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Lane Keeping Issues

Lane Keeping Issues

All lane keeping technologies are dependent on a clear unobstructed view of the lane markings for optimal operation. Anything that interferes with the view of the forward facing camera can have a detrimental impact on the system to accurately detect lane markings. The most common issues preventing a lane keeping system from functioning properly are vehicle related.

  • Dirty windshield – dirt, mud, bugs and or pollen on the windshield in front of the camera can at best cause the system to deactivate, or at worst, cause the system to misidentify lane markings.
  • Worn windshield wipers – may leave streaks in front of the camera thereby obstructing the view.
  • Ice or snow on windshield – an improperly cleared windshield during a winter storm may totally obstruct the forward facing camera.
  • Damaged windshield – chips or cracks on the windshield which extend into the camera’s field of view may block or distort the camera’s view
  • Glass quality – poor quality aftermarket glass has been know to cause distortion of the camera’s view, impairing the system’s ability to accurately detect lane markings.
  • FRIT fitment – also an issue with poor quality aftermarket glass, a poor fitting FRIT may partially or fully obstruct the camera’s view. There have been cases of poor FRIT fitment obstructing one camera of a stereo camera system. Objects on dash – certain objects placed on the dash, like a white piece of paper, can cause a reflection on the windshield which may confuse the forward facing camera. This is especially true on vehicles with a very deep dash
  • Damaged camera bracket – a damaged camera bracket which was reinstalled after glass replacement may cause the forward facing camera to be mounted incorrectly, impacting the camera’s ability to accurately identify lane markings.

Schedule Your Auto Maintenance Service Today

We understand how important your car, truck or SUV is to your daily schedule. Whether you’re using your vehicle for a morning commute or a cross-country road trip, you should contact our experts to ensure peak performance. Our goal is to keep your vehicle safe, fuel efficient and performing at its very best. Customers come to us for real solutions to all vehicle systems – engine, mechanical and electrical. Our team has over 80 years of combined experience in the auto repair industry. Give us a call today at 07 4952 6510 to schedule your next auto repair appointment. Next time you’re in the area, feel free to stop by. We gladly accept all of our walk-ins!

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Bosch ADAS Calibration of the future.

Bosch ADAS Calibration of the future.

Modern passenger cars and vans are nowadays increasingly equipped with driver assistance systems. To ensure workshops are best prepared for these latest trends and safety-related developments in vehicle technologies, Bosch offers expertise and tools to help them perform reliable repairs. These include efficient ADAS diagnostics and calibration solutions for automobile body shops, fast-fit shops, and workshop concepts. The focus here is on multibrand compatibility and comprehensive calibration verification.

Viking Drive has invested in the latest technology from Bosch, technicians are able to calibrate ADAS technology from the most popular OEMs like General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen.

  • Thirteen camera targets covering the most popular OEMS, including Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Mazda, Subaru, Nissan, Toyota and Mitsubishi.
  • Recalibration fixture and distance markers.
  • Bosch ADAS Positioning System (BAP) that utilizes technology and industrial-grade vision cameras to measure the distance and angles of the fixture, in relation to the vehicle.
  • Dual-purpose Volkswagen radar and camera board – The DAS 3000 includes a specially designed target board used for calibrating radar systems and Volkswagen cameras.

Types of ADAS

Whilst some forms of ADAS are pre-built into cars, there are also some systems that can be added on. Here are some common types of ADAS that are available in most modern cars today.

  • GPS Navigation: When was the last time you used a paper map? GPS Navigation systems are inbuilt screens that guide you to your destination via a visual map and vocal directions. Most GPS Navigation systems today will also provide you with live traffic updates so that you can navigate around areas that are busy.
  • Adaptive Light Control: This ADAS component assists drivers by automatically turning on the headlights when the natural lighting is reduced.
  • Collision Avoidance Systems: Collusion avoidance systems are powered by multiple sensors which warn you when your vehicle is critically close to another object. Collision Avoidance Systems are invaluable in warning drivers when there are unseen obstructions in your blind spots.
  • Automatic Braking: Automatic braking systems assist the driver in cases of high-speed collisions by automatically slowing down the vehicle to lessen any potential damages caused.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control: If you plan on making a trip along the highway, especially if it’s a long trip, you’ll want to activate cruise control to make your journey a lot easier. With advanced cruise control systems, your vehicle will be programmed to autonomously slow down or speed up in reaction to the vehicle directly ahead of you.

