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 a Driveshaft Centre Bearing Replacement Cost?

Cars equipped with a rear differential receive power from the transmission to drive the rear wheels, and that power is transmitted through a driveshaft.

On longer driveshafts, a centre mount is used to support the driveshaft, and a centre bearing allows it to rotate freely.

Through normal operation, the driveshaft centre bearing can wear out or begin to seize, preventing the driveshaft from rotating smoothly.

The driveshaft centre bearing can often last your car’s lifetime with proper lubrication, and typically won’t fail before 150,000km, although extreme driving conditions can accelerate this.

The average replacement cost for your driveshaft centre bearing starts at just $200 but can range up to $1055 or more, depending on the make and model you drive.

Driveshaft Centre Bearing Replacement

What is a Driveshaft Centre Bearing?

On some rear-wheel-drive trucks and SUVs, the driveshaft is unusually long.

That can pose issues that include excessive stress, power loss, and damage due to impacts.

The solution is a two-part driveshaft using a centre support bearing. The driveshaft centre bearing allows for reliable shaft rotation as a pivot point, fastened securely to the car’s frame.

The driveshaft centre bearing is comprised of an external metal structure that fastens to the underside of the frame.

A highly durable ball bearing assembly is mounted inside a rubber or polyethylene bushing, contained within the metal structure.

This rubber bushing helps eliminate vibration and excessive wear.

If the centre bearing develops wear or seized due to lack of lubrication, or if the bushing wears out or tears, driveshaft centre bearing replacement will be necessary.

Symptoms You Require Driveshaft Centre Bearing Replacement

  • Squeaking or chirping noise under your car when driving
  • Vibration when driving that worsens as speeds increase
  • Binding feeling when driving
Driveshaft Centre Bearing Replacement Cost

How Driveshaft Centre Bearing Replacement is Performed

  • The car is lifted on a hoist and the drivetrain inspected
  • The rear driveshaft is disconnected from the differential and the slip yoke is removed from the rear of the transmission
  • The centre bearing bolts are removed and a new centre bearing is installed
  • The driveshaft is refitted and secured
  • The car is lowered and the technician performs a road test to confirm the repair

Tips to Remember

  • It’s often a good idea to replace the transmission output shaft seal when the slip yoke is removed, preventing a future leak.
  • The driveshaft centre bearing may, on some cars, be replaced along with the complete driveshaft assembly.

How Important is Replacing Your Driveshaft Centre Bearing?

Having the centre bearing replaced on your driveshaft when it exhibits symptoms will keep your car operating dependably and safely at all speeds.

If you operate your car with a faulty driveshaft centre bearing, failure can cause you to lose control of your car, endangering your occupants and other motorists around you.

As well, a failed centre support bearing can cause extreme damage under your car if you’re driving when it comes apart.

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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