Frequently Asked Questions

Is the price quoted, the price I will pay?

Yes, the price quoted is the price you’ll pay. You won’t pay a cent more and you’ll get exactly what’s listed in the inclusions.

And don’t worry, if there’s any additional work required, the mechanic will contact you and get your consent prior to starting.

You don’t pay anything until the service/repair is completed and you pick up the car.

Can I change my service date?

Sure, we get that things pop up. Just call our friendly team on 1300 655 661 and we’ll happily reschedule your booking.

Does the price include parts and labour?

Yes, all our pricing includes parts, labour and GST.

Is there a loan car available?

Some of our workshops do offer a loan car and/or a drop off service (up to 5km from the workshop).

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What's the difference between a basic service and a logbook service?

A basic service includes engine oil and engine oil filter change, as well as a general safety inspection and inspection of all fluids.

If minor quantities of fluids are required, the mechanic will top these up.

A logbook service is a series of scheduled tasks recommended by the vehicle manufacturer at certain time intervals. Every logbook service is different.

Will the mechanic stamp my logbook?

Absolutely, the mechanic will sign and stamp your logbook to meet manufacturer requirements.

They will sign off each task as it’s finished, and only stamp your logbook once all tasks specified by the manufacturer have been completed.

Will my warranty be affected if I book with one of your mechanics rather than the dealership?

Certified mechanical workshops and mobile mechanics are indeed qualified to carry out logbook servicing as per manufacturer’s specifications, without affecting a New Car Warranty.

Our mechanics are able to carry out logbook servicing, according to the manufacturer’s specifications, using quality parts and lubricants.

The mechanic will sign off each item and stamp your logbook once all tasks are completed and your warranty will remain unaffected.

Where can I find the inclusions for my service?

Once you’ve typed in all your details and submitted the quote request form, you’ll see a list of suitable mechanics in your area and their costs to carry out your car service.

You can view all the inclusions for your service by clicking the blue 'Service Inclusions' button at the top of the page.

Can the mechanic come to me?

Yes! Our network of mobile mechanics can come to your home or workplace to carry out vehicle inspections, car servicing and some minor repairs.

Go through the search process and when you come to the page listing mechanics in your area, click the “All Filters” button (top of page) and select “Mobile Mechanic” so that your search results feature only mobile mechanics servicing your area.

Can I get quotes for repairs and/or inspections?

You sure can! Simply type your inspection or repair job into the “Here are your quote details” section of the quote form (under +Repair or +Inspection buttons).

If your particular repair or inspection task isn’t listed under the common items tabs, type in your particular requirements in the “Describe what you need” box at the bottom of the section.

Should you have more than one repair or inspection task to quote, you can add more tasks by clicking the +Repair or +Inspection tabs.

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How Much does an AC Compressor Replacement Cost?

When the temperature gets steamy outside, the air conditioning system keeps your car’s interior comfortable by circulating refrigerant throughout the AC system.

The AC compressor pressurises the system to push the refrigerant throughout. Through normal wear and tear, and possibly due to an unexpected defect, the AC compressor may stop functioning or seize.

In many situations, the AC compressor lasts the whole life of the vehicle without requiring replacement, although failure is more likely after 150,000km.

On average, you can expect AC compressor replacement to cost $800 to $1,200 or more, depending on the make and model you drive.

Because it’s a cornerstone component of your air conditioning, your AC won’t function if the compressor is broken.

AC Compressor Replacement

What is an AC Compressor?

At the basic level, an AC compressor is a mechanical pump. It pressurises and circulates the refrigerant in your car’s AC system.

In turn, the rest of your AC system enables that refrigerant to cool the air that enters your car, but it all starts with the compressor.

An electrically-activated clutch on the compressor engages when the system detects lowering pressure. Inside the AC compressor, two pistons attached to a wobble plate pump the low-pressure refrigerant entering the compressor into the high-pressure side.

This cycle continues as long as the AC system is activated or the defogger is turned on.

A small amount of oil is required to lubricate the moving components.

The clutch mechanism utilises a bearing that can fail as well.

And if one of the seals or internal parts in the AC compressor develops a flaw, the compressor won’t function as it should or not at all, and will need to be replaced.

Symptoms that Your AC Compressor Requires Replacement

  • Clunking noise when clutch engages instead of light click
  • Warm air blowing through dash vents with AC system turned on
  • Broken serpentine belt from seized AC compressor clutch
  • External leak detected by technician’s diagnosis
  • Windows fog up in humid weather
AC Compressor Replacement Cost

How is AC Compressor Replacement Performed?

  • The technician recovers the refrigerant in the whole AC system, discharging any pressure
  • The serpentine belt is removed from the AC compressor clutch pulley and the clutch is unplugged
  • The low-side and high-side refrigerant lines are disconnected from the compressor body
  • The failed compressor is unbolted and removed, and a new AC compressor fitted
  • The lines are refitted and the belt and wiring put back in place
  • The AC system is recharged with refrigerant according to manufacturer’s specifications
  • The technician confirms the AC system’s operation

Tips to Remember

  • Refrigerant should always be recovered safely by a certified technician as releasing it into the environment is known to be harmful
  • A leak elsewhere in the AC system can seem like a failed compressor. Proper diagnosis by approved technicians can eliminate needless repairs

How Important is Replacing Your AC Compressor?

You may think it’s designed only to keep you cool. While it does so, the AC compressor also draws moisture out on the defog settings, maintaining clear windows so you can see.

Typically, a failed AC compressor won’t cause safety-related concerns but instead an annoyance for the driver and discomfort for all occupants.

If you’ve read this far, you obviously care about your car. A lot. So next time you need a service, repair or inspection, visit AutoGuru.com.au.

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