Schedule Your Auto Maintenance Service Today

We understand how important your car, truck or SUV is to your daily schedule. Whether you’re using your vehicle for a morning commute or a cross-country road trip, you should contact our experts to ensure peak performance. Our goal is to keep your vehicle safe, fuel efficient and performing at its very best. Customers come to us for real solutions to all vehicle systems – engine, mechanical and electrical. Our team has over 80 years of combined experience in the auto repair industry. Give us a call today at 07 4952 6510 to schedule your next auto repair appointment. Next time you’re in the area, feel free to stop by. We gladly accept all of our walk-ins!

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What is ADAS – Advanced Driver Assistance Systems?

What is ADAS – Advanced Driver Assistance Systems?

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS, is the term used to describe the growing number of safety functions designed to improve driver, passenger and pedestrian safety by reducing both the severity and overall number of motor vehicle accidents. ADAS can warn drivers of potential dangers, intervene to help the driver remain in control in order to prevent an accident and, if necessary, reduce the severity of an accident if it can’t be avoided.

In short, ADAS compensates for our mistakes, be they inattentiveness, erroneous control inputs or, up to a point, downright stupidity. As uncomfortable as humans are with admitting it, we are not perfect–but ADAS is here to help. At least that’s the idea. ADAS are becoming much more common with new models of vehicles. They are no longer limited to luxury vehicles. Some systems may become standard on all vehicle makes.

ADAS available at Viking Drive

We have invested in the latest calibration technologies from Bosch, understanding the rapid increase in use of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) in new cars and the need for calibration ensuring driver safety.

  • Sensor calibration required even after minor repairs, maintenance or service tasks
  • Expanded set with calibration targets for almost all European, Japanese and Korean makes
  • Professional calibration tools, know-how and intelligent workshop software

For more information on how ADAS works, or calibration requirements, give the team at Viking Drive a call on (07) 4952 3821.

Schedule Your Auto Maintenance Service Today

We understand how important your car, truck or SUV is to your daily schedule. Whether you’re using your vehicle for a morning commute or a cross-country road trip, you should contact our experts to ensure peak performance. Our goal is to keep your vehicle safe, fuel efficient and performing at its very best. Customers come to us for real solutions to all vehicle systems – engine, mechanical and electrical. Our team has over 80 years of combined experience in the auto repair industry. Give us a call today at 07 4952 6510 to schedule your next auto repair appointment. Next time you’re in the area, feel free to stop by. We gladly accept all of our walk-ins!

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Auto Electrical Service at Viking Mechanical

Advanced Electrical System Diagnosis

Cars, trucks and SUVs are being designed and manufactured with more electrical components than ever before. We stay abreast of all the technological advances by continually training our technicians and our expert electrical system diagnosis will make sure your vehicle is in optimal condition. Electrical systems can be affected by minor and major impacts, let us provide the in-depth understanding from a maintenance inspection. We manage all makes and models of vehicles, foreign and domestic. If any replacement parts, maintenance services or wiring adjustments are necessary, we’re your team. We are here to make sure your vehicle is comfortable, safe and dependable.

Windows, Doors and Engine–Complete Electrical Services

Find out the truth about your vehicle’s electrical system with comprehensive diagnosis. Our expert electrical system diagnosis will make sure your vehicle is in optimal condition. The team at Viking Mechanical is always prepared to handle any auto electrical service that you bring to us. We manage all makes and models of vehicles, foreign and domestic. Keep your vehicle’s systems operating at their best by visiting our shop for an inspection. Electrical systems can be affected by minor and major impacts. Let our team provide the in depth understanding from a maintenance inspection. If any replacement parts, maintenance services or wiring adjustments are necessary, we’re your team. We are here to make sure your vehicle is comfortable, safe and dependable.

Booking Appointments for Auto Electrical Service

Let us take care of your vehicle’s electrical system needs today. Our team is experienced in repairing all minor and major malfunctions with the electrical system. Keep your vehicle’s windows, doors and locks operating as effectively as possible. Any window or door jams, inactive or slow responses, and general electric malfunctions are handled by our electrical system experts. Give us a call today at +61 7 4952 6510 to book an electrical system service. We handle all makes and models of vehicles. Save time by using our convenient online booking system. Next time you’re in the area, feel free to stop by and let our auto electrical service experts perform any necessary maintenance services. We gladly accept all of our walk-in customers!

