We Provide Brake Repairs & Replacements to Maitland & Thornton

Is your car grinding, stalling or making alarming motions when you brake? The Service Centre are brake specialists and we’re right down the road with service centres in Thornton & Maitland to fix the problem.

If you are in Maitland or Thornton and notice problems with your car’s braking system, do not hesitate to contact us! Our experienced brake mechanics will carry out a complete check on your car and evaluate if it is necessary to intervene with a brake repair.

The brake system is what stops your vehicle when you want it to, and enables you to control the vehicle once it is in motion. This element needs to always be in tip-top condition. Do not put off a brake repair job if you need it. Doing so could mean the difference between life and death, and our brake specialists can help make sure your brakes are working to the best of their ability. 

When Should You See A Brake Specialist?

No Grabbing!

When applying pressure on your brakes, it should result in a fairly smooth stopping motion. They should apply the same pressure to both the front and back axles. However, if you step on the pedal and your car lurches to a stop, this is a sign that something’s wrong. One of the main warning signs that you need a brake repair is when the brakes are “grabbing,” giving you an uneven feeling when you stop the car. It means that the pads have worn thin, or they could be installed incorrectly in the first place. There can be other causes, but this is simple for a trained brake mechanic to fix, such as our brake specialists at Service Centre Thornton & Maitland.

Screechy Sounds

Your brakes shouldn’t make any noise at all when you apply them. If you hear a screeching sound every time you stop, this could be a sign that you need a brake repair. It often means that you’ve got metal against metal, which causes the screeching noise. This means that the pads have worn out, and you’ll need to get them replaced. Some new cars have squeaky brakes until they’re driven for a while, however, if you hear some screeching, it’s a good idea to have your brakes checked out by a specialist.

Wheel Wiggling

Another sign is that your steering wheel wiggles when you apply the brakes. What effect do the brakes have on your steering wheel? A wiggly wheel is usually a sign that your rotors are bad. The rotors are the big discs your brakes clamp onto when you step on the pedal. As you can imagine, it’s just as important for them to work properly as the brakes themselves. The rotors probably need to be replaced if you’ve got this problem. You can have them tuned up, but this will only temporarily solve the problem.

Visual Inspection

You can tell you need a brake repair by the feel and sound, but you can also look at them yourself and see if they need to be fixed. The pads should be about a quarter of an inch away from the rotor when looking at them. If they’re too close or too far, you might want to have them looked at by a brake specialist. It may just take a simple bit of tweaking to get them fixed.

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Brake Repair Maitland & Thornton - How To Find a Credible Shop

Finding a good brake repair shop in Maitland & Thornton you can trust can be difficult. That’s why you must do your homework to ensure you hire someone you can count on.

We at The Service Centre specialise in the repair and replacement of brakes for all types of cars in Maitland & Thornton. We offer the best brake repair services on cars and vehicles in general, replacing pads and discs of any brand.

The main services of our brake repair are:

  • Brake pad replacements;
  • Service brakes and brake callipers overhaul;
  • Complete repair and replacement of rear and front brakes;
  • Repair, replacement, centring of brake discs;
  • On-site grinding of the brake discs with a specific lathe;
  • Overhaul and maintenance of electric parking mechanisms of the handbrake. 

You can find out more about our other mechanical repairs here. 

If you’re looking for an expert brake mechanic in Thornton & Maitland who can handle brake repair effectively, contact us and get the best services for affordable prices.

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Car Battery Replacement Service in Thornton & Maitland

We offer a car battery replacement service to every car owner in Maitland and Thornton. 

If it has been several years since you got your battery changed or you’ve begun to notice that not everything is working at its best, it might be time for you to get a car battery replacement.

Car battery replacement is a maintenance operation that should not be overlooked. The battery has a fundamental task: to supply energy to the car’s electrical system (which uses it to start the engine), make the lights work, and many more vital functions.

To avoid damaging it, you must avoid draining it completely (as happens when you forget to turn off the headlights or the interior light etc.).

Car battery not working?

The average life of a car battery ranges from 4 to 6 years.

