little things that make the biggest difference. If there is any way we can serve you better, just let us know.
At GC Suspension, Steering & Brakes we can inspect your vehicle and provide you with a roadworthy/safety certificate. If you are thinking about selling or changing the registered owner name of your vehicle, you first need to obtain a roadworthy or safety certificate.
This document informs buyers about the state of the vehicle and its ability to be driven safely on the road. A standard roadworthy inspection establishes a minimum of safety standards and our meticulous car mechanics assess the steering brakes, suspension, windscreen, lights, body damage and more.
It should be noted that roadworthy safety certificates from other providers may not include a comprehensive inspection, however, it is necessary to obtain one before putting a vehicle up for sale.
Call 07 5532 3772, to book a car inspection appointment, or come and see the friendly team at 72 Ferry Road for all your steering, suspension, brake and car mechanic needs.
Open 6 days a week, 8am – 5pm.