Schedule Your Auto Maintenance Service Today

We understand how important your car, truck or SUV is to your daily schedule. Whether you’re using your vehicle for a morning commute or a cross-country road trip, you should contact our experts to ensure peak performance. Our goal is to keep your vehicle safe, fuel efficient and performing at its very best. Customers come to us for real solutions to all vehicle systems – engine, mechanical and electrical. Our team has over 80 years of combined experience in the auto repair industry. Give us a call today at 07 4952 6510 to schedule your next auto repair appointment. Next time you’re in the area, feel free to stop by. We gladly accept all of our walk-ins!

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Bosch Car Services

Bosch Car Services

These FAQ’s are provided as an information aid to our customers and to assist in dispelling the myths surrounding new car servicing and manufacturers warranties. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) also provide guidance on their website.

Question: A Dealer told me I’ll void my warranty if you service my car, is that right?

Fact: There is NO requirement to service your car at a manufacturer’s dealership to preserve:

  • any manufacturer’s warranty (that may apply to your vehicle);
  • any state or territory based statutory warranty (that may apply to your vehicle); or
  • your rights to Consumer Guarantees (formerly known as implied statutory warranties).

Question: What steps will you take to protect my warranty?

Fact: We are qualified to carry out log book servicing and we ensure that work is done according to the manufacturer’s specifications, using appropriate quality parts and lubricants where required.

Question: How long should my Consumer Guarantees apply?

Fact: It’s a common misconception that your Consumer Guarantees have a specific time limit. Whilst a manufacturer may choose to put a time limit on their warranty, this cannot replace your Consumer Guarantees. Protection provided under Australian Consumer Law will take into account the purchase price, realistic time expectations of when a failure may occur, any advertising claims and the conditions under which a vehicle should operate. A manufacturer’s warranty is in addition to, not in lieu of your Consumer Guarantees.

Question: What if I have a warranty claim – can you fix that?

Fact: Should you have a warrantable defect, it may be a condition of the warranty that any work to replace or repair the defect is carried out at a dealer workshop/s. However, the manufacturer may still choose at their discretion to allow us to do the work on their behalf.

Question: Can you stamp my logbook?

Fact: We can and WE WILL stamp your log book to verify the work has been conducted by fully qualified staff according to manufacturer’s specifications, using appropriate quality parts.

Question: Will having my car serviced here preserve my resale value?

Fact: Evidence of a well maintained car will usually augur well for upholding resale value.

Question: What about extended warranty or specific ‘service plans’?

Fact: Motor vehicle dealers sometimes offer their own extended warranties on vehicles, which usually kick in after the manufacturer’s warranty and may stipulate that the vehicle must be serviced by the actual dealer offering the warranty. They are generally within their right to impose this condition, although we add the caution that such warranties are not always what they seem and we are happy to advise you on the conditions and relative value before you commit to any service plan.

Schedule Your Auto Maintenance Service Today

We understand how important your car, truck or SUV is to your daily schedule. Whether you’re using your vehicle for a morning commute or a cross-country road trip, you should contact our experts to ensure peak performance. Our goal is to keep your vehicle safe, fuel efficient and performing at its very best. Customers come to us for real solutions to all vehicle systems – engine, mechanical and electrical. Our team has over 80 years of combined experience in the auto repair industry. Give us a call today at 07 4952 6510 to schedule your next auto repair appointment. Next time you’re in the area, feel free to stop by. We gladly accept all of our walk-ins!

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New Car Warranties (FAQ)

New Car Warranties – Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQ’s are provided as an information aid to our customers and to assist in dispelling the myths surrounding new car servicing and manufacturers warranties. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) also provide guidance on their website.

Question: A Dealer told me I’ll void my warranty if you service my car, is that right?

Fact: There is NO requirement to service your car at a manufacturer’s dealership to preserve:

  • any manufacturer’s warranty (that may apply to your vehicle);
  • any state or territory based statutory warranty (that may apply to your vehicle); or
  • your rights to Consumer Guarantees (formerly known as implied statutory warranties).

Question: What steps will you take to protect my warranty?

Fact: We are qualified to carry out log book servicing and we ensure that work is done according to the manufacturer’s specifications, using appropriate quality parts and lubricants where required.

Question: How long should my Consumer Guarantees apply?