The battery supplied with your car at the time of purchase is not eternal. They can withstand thousands of continuous charge and discharge cycles but their efficiency begins to decline after a few years, which can cause annoying problems. If your car battery is not working perfectly, we can perform a voltage test to identify any malfunctions, and we’d recommend doing this at least once a year. The length of time a battery lasts is not the same for everyone; a lot depends on the quality of the battery, the use of the car, the frequency of the charging cycles and much more.

How do you know if you need to request a car battery replacement service?

It’s usually easy to understand when you need to replace your car’s battery. The battery must be replaced in the following cases:

  • If your car does not start, the problem could be the battery
  • When the battery voltage, with the engine off, is lower than 12.4V; you can check this using a tester (voltmeter) by connecting it to the battery poles
  • When starting, the voltage is below 11V
  • Every 4-5 years, even if it does not present any symptoms, because, over time, the internal elements deteriorate and can suddenly fail
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Do You Need a New Car Battery in Maitland or Thornton?

If you need a new car battery and are in Maitland or Thornton, contact us today at The Service Centre.

The Service Centre is a group of workshops focusing on providing quality car servicing, maintenance and repairs, and car battery replacement in Thornton and Maitland. You can view our list of other mechanical repairs here. 

We offer our customers a professional service, guaranteed by highly qualified technical personnel with years of experience in the auto services industry. 

We carry out in-depth checks and restore the correct functioning of the car battery, or replace them if the failure is due to a total breakdown.

Our services are at a great price point in regards to quality/price since we use excellent products for spare parts, yet our interventions maintain a low cost. Contact us to find out about our advantageous offers.

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Driveshaft Repairs & Replacements

Driveshaft repairs are one of the most critical services we offer here at The Service Centre. Your car is one of the most significant investments in your life. Keeping your car in good condition will save you from troubles like accidents, injuries, and sudden breakdowns. 

The twisting force produced by an engine is called torque, so the job of your driveshaft is to transmit the twisting force to the wheel of a vehicle. A lot of vehicles have a front-wheel drive, so the torque will be transmitted to the two front-wheel drives called half-shafts.

Your driveshaft rotates very fast, and is in charge of moving the rear wheel of your vehicle. So, when the driveshaft begins to have issues, your driving will be affected. Here are some tell tale signs that your driveshaft needs repairs or replacement.

If you are driving your vehicle and notice an unusual vibration from underneath your car, it is a common sign your driveshaft is having trouble. The vibrations are always caused due to worn-out bushings of the driveshaft. These bushings are what are keeping it from vibrating in the first place.

If the driveshaft is not repaired, the vibration will increase and may also lead to the damage of other components. If the vibrations increase with speed, it may also mean that your tyres need to be balanced.

If you notice any clunking noise whenever you accelerate your vehicle, when you put it into reverse, and even when simply driving, then the driveshaft and driveline needs looking at. Often, this is a common symptom of a wrong slip yoke, and you may need a driveshaft replacement or repair.

If you notice squeaking noise when you are driving that is coming from under your vehicle, it is a sign that your driveshaft is faulty. It could be out of balance, or some other part could be worn out.

If we notice that your driveshaft’s U-joint rotates fast or fails to rotate, then you will need to replace your driveshaft in this condition because you can’t drive in this critical condition.

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Your Local Driveline and Differential Experts

Our team is full of experienced professionals who can provide you with driveline and differential repair services. We repair and replace driveshafts, universal joints, axles, differentials, and all other drivetrain and driveline components.

At the Service Centre, we care for your vehicles as if it is our own. It’s tempting to ignore problems with your vehicle due to the cost, however, your vehicle is a significant investment, and maintaining your driveline and drivetrain helps extend its life considerably. 

If your vehicle needs attention, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 

New South Wales (NSW) VEHICLE
INSPECTION REPORTS

A vehicle inspection is essential for any car that is out on the road. When your car is inspected, it keeps you safe while driving, but it also keeps everyone else on the road safe. Get your vehicle serviced with us and we will make sure it is running in tip top shape and take care of any repairs or changes needed! Areas for an overall vehicle inspection include but are not limited to:

  • Tyre quality and tread depth
  • Vehicle body condition
  • Working electrics such as headlights, blinkers, interior lights and dash lights
  • Engine/suspension/exhaust and driveline condition
  • Seatbelt condition
  • Engine and driveline fluid leaks
  • Brake efficiency test
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Do I Need A Vehicle Inspection?

Whether you need a Pink slip or a Blue slip or not, you may want to get an overall inspection and report on the condition and safety of your vehicle. Below are just some of the benefits of getting a NSW vehicle inspection report of your car. 

In cases whereby your vehicle suddenly increases the way it consumes fuel, your vehicle might be operating at a higher cost. A vehicle inspection will help you to identify those issues.

If your vehicle is regularly checked and properly maintained, it will be in an optimal working condition that will last longer. Regular inspection will also help you reduce the cost of replacement or repair and extend its overall lifespan.

The benefit of vehicle inspection is that it prevents minor problems from growing into bigger and costlier ones. This is because the vehicle may get damaged beyond repair. So, using the services of our specialist vehicle inspectors will help decrease your vehicle’s downtime. Keeping your car in good condition will save you from troubles like accidents, injuries, and sudden breakdowns.

Regular vehicle inspections will limit your liability exposure and protect your vehicle and you from non-compliance penalties and fines.

At the Service Centre, we care for your vehicles as if it is our own. If your vehicle needs attention, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 

At the Service Centre, we provide a wide range of mechanical repairs and care for your vehicles as if it is our own. If your vehicle needs attention, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 

We Provide Radiator and Cooling
System Repair Services

Radiator repairs are essential to prevent costly replacement and boost your engine’s performance. Our radiator specialists in Maitland and Thornton provide repairs and replacements of your vehicle’s cooling system.

If you ignore vital parts of your vehicle such as its cooling system, it may lead to your vehicle developing faults in the engine and damaging other components.

Here are some of the key components of repairing or replacing your radiator.

The more you use your vehicle, the more rust and scale deposits build up within the radiator. Our radiator repair services will help you remove these deposits that get pushed out with the old antifreeze. This is important because these can cause overheating and irreparable damage to your radiator.

Antifreeze has additives in the coolant that lubricates the vehicle water pump. So, the repair of the radiator allows the water pump to work efficiently by extending the lifespan and reducing risk.

Calling the services of a radiator repairer means that they will flush out any contaminants in the system. These contaminants build-ups due to loss of coolant.

Our specialist radiator service providers will perform a complete inspection of your cooling system after repairing your radiator. We will use pressure tests to check for any leak in the system.

Repairing your radiator will prevent future rust and build-up and foaming in the system, which will help your vehicle to operate efficiently for longer.

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Your Local Cooling System and Radiator Specialists

Our team is full of experienced cooling system and radiator specialists who can provide you with quality repair and replacement services. Your cooling system is an important component of making sure your engine runs smoothly and refrains from overheating.

When your radiator starts to go bad, has a crack, or part of the cooling system is damaged, it needs to be fixed immediately. When radiator repairs are left ignored, there is a potential for your car’s engine to become irreparable!

At the Service Centre, we provide a wide range of mechanical repairs and care for your vehicles as if it is our own. If your vehicle needs attention, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 

Get Your Exhaust System Repaired or Replaced at The Service Centre

An issue with an exhaust system can often worsen over time until it fails. While a car in need of exhaust repair will usually still be able to drive, it will be regarded as unroadworthy, and the noise will draw unwanted attention. 

Your exhaust performs a vital role in allowing your vehicle’s engine to “breathe” by directing harmful gases and fumes away from your engine through the catalytic converter and out the tailpipe. 

However, the oxygen sensors in your car have a finite lifespan. This is ​​due to the same pollutants and gases, the precious metals in your catalytic converter, and even the metal with which these components are manufactured.

Anything from a terrible ‘rotten egg’ odour to your engine failing to start can be caused by the failure of these components!

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Symptoms of a Failing Exhaust System

  • Unusual Vibrations and Rattling
  • Increase in Volume of Exhaust Tone
  • Decrease in Fuel Efficiency
  • Unpleasant “Rotten Egg” Smell
  • Water Dripping From the Exhaust Pipe
  • Major Rust Around the Exhaust

If you’re not sure if your car’s exhaust is the issue, start it up and listen to where the noise comes from. The engine bay produces most of the noise generated by an automobile when it is stationary. 

