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Shock Absorbers

Shock Absorbers

Shock absorbers, as the name accurately implies, work with the car's suspension to absorb the affects of bumps and holes in the road. The most obvious benefit of shock absorbers is that they provide a smooth, comfortable ride over various surfaces and roads.

Shock Absorber

Not so obvious is the safety role they play in your car's handling and steering - particularly in maintaining steering and stability. However, for such a vitally important part of your car's safety system, there are big differences in the quality of shock absorbers.

Signs you might need new shock absorbers:

  • Unresponsive steering
  • Abnormally bumpy ride

Genuine Shock Absorbers

Genuine Shock Absorber section

There are two main features that determine the quality of shock absorbers:

  • Individual Models Shock Absorbers are specifically designed for each individual model to optimise handling performance and suspension safety. From the piston structure to the connective bushings, every Shock Absorber is designed for perfect fit. Many non-genuine shock absorbers are 'one size fits all' designs for a variety of cars regardless of individual requirements.
  • High Quality Materials Shock Absorbers include Teflon? processed piston bands and piston rods which are specially coated for superior rust resistance. These long-lasting parts work smoothly to reduce noise and bumps to make driving a pleasure. Many non-genuine shock absorbers avoid using Teflon? and other protective measures, reducing longevity and performance substantially.

Shock Absorbers are designed for longevity and performance, shock absorbers will always be inspected according to the servicing schedule.

Drive Belts

Drive Belts

In order to operate, your car engine relies on many other 'helping hands' around it. These include the cooling fan, water pump, power steering pump, alternator, and air conditioning compressor. All must work in perfect harmony to provide electrical charge, cooling, and other energies for safe, comfortable driving. All of these components rely on one piece of equipment, the drive belt, to perform their many mechanical tasks. Drive belts quite literally keep the many wheels of the engine turning.

Drive Belt diagram

Drive Belts will last 60,000 to 100,000km with normal use, but this can vary greatly due to harsh operating conditions. Signs and effects of a worn out drive belt:

  • A worn out belt may slip and become noisy
  • Reduced cooling efficiency
  • Improper battery charging
  • Problems with the power steering or air conditioning
  • Any visible damage to the belt
Drive Belt

Drive Belts

The role of a drive belt is to keep the many auxiliary components attached to your engine, turning. 

Individual Models Drive Belts are specifically designed for each individual model for perfect fit and tension between the various components they must drive. Many non-genuine drive belts are 'one size fits all' designs that can either be too loose, or too tight - either way, they can dramatically reduce the performance of relevant equipment.

  • High Quality MaterialsWith a rubber coated bottom layer to prevent cracking to heat-resistant tensioning members, Genuine Drive Belts are multi-layered for maximum longevity and performance.

Drive Belt Types

There are several different types of drive belts available - each performs an individual role according to the equipment it drives and engine type. These variations are:

  • Raw Edge BeltsIn plain, multi-ply and cogged configurations for passenger cars, trucks and buses including diesels.
  • V-Ribbed BeltsThese are thinner and more efficient in transferring power, and are used in small and high performance engines.

Drive Belts will always be inspected for wear and/or replaced according to the servicing schedule.

Toyota Corolla
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Engine Oil

Engine Oil

Changing your engine oil and filter regularly is one of the most important procedures you can do to extend the life and performance of your vechile. If you do a lot of stop/start driving, drive in dusty, dirty conditions or do a lot of towing you should change your engine oil more frequently (either by time or distance, as recommended in your service handbook). Always ensure that your oil filter is changed every time your engine oil is.

OIls & Lubricants
Oils And Lubricants
  • Motor Oils have been specifically formulated  to suit the diverse driving conditions your vechile may encounter.
  • The engine oil provides complete engine protection against starting friction, heat stress and engine sludging for better performance and maximum engine life.
Fuel Injection Cleaner

Fuel Injector Cleaner

Deposits can build up on fuel injectors over time that can cause issues such as reduced engine power, poor fuel economy and increased emissions. Fuel Injector Cleaner can rapidly penetrate these deposits, breaking them down so they can be dissolved into the fuel and burnt as part of the combustion process. This can restore your engine to its new car performance.