Fact: It’s a common misconception that your Consumer Guarantees have a specific time limit. Whilst a manufacturer may choose to put a time limit on their warranty, this cannot replace your Consumer Guarantees. Protection provided under Australian Consumer Law will take into account the purchase price, realistic time expectations of when a failure may occur, any advertising claims and the conditions under which a vehicle should operate. A manufacturer’s warranty is in addition to, not in lieu of your Consumer Guarantees.

Question: What if I have a warranty claim – can you fix that?

Fact: Should you have a warrantable defect, it may be a condition of the warranty that any work to replace or repair the defect is carried out at a dealer workshop/s. However, the manufacturer may still choose at their discretion to allow us to do the work on their behalf.

Question: Can you stamp my logbook?

Fact: We can and WE WILL stamp your log book to verify the work has been conducted by fully qualified staff according to manufacturer’s specifications, using appropriate quality parts.

Question: Will having my car serviced here preserve my resale value?

Fact: Evidence of a well maintained car will usually augur well for upholding resale value.

Question: What about extended warranty or specific ‘service plans’?

Fact: Motor vehicle dealers sometimes offer their own extended warranties on vehicles, which usually kick in after the manufacturer’s warranty and may stipulate that the vehicle must be serviced by the actual dealer offering the warranty. They are generally within their right to impose this condition, although we add the caution that such warranties are not always what they seem and we are happy to advise you on the conditions and relative value before you commit to any service plan.

Schedule Your Auto Maintenance Service Today

We understand how important your car, truck or SUV is to your daily schedule. Whether you’re using your vehicle for a morning commute or a cross-country road trip, you should contact our experts to ensure peak performance. Our goal is to keep your vehicle safe, fuel efficient and performing at its very best. Customers come to us for real solutions to all vehicle systems – engine, mechanical and electrical. Our team has over 80 years of combined experience in the auto repair industry. Give us a call today at 07 4952 6510 to schedule your next auto repair appointment. Next time you’re in the area, feel free to stop by. We gladly accept all of our walk-ins!

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RACQ Trusted Repairer

RACQ Trusted Repairer

Are you looking for a mechanic you can trust? As a RACQ Authorised Repairer you can be assured of a high level of service.

Complying with RACQ’s high standard of service, our expert team of automotive technicians can perform general and specialists’ repairs, including auto-electrical, air-conditioning, radiator repairs and automatic transmissions. Caravanners and 4 x 4 travellers can be assured of a RACQ approved repairer you can trust. As a specialised diesel center we can service, repair and supply parts on all makes of diesel vehicles. Our details are listed on the RACQ website for further information

Schedule Your Auto Maintenance Service Today

We understand how important your car, truck or SUV is to your daily schedule. Whether you’re using your vehicle for a morning commute or a cross-country road trip, you should contact our experts to ensure peak performance. Our goal is to keep your vehicle safe, fuel efficient and performing at its very best. Customers come to us for real solutions to all vehicle systems – engine, mechanical and electrical. Our team has over 80 years of combined experience in the auto repair industry. Give us a call today at 07 4952 6510 to schedule your next auto repair appointment. Next time you’re in the area, feel free to stop by. We gladly accept all of our walk-ins!

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Book Your Vehicle and Diesel Service

Book Your Vehicle and Diesel Service

Viking Mechanical is here to keep your vehicle at peak performance. We do this with quality maintenance service plans that help you avoid costly repairs. Avoid a misdiagnosis or an unnecessary repair by trusting your vehicle to our highly qualified technicians. All makes and models, foreign and domestic we use advanced diagnostic technology to exacting standards. Our services will improve your vehicle’s overall performance and efficiency. This will increase your engine’s longevity and help you retain your vehicle’s resale value. Give us a call today at +61 7 4952 6510 to book your next diesel service or vehicle service appointment. You can save time by booking your appointment right now, using our convenient online booking system. Next time you’re in the area, feel free to stop by to meet our experts.

Schedule Your Auto Maintenance Service Today

We understand how important your car, truck or SUV is to your daily schedule. Whether you’re using your vehicle for a morning commute or a cross-country road trip, you should contact our experts to ensure peak performance. Our goal is to keep your vehicle safe, fuel efficient and performing at its very best. Customers come to us for real solutions to all vehicle systems – engine, mechanical and electrical. Our team has over 80 years of combined experience in the auto repair industry. Give us a call today at 07 4952 6510 to schedule your next auto repair appointment. Next time you’re in the area, feel free to stop by. We gladly accept all of our walk-ins!

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