When you purchase a new vehicle, the manufacturer provides you with a warranty that covers the cost of many different kinds of mechanical repairs. The warranty is voided however, if you do not regularly have you vehicle serviced by a certified mechanic and record the services in your vehicle’s logbook. A well kept logbook also increases your vehicle’s resale value, as potential buyers are willing to pay more for a well maintained vehicle. Even if you have an older vehicle that you’re never planning to sell, regular services will actually keep your vehicle out of the mechanic’s shop, as regular maintenance will reduce the need for costly repairs.
Here at Brian Swain Automotive we provide logbook services for:
- Petrol passenger vehicles
- Diesel passenger vehicles
- LPG passenger vehicles
- Light commercial vehicles
In Queensland, before you prepare to sell, give away, or otherwise transfer ownership of a vehicle, you are legally required to make sure the vehicle receives a safety certificate from a certified tester. This certificate is issued by the tester after they have ensured that the vehicle meets at least the minimum safety requirements laid out by the government.
Because a safety certificate only guarantees that your vehicle meets the bare minimum requirements for safe driving on the road, we recommend that you take any vehicle you are thinking of buying to perform a pre-purchase inspection. Vehicles can still qualify for a safety certificate, even with a host of expensive mechanical problems.
All Uber drivers in Queensland are required to have a Certificate of Inspection (COI) before they can start working as a driver. Your COI is valid for 12 months from time of issue, before you have to get it renewed. Brian Swain Automotive can help you get your COI, whether you drive for Uber or another rideshare service.
If you need a safety certificate, Certificate of Inspection, or pre-purchase inspection for a passenger vehicle or 4WD, get in touch today!Contact Us
Your brakes are the most important safety feature your vehicle has. While other safety systems only reduce the damage of the crash, your brakes can actually prevent a crash altogether. An increase in stopping distance can mean the difference between an emergency stop and an accident, so it’s important to keep your brakes well maintained.
Here at Brian Swain Automotive we can provide the following brake services:
- Brake component machining
- Brake line replacement
- General brake service
Steering & Suspension
Faults and flaws in your steering and suspension affect handling and ride comfort, causing issues such as play in the steering wheel, vibrations at speed, and body lean through corners.
While most people only really spare a thought for their suspension when they’re on a bumpy road, suspension is actually very important for the safety of yourself and your passengers. In addition to ride comfort, your suspension is responsible for maximising the traction that your tyres exert on the road surface, and problems in your suspension can substantially increase your stopping distance. Having responsive steering is also important for safety, giving you the ability to quickly react to dangerous situations on the road.
Brian Swain Automotive can help you with:
- Shock absorbers and Coil springs
- Bushing replacement
- Tension bars
- Sway bars
- Power steering
Summer in Australia can be unbearable if your air conditioning isn’t functioning properly. In addition to keeping you cool, your AC is also responsible for heating, and defogging your windscreen. Interestingly, your aircon can actually degrade more from disuse than from use. Air conditioning systems consist of a multitude of rubber hosing and tubes, and without regular use these tubes, and the seals that connect them, slowly dry out and crack, allowing the refrigerant gas to leak out, which robs your aircon of its cooling power.
Brian Swain Automotive is an air conditioning specialist, and we can help you with any problems you’re having with your air conditioning, including, but not limited to:
- Leak check
- Tubing replacement
- TX valve replacement
- Compressor, condenser and evaporator repair or replacement
Clutches & Transmissions
Responsible for transferring the power from the engine to the wheels, the drivetrain consists of some of the most precise and intricate pieces of machinery in your vehicle. Due to this complexity, any faults or breaks in the drivetrain can quickly proliferate into incredibly complicated and costly repairs. If you notice a strange grinding noise when you change gears, or notice a strange burning smell coming from under the bonnet, or fluid leaking from the engine bay, you might have a problem with your transmission.
At Brian Swain Automotive we can help with the following drivetrain problems
- Clutch repair and service
- Automatic and manual transmission repair and service
- Slip differential repair and service
- CV joint repair and service
Radiators & Cooling Systems
If your cooling system is faulty then not only will it reduce your fuel efficiency, but also your engine lifespan, as engines running too hot will cause damage to the head gasket, pistons and cylinders. If your thermostat is faulty this could be happening without you knowing!
Here at Brian Swain Automotive we can perform:
- Coolant flush and leak check
- Head gasket replacement
- Intercooler repair or replacement
- Heater unit repair or replacement
- Radiator repair or replacement
- Thermostat check and replacement
With the increasing complexity of modern vehicles, more and more of their machinery is governed by an Electronic Control Unit (ECU). ECU’s monitor many aspects of your vehicle’s performance, and a lot can be learnt about what’s happening to your vehicle by plugging our diagnostic scan tools into your vehicle’s onboard computer and analysing the reports that we receive.
At Brian Swain Automotive our automotive electricians can help you with:
- Alternators and starter motors
- Battery test and replacement
- Body electrics
- ECU testing and repair or replacement
- EFI diagnostics
- Lighting systems
- And anything else!