We propose that you stand behind the wheel and have someone else operate the engine. Listen to the rise and fall of the vehicle; a rattling sound indicates a faulty exhaust. If the noise is coming from the middle of the vehicle, the catalytic converter is most likely to blame.

Your Local Maitland and Thornton Exhaust Specialists

When an exhaust has to be replaced, it’s easy to tell. 

However, if your exhaust system fails, the only symptom you’ll notice is a basic engine light. Our exhaust specialists at The Service Centre in Maitland or Thornton can promptly diagnose the issue and make the required repairs to ensure that your engine is operating correctly and that you are not breathing dangerous pollutants or damaging the environment.

Ideally, you should not wait until an exhaust that has to be repaired becomes so poor that sections of it break and fall off your car. You should call The Service Centre as soon as you think there is a problem, and we will take care of it for you.

We provide a wide range of mechanical repairs and care for your vehicles as if it is our own. If your vehicle needs attention, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 

Get Your Clutch Repaired or Replaced in Our Maitland and Thornton Workshops

How do you know it’s time for a clutch replacement or if it needs repair?

A clutch is made up mostly of two metal plates in the engine. When you step on the clutch pedal, these plates are disengaged from your revolving wheels, allowing you to change gears. The hydraulic mechanism, which transmits motion to the wheels, is operated by stepping off the clutch pedal, creating pressure.

The flywheel is a component in your clutch system that is responsible for a large number of clutch repair or replacement concerns. It usually cracks or burns due to extreme overheating caused by slippage or grease contamination. Your clutch will also wear out if you rest your foot on the clutch pedal.

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Clutch Release Failure

When a clutch does not release when fully depressed, the input shaft it controls turns. This prohibits the driver from shifting into the needed gears, including neutral. Clutch release failure can be caused by a variety of internal factors, including:

  • Damaged release cables
  • Defective clutch cylinders
  • Worn fork or pivot ball
  • Damaged drive straps
  • Damaged clutch discs
  • Damaged splines
  • Improperly installed clutch system parts

When dealing with the clutch, slipping is probably the most typical problem. Driving in locations that need many stops and starts might increase it, but it can also develop due to poor shifting habits such as using too much force to change gears.

Your Local Clutch Mechanic

If you schedule an appointment with us for your car’s safety, our skilled mechanics will be able to spot clutch faults and correct them.

Broken torsion springs are another common clutch repair issue, which can be caused by hard-driving or driving at low speeds while the engine is revving in high gear.

At the Service Centre, we provide a wide range of mechanical repairs and care for your vehicles as if it is our own. If your vehicle needs attention, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 

Get Your Car Transmission Repaired or
Replaced at The Service Centre

As one of the most complex components within your vehicle, it is important your car’s transmission is checked regularly and repaired or replaced as soon as required. 

Transmission fluid, which provides lubrication and cooling, is used in all gearboxes whether they be automatic or manual.

The fluid also provides hydraulic pressure to choose the right gear in automatic transmissions.

Because there is no filter to catch particles and trash, maintaining a car with a manual transmission is as simple as changing the oil in the gearbox. However, a filter is situated in the transmission pan in an automatic transmission.

This filter will be connected to the transmission oil pump and filter out any trash or particles, allowing the transmission to function correctly.

If the filter is not replaced, these particles will cause premature component wear and failure. Transmission problems, if not rectified, will cause expensive repairs or even replacement of the transmission assembly.

Repairing or replacing your transmission is an important mechanical repair and is crucial to ensure your car is running smoothly.

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Your Local Transmission Specialists

Our specialist mechanics in Maitland and Thornton will look under the car for any transmission leaks or damage, check the level and quality of transmission and clutch fluid (if necessary), and road test the vehicle to guarantee proper operation.

If repairs or replacements are required, our transmission specialist will create an estimate.

A repair or component replacement will be carried out depending on your vehicle’s requirements.

Your mechanic will then top off the gearbox fluid, clutch fluid (if necessary), and perform a comprehensive system test to ensure your vehicle is in good working order.

After that, a road test will be performed to check that the repair or replacement has resolved the problem and a final visual inspection to ensure that no fluid is leaking from the vehicle.

Why Is It Important To Have Your Transmission Inspected By a Mechanic?

Having your transmission inspected by a mechanic as soon as an issue is discovered is not only crucial for you and your family’s safety, but it may also save you money in the long term by preventing further damage to the gearbox’s sensitive internal components.

Repairing these can be costly, and if the problem isn’t caught early enough, it may require a complete replacement.

At the Service Centre, we provide a wide range of mechanical repairs and care for your vehicles as if it is our own. If your vehicle needs attention, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 

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Vehicle Air Conditioning Repair and Regas
in Maitland

Car air conditioning manufacturers recommend that your car should have an air conditioning service, and repair (if necessary), every two years.

This is also known as a car air conditioning regas and it is something we can easily take care of at our Maitland workshops.

A car air con regas means evacuating the refrigerant gas and replacing the lubricating oil, as well as carrying out a system leak test.

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Make sure you get your car air conditioning
service before summer

An air conditioning service will save you money in the long run and guarantee you comfort in hottest months. The last thing you want is to hit a hot summer and not have working car air conditioning, especially with kids!

When it comes to comfort in your vehicle, car air conditioning is of the utmost importance. Don’t get caught out when the temperature heats up. Ensure your automotive air conditioning is always working as it should be with The Service Centre Maitland.

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Car Mechanical repairs in
Maitland and Thornton

The Service Centre’s technicians in our Maitland and Thornton workshops are all fully qualified to carry out all mechanical repairs on your car.

We offer a complete range of mechanical repair services including:

Your transmission is a necessary component for controlling the movement of your vehicle.

When your automatic transmission is getting old and starts to fail, you will notice. You need to come to us for repairs or replacement of your transmission straight away!

Clutches are extremely important with manual transmissions, without a properly working clutch, your car will not go anywhere!

Clutch replacements and repairs are not needed frequently for most vehicles, but when they are you will want a qualified technician to do the clutch replacement so that it is properly installed and tested before being returned to you.

Your exhaust system is crucial for getting exhaust gases away from the inside of your car and expelling them in an efficient and safe way.

An exhaust system working at its highest capacity helps with both performance and pollution reduction, ensuring your vehicle is safely getting you from A to B.

However, when your exhaust system fails or its major components start to break, it’s time to bring your car to us to figure out what the problem is! We provide a range of exhaust repairs and exhaust replacements.

The role of your driveline and driveshaft is to couple the output of your transmission with your rear differential to turn your vehicle’s wheels smoothly.

We repair and replace driveshafts, universal joints, axles, differentials, and all other drivetrain and driveline components.

Your cooling system is an important component of making sure your engine runs smoothly and refrains from overheating.

When your radiator starts to go bad, has a crack, or part of the cooling system is damaged, it needs to be fixed immediately. When radiator repairs are left ignored, there is a potential for your car’s engine to become irreparable! We provide radiator and cooling system repairs and replacements.

Whether you need a Pink slip or a Blue slip or not, you may want to get an overall inspection and report on the condition and safety of your vehicle.

Areas for an overall vehicle inspection include but are not limited to:

  • Tyre quality and tread depth
  • Vehicle body condition
  • Working electrics such as headlights, blinkers, interior lights and dash lights
  • Engine/suspension/exhaust and driveline condition
  • Seatbelt condition
  • Engine and driveline fluid leaks
  • Brake efficiency test

Get your vehicle serviced with us and we will make sure it is running in tip top shape and take care of any repairs or changes needed!

Car batteries last approximately 3 to 5 years at best and are critical to your car’s performance.
However, if not taken care of, you could run your battery down much faster.

As part of our mechanical repairs and checks here at the Service Centre, we can do routine battery checks and battery replacements for you.

If you think your battery is ready for a replacement, call us or stop by and get your car checked out!

Is your car grinding, stalling or making alarming motions when you brake? The Service Centre are brake specialists and we’re right down the road with service centres in Thornton & Maitland to fix the problem.

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