Greater Brisbane COVID-19 lock down

Greater Brisbane will enter a 3-day lockdown from 5pm AEST Monday 29 March to 5pm AEST Thursday 1 April.

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If you can answer yes to one of the three questions below, or your booking address is outside the Greater Brisbane area, you can continue with your booking

  1. Are you an essential service or critical service employee? (Essential service employees list can be found here.)
  2. Is the service you require a breakdown or emergency repair?
  3. Is this something that is a matter of safety and you believe it cannot wait until restrictions ease?

If you feel there are extenuating circumstances with your booking or need further assistance please call 13 30 32 for help as to whether we can be of service to you.

Lube Mobile Hygiene Practices When Servicing Customers Vehicles

There is evidence that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads from person to person, some reports suggest the virus can last for several days on surfaces including plastics found in vehicles.

Good hygiene can prevent infection from coronavirus as well as the common cold and flu.

With this in mind we wish to share with you what practices Lube Mobile have put in place to ensure the safety of our Customers and of our staff.

Prior to working inside a vehicle, the Lube Mobile technician will use the following procedure;

  1. The technician will check with you whether you have been overseas and ordered to comply with a self-isolation order.

  2. Disinfect car. 

  3. Disinfect hands. 

  4. Where possible avoid switching on HAVAC system (air conditioning / heater control). 

Disinfect Car

  1. Disinfect outside door handle prior to entering the vehicle. 

  2. Spray or wipe all relevant areas inside the vehicle. 

  3. Allow disinfectant to sit for up to 10mins to dry by airing out the vehicle. 

  4. Conduct works inside the vehicle.

  5. When the work is finished we will give the vehicle a final spray or wipe prior to returning the vehicle to you (including outside door handle). 

Parts of the Vehicle to be Disinfected

  1. Door handle (outside first then inside). 

  2. Steering wheel. 

  3. Radio and other control buttons and indicators. 

  4. Seat belt. 

  5. Any other areas we may need to touch when working inside the vehicle (i.e. glove box handles, drink holders, dashboard, hand brake and gears etc.) 

Disinfect Hands

  1. We will use hand sanitiser or washing of hands prior to entering the vehicle. 

  2. After completing the work we will Sanitise our hands thoroughly and close the door to the vehicle. 

Payment and Invoicing

  1. No Cash payments. Our strong preference is payment by card via the tap and go facility. 

  2. Printing of invoices and quotes will cease and we will instead email them to you. 

Should you have any queries regarding our Coronavirus (Covid-19) procedures, or any other matter please do not hesitate in contacting us on 13 30 32.

Head Gasket

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The head gasket is a crucial engine component that acts as a barrier between the car engine block and the cylinder head. Separating the combustion chamber from the coolant channel, this device comes into contact with extremely high temperatures.

A blown head gasket is often caused by a failure arising from another part of the car. A bad head gasket will compromise the vehicle’s ability to regulate temperature. It can either be caused by the combustion chamber or the cooling system. It can also be due to the car overheating or a combination of both.

Be it Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Adelaide, we serve all across Australia, at the convenience of your location. All you have to do is get in touch with us and our mobile mechanics will reach you with their tools — ready for a standard car service or car repair.

If it’s not possible to complete the repair on site with a gasket kit, then we will arrange to take your car to a nearby workshop, and ensure it is finished on time, and budget.

How much is it to fix a head gasket?

To determine the price for a head gasket repair or replacement, a procedure needs to be carried out first. This will find out the extent of the damage, and what exactly is blown, cracked or broken and requires a fix.

This includes:

  • Removing the cylinder heads
  • Pressure testing the cylinder head/s and performing an inspection for any corrosion or cracks.

  • Removing the valves, valve seats, and valve springs to inspect for any wear.

  • Inspection of the cooling system. This includes the radiator head bolts, belts, hoses/pipes, water pump, thermostat, coolant caps/tanks.

Once all this has been done, only then is it possible to give you an exact price for a blown gasket repair.

Before inspecting these parts, a quote can only be given for an estimated price or an average price for the type of head gasket. This is dependent on which make, model, and age car you have.

For your peace of mind, Lube Mobile only uses guaranteed, quality parts and offers a 12 months/20,000 km warranty around Australia.

How to avoid a blown head gasket?

The two main ways to prevent a blown gasket is to identify the cause of the issues and to make sure the gasket is installed properly.

Signs of a blown head gasket include:

  • Engine overheating

  • Engine is running poorly or possibly misfiring

  • When the engine is running, there is excessive white steam coming out of the exhaust

  • The car has milky white oil which is due to coolant and oil contamination

  • When the engine is running, there are exhaust gases in the cooling system

The most notable sign that something is wrong is that the temperature gauge keeps moving up towards the red, or that there are white exhaust gasses.

If you notice any of these problems, you should immediately contact a qualified mechanic who can correctly diagnose the issues.

What happens if you drive with a blown head gasket?

If you continue to drive with a blown head gasket, it increases the chance of causing engine damage which can’t be repaired. Also, you will likely find yourself broken down on the side of the road.

How to tell if coolant is leaking into oil?

Radiator coolant is used by the car engine and automatic transmission to prevent it from overheating while in use. While coolant is being transferred through gaskets and seals, they prevent it from getting into internal parts like the engine crankcase. But, when a cooler fails, it leads to coolant leaking into the motor oil or engine oil. This results in coolant and oil mixing.

You will feel the car pressure start changing and building up inside the engine, automatic transmission, and cooling system when it happens. Also, if there are brown bubbles above the oil level on the dipstick, it could be a sign that a leak from the coolant into the engine oil has occurred. It’s possible the leaking oil even looks like chocolate milk.

If the coolant and oil mix, it will cause your engine to overheat. You should stop driving immediately and contact a mobile mechanic. Our mechanics will check and advise on your car's problem.

If your vehicle has developed an oil leak because of the valve cover gasket, tappet cover or rocker cover — we can help. We can also fix faulty lifters caused by oil contamination or engine sludge. In such a case, the lifters tend to make a tapping noise and can also cause the engine to malfunction.

If the temperature gauge reading of your car is being extremely high or changing erratically chances are you need to get your thermostat replaced. We can also help if the timing belt of your car needs to be replaced.

Booking our on-site service will not just save you time but also prevent unnecessary travel to and from the workshop. With our mechanics working at your location, you can actually see what work is being done on your car. We also offer itemised quotes before any work commences, enabling you to decide if your car accessories really need a repair or a replacement.

Trust Lube Mobile and never worry about getting a car service or car repair done.

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