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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.

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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.

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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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Flash Diesel – Optimised tuning solutions

Looking to enhance the performance of your Diesel Engine to meet your needs?

Get outstanding diesel tuning and diesel upgrade services to extract the most from your vehicle.

Flash Diesel provides exceptional diesel engine tuning and upgrades that will give you more power and torque, and better drive-ability.

We are the largest custom diesel tuning company in Australia, with over 15 years experience delivering outstanding diesel engine services throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Our technicians are experienced experts who deliver customised diesel solutions to meet the individual need of each customer.

Widely considered as the “Trusted Name” in tuning, Flash Diesel is the leading diesel tuning network in Australia. We’ve been offering diesel tuning and upgrade solutions for over 15 years in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. We deliver a variety of outstanding diesel vehicle services including ECU Remapping, intercooler upgrade, and more, to enhance the performance of your diesel vehicle. We provide and utilize the highest quality products, as well as the best workmanship to ensure that we meet and exceed your expectations.

Although diesel tuning is widely available and offered by many outlets, if you want a great result, tuning your diesel vehicle is a delicate procedure that requires a professional, well equipped and well trained experienced team. At Flash Diesel, we are committed to our customers and pride ourselves on our ability to deliver exceptional diesel tuning services. Our flash tuning software is custom developed in our head office by experts with decades of experience, to provide a vast range of upgrade options for each of the supported vehicles as well as meet each customers’ needs. Our knowledgeable team can offer a solution to your needs. Call us on 07 4952 3821.

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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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Lovells – Suspension and towing solutions

Lovells – For the Ride of your Life

Viking Drive and Viking Mechanical are excited to be the authorised Lovells supplier in the Mackay district.

Lovells Automotive Systems Pty Ltd is in its 90th year of business as a manufacturer and supplier of premium quality springs and suspension components to suit a broad range of applications for the automotive, camper trailer, towing components, agriculture, mining and railway industries.

Lovells has cemented their reputation as a world leader, manufacturer and supplier of premium quality springs and suspension components to give you “The Ride of your Life”

The company’s philosophy of up to a standard and not down to a price paired with a commitment to customer satisfaction and continuous improvement provide the basis for a focus on the quality of the product, as well as the quality of the business relationships we develop with our clients.

Our suspension components are sold all over the world, leading the way in unsurpassed quality, technical co-operation and customer service.

From performance vehicles to intercity express passenger trains to rugged mining vehicles and freight locomotives, Lovells have the experience to supply all of your suspension needs.

No matter what your driving requirements, we can find a solution to improve your ride with Lovells Automotive Systems Pty Ltd.

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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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SafeTstop – Plate brake tester

SafeTstop – Saving money and saving lives

Our state-of-the-art Safe-T-Stop brake tester allows us to test wheel alignment and suspension; a weigh bridge is integrated into the system, ensuring loads are legal. Excessive tyre wear is measured and allows us to minimise drag so you can achieve improved fuel efficient and reduced tyre wear. Suspension is checked for compression and rebound, with results shown in percentages. Shock absorber performance can therefore be assessed. Printed test results will indicate brake imbalances which may lead to dangerous emergency braking problems. The weigh-bridge allows corner weight measurements as well as axle weight and total vehicle weights to be assessed; useful for utilities and 4 wheel drives. We provide printed proof on the safety of your vehicle – SafeTstop test brakes, rather than just “checking” brakes – expect more!

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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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Diesel Fuel Injection Diagnostics

Diesel Fuel Injection Diagnostics

Specialists in diesel technologies and DPF cleaning, We find out exactly what’s happening under the bonnet with our advanced diagnostic equipment. We provide top quality DPF (diesel particulate filter) cleaning services for your diesel engine. Remove the harmful diesel particulate matter or soot from the exhaust system. Our cleaning process uses the industry’s most sophisticated technology and machinery. We are the only authorised Bosch Diesel Centre in the Mackay area. This means we use the best tools, test equipment, parts, specifications and training from the manufacturers. All of the fuel injection components and specifications adhere to the manufacturer’s quality and standards. For quality diesel system repairs, maintenance and cleaning services, come to Viking Mechanical and Dieseltec QLD. Viking Mechanical acquired Dieseltec QLD in 2016, which enables the group to look after all your diesel and petrol requirements under one roof.

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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Keeping it Local.. Support Local

Keeping it Local. Support Local.

Audi, BMW, Skