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.

Timing Chain Replacement

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Lube Mobile, the Mobile Mechanics replace Timing Chains, Timing Gears, Timing Chain Kits, chain guides, idler, pulley and tensioner. Timing Chain should be replaced at intervals recommended by the manufacturer or when noisey or broken. These can become very rattley and should be checked out when occuring.

Depending on the make and model of your car, you may have a timing belt or a timing chain that keeps your engine and components humming in perfect unison. Lube Mobile is the fleet of mobile mechanics who attend your location for things like a timing chain replacement, ensuring that your next car service or car repair is not only affordable, but convenient and on time as well.

We attend vehicle owners right across Australia, including in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide as well as all of the towns and suburbs in between. Our mechanics are fully qualified and capable of carrying out everything from emergency repairs, regular repairs and maintenance to logbook services. Our technicians arrive with everything they need to accurately diagnose the problem you are experiencing and then quote you for the full fix on the spot. If you’re happy with our quote then we get underway immediately, ensuring that you can head back out on the road sooner rather than later. We’re not like emergency responders. We offer our customers a full mechanical service available on the road, wherever you are. That includes your home, your office or even while you’re on holiday. There’s no reason to search for a local mechanic near me or put off your regular service or even your timing chain replacement until you get home again. Book online with Lube Mobile and we’ll come to you. Our work comes with a 12 month/20 000km warranty. For more details, contact one of our customer service team members.

When should a timing chain be replaced?

When it comes to your timing chain or timing belt, these parts aren’t actually replaced at intervals like other parts on your car which will be replaced or rotated during your regular services. The role of the timing chain is to keep your car engine and components working in harmony from the front to the rear of the vehicle. In many cases, your timing chain will operate things like the oil pump and water pump as well. Over time, your timing chain can stretch, the timing chain tensioner can fail or there may be other factors which lead to poor lubrication, and deterioration, of your timing chain.

Generally, this chain is highly durable as it’s expected to take a lot of punishment over the lifespan of your vehicle, however, if the chain fails then it needs to be replaced or you can risk causing more engine damage or fail completely to move the car at all.

Signs that your timing chain replacement should be booked in sooner rather than later include:

  • Noisy engine – if there is a rough rattling noise or whine from the front of the engine then this could be a sign that the chain guides or pulley and tensioner are not working at peak efficiency and you should consider a timing chain replacement or timing chain repair.
  • Your engine management system is registering a fault – the check engine light may be illuminated on your dash which will indicate a fault that the car’s onboard computer has detected. Our mechanics have specialist equipment designed to help identify what error the ECU has detected and can then set about rectifying it.
  • Engine condition – if you have noticed a decline in engine efficiency such as excessive engine oil consumption or poor oil pressure, this may indicate a problem with the timing chain or another problem which will eventually start to affect your timing chain. Excessive fuel consumption is also an indication that something is not working correctly, and you should seek mechanical inspection as soon as possible to avoid potentially larger problems from occurring.
  • Idler problems – if you’re stalling while idling or there is poor power from the engine, this is also another indication that the timing gears may not be working properly, and a timing chain replacement is required. Other reasons for this may include a worn idler pulley or an alternator bearing.

How much does it cost to replace a timing chain?

Timing chain replacement cost will vary depending on the make and model of the car. The average cost of a timing chain replacement will be between $1,000.00 and $1,800.00. If your mechanic has advised that your timing chain is broken and must be replaced in order for your engine to run, then the time to replace it will likely be between 3 and 4 hours.

They will begin by removing the engine accessories, draining the engine oil and removing the timing chain cover. The camshaft and crankshaft gears are then removed, along with the timing chain that requires replacement. All of the locations of these gears must be carefully noted by the mechanic. Once the new timing chain has been installed then the gears are returned to the original position. The front cover is then replaced and new engine oil inserted. The mechanic may or may not check oil filters at this time as well.

All of this can be completed on site and at your location to ensure that your next mechanical repair or service is as fast and convenient as possible. Our technicians are ready and waiting to attend your vehicle. If you need a timing chain replacement or a timing chain repair, then book online today for a local Lube Mobile mechanic who comes straight to you.

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