Fuel Injection Cleaner
Injector Cleaner
  • To maintain optimal performance, it is recommended that Injector Cleaner be used once every 2 years or 40,000kms or may be used as required to help restore engine performance.
  • Injector Cleaners are available for both petrol and diesel engines.
  • You can find out specific details for your in the additional service requirements in your Service & Warranty logbook.
Spark Plugs

Spark Plugs

The spark plug is one of the smallest and most important components in a petrol engine; it is responsible for actually making the engine operate. Thousands of times every minute, the spark plug ignites the fuel and air mixture, which propels the engine's cylinders to drive the car.

Genuine Spark Plug

Spark plugs must operate within a precise heat range. If they work outside that range, the plug will not operate at optimum efficiency, which can result in poor starting, reduced performance under load, and increased fuel consumption.

Equally important is the resistor located between the centre electrode and the centre axis, which prevents interference with onboard electronics such as your radio. So, if your radio is full of static, chances are you've got spark plugs that are impairing your engine's performance.

Common signs that your spark plugs need to be replaced include:

  • Difficult starting
  • Unstable running
  • Engine misfires
  • Increased fuel consumption
Spark Plug section

Genuine Spark Plugs

At first glance, all spark plugs look pretty much the same. However, there are many distinguishing features between spark plugs that can make enormous differences to the way your engine performs. In fact, non-genuine spark plugs might not only reduce performance, they can also increase the chances of damage to your engine.

A Unique Electrode for Better Spark

Genuine Spark Plugs feature a unique U-groove ground electrode, which means it creates a bigger and more consistent spark, allowing for:

  • Better fuel efficiency
  • Faster response
  • Lower gas emissions

Optimal Thermal Conduction

The case or housing around the internal spark plug components is vital to the stable performance and long life of the plug. The precise construction and quality materials of a Genuine Spark Plug housing ensures a high rate of thermal conduction which prevents the plugs from running 'too hot' or 'too cold' and causing engine misfires or pre-ignition (which may also cause engine damage.

Oil Filter

Oil Filters

The Oil Filter is a low cost part that needs regular replacing. Essentially its role is as the name suggests - to filter and remove dirt particles from the oil as it flows through the engine. It also allows for efficient lubrication of the hundreds of precision moving parts in your car's engine. Many of these parts operate at thousands of movements per minute. Even the tiniest foreign matter in your engine can create excess friction and damage. Oil Filters help prevent potential engine damage from happening.

Maintaining the oil filter allows for:

  • Efficient lubrication
  • Long life engine performance & protection.

Genuine Oil Filters

Oil Filter
Genuine Oil Filter

While the quality of the oil is vital to the performance of an engine, the quality of the Oil Filter is also crucial to the smooth operation and longevity of the engine. Only Genuine Oil Filters feature a dual-textured element to capture even the smallest particles.

There are three main features that determine the quality of an Oil Filter:

  • The ElementA Genuine Oil Filter features a dual-textured element - coarse on the outside, fine on the inside. This combination filters particles effectively and resists clogging. Non-genuine brands can be thin and finely meshed, making them prone to tearing and clogging, and as a result could need replacement more often.
  • Sealing CapabilityA Genuine Oil Filter uses durable, heat-resistant, non-stick acrylic rubber gaskets. Non-genuine filter gaskets without these features can be prone to rapid deterioration and damaging leaks.
  • ValvesA Genuine Oil Filter features two valves - a Bypass Valve which allows vital oil to still flow in the event of a filter becoming clogged, and an anti drain-back valve which prevents oil draining out of the engine and into the oil pan. This valve helps protect your engine from increased wear during cold starts.

Diesel Engine Oil Filter

The Genuine Diesel Oil Filter is designed to filter carbon as well as other contaminants. Non-genuine oil filters may fail to filter carbon, causing dirty oil, black smoke emissions, increased fuel consumption and engine wear. That's why you must always insist on Genuine.

Brake Pads

Brake Pads

Perhaps the most important safety feature of any car is the brakes. It is imperative to keep your car's brakes in top condition. At the centre of a car's stopping power are the actual brake pads, which grip the brake disc rotor to slow down your car. These are also the parts of the brake that require regular replacement because every single time you stop - you use them.

