Radiator and Cooling System Service
Don’t be that car, stuck on the side of the road with steam pouring from under the hood. We will give your radiator and cooling system a well deserved service.
A fully functional and efficient cooling system circulates coolant to reduce heat around your engine. It is essential in preventing overheating, therefore reducing wear and tear of engine components.
If your dashboard shows your car is running hotter than normal or you are leaving puddles of coolant where ever you park, it is time to have your cooling system checked out. View our AutoFacts Video to learn how your cooling system works.
A regular radiator flush will prevent rust and debris from building up which creates congestion in your cooling system. This congestion will cause your cooling system to run inefficiently, leading to overheating of the engine and ultimately worse issues such as warped or broken engine blocks, corrosion or even engine failure.
When you visit your local Repco Authorised Service centre, trained and experienced mechanics will flush your radiator, using a solution to clean all channels of build up. When the cooling system is clean the solution is drained and the new coolant added. Your car’s cooling system will be running like a dream.
If you suspect your radiator or cooling system is struggling it is time to pop into you local Repco Authorised Service centre. We ensure your radiator is flushed at least once a year, as recommended, and we use quality products.
Timing Belt Maintenance
What is a timing belt?
Sometimes called a camshaft drive belt or cam belt: it is a reinforced, toothed rubber belt used in the engines of about 70% of today’s motor cars. It is propelled by the engine crankshaft and drives the camshaft which in turn opens the valves of the engine.
Where is it found?
It is at the front of the engine, usually under plastic covers to protect it from damage. It is behind the other more obvious drive belts such as the fan or alternator belts. As it cannot be seen without removing the covers and other components, it is often neglected.
Why does it wear?
The timing belt carries a very high load in the engine and, as with any rubber component of the vehicle, it perishes with age and is affected by heat and chemicals.
What will happen if it is not replaced on time?
If the belt is not replaced on time it may break or the drive teeth may strip. If this happens the camshaft in the engine stops rotating, leaving some valves open, protruding into the cylinders, the crankshaft continues to rotate and can push the pistons into the valves and bend them. This causes major engine damage which is very costly and time consuming to repair.
When should it be replaced?
Most car manufacturers recommend replacement from 60,000km to 100,00km. We strongly recommend replacement if the service history is not known. To replace the belt is only a fraction of the cost of repairing the damage caused should it break, not to mention the inconvenience of your car being out of use for many days.
We are happy to answer any more questions you may have regarding timing belt replacement.