Disc Pads
Brake section

Needless to say, your car's ability to stop quickly and safely is crucial to accident prevention. Along with quality tyres, braking system and suspension, brake pads play a major role in the active safety features of your car. Brake pads work by pressing in and gripping both sides of the brake disc to slow the wheels. Quite simply, the ability to stop effectively lies principally on the performance ability of the brake pads.

Signs you may need to replace your brake pads:

  • Squeaking noise when brakes applied
  • Car judders when brakes applied
Brake Pads
Brake diagram

The Genuine Brake Pad

Genuine Brake Pads are designed as a perfect fit for each model , helping to ensure balanced braking and durability in wide ranging conditions - and that means excellent stopping power when you need it most.There are three main features that determine the quality of Brake Pads.

  • Brake Pad Lining Genuine Brake Pads are specifically designed for s, ensuring balanced, stable braking in wide-ranging temperatures and driving conditions. They are also super durable, and constructed without the use of asbestos for a safer environment as well as safer driving
  • Anti-Squeal shim Genuine Brake Pads feature a precision anti-squeal shim which prevents the high-frequency vibration which causes brake noise. Non-genuine pads may omit this feature, and the result could be annoyingly squeaky brakes.
  • Genuine FitStrict quality control is employed in every stage of Genuine Brake Pad manufacture. They are meticulously checked for accuracy of clearance between brake pad and caliper for smooth, safe, stopping.

Replacing your brake pads with

While dependent on your driving style, Genuine Brake Pads are generally designed to perform efficiently for the total time between recommended services. If you have your Service Centre service your car, then the brakes pads will always be inspected according to the servicing schedule.

Clutch & Pressure Plate

Clutches

The clutch is the vital link delivering engine power to the transmission. The role of the clutch is to effortlessly transfer the power from the engine to propel the vehicle. It really is the vital link between the power source (engine) and the power distribution (transmission, differential, axles and wheels). The functions of the clutch include:

  • The ability to cut engine power quickly for safe driving
  • Smooth, quiet transfer of engine power to transmission
  • Quick radiation of frictional heating
  • Maintaining inertia after disengagement
  • Making full use of the engine's power

In manual transmissions, the clutch engages and disengages the engine from the transmission as you change up and down gears or into reverse. This constant use when driving means clutches are prone to wear, and eventually need replacement.

Signs you might have a worn clutch are:

  • Poor acceleration
  • Increase in fuel consumption
  • Speed doesn't pick up quickly compared to amount of acceleration
  • Poor power when climbing hills

Genuine Clutches

Clutch Diagram
Clutch diagram
  • Genuine Technology for Superior Performance Genuine Clutches feature torsion rubber springs rather than traditional coil springs. These superior springs provide precisely balanced and quiet rotation at high speeds - thus reducing vibration significantly.
  • Superior Shock Absorption The Genuine Clutch Disc also provides easy half-clutch gear engagement because of its superior shock absorption characteristics. High slipping and high temperature resistance is achieved by using the finest quality materials on the disc facing. This ability to withstand temperature change also reduces wear-out.
  • An Exact Fit Because Genuine Clutch Kits are engineered to original manufacturing standards, they fit perfectly - first time, every time. This can save substantial costs simply by reducing the 'finicky' nature of some after-market clutch fitting.

Genuine has a comprehensive range of clutch kits for just about every model in existence. These are complete kits that include everything to rebuild a clutch - saving the repairer time and effort of sourcing individual components.

Car Coolant

Car Coolant

Your car coolant is crucial to your car's cooling system. The coolant contains glycol and water and is what prevents the engine from overheating. If your coolant level is consistently low, you may want to have a Service Technician check for a leak.

Car Coolant
Premixed Super Long Life Coolant

Where the climate can vary dramatically, the anti-boiling and anti-freezing properties of 50/50 Premixed Super Long Life Car Coolant are invaluable.

For optimum performance and cooling efficiency, have the car coolant replaced at intervals in accordance with your Service & Warranty logbook or every 80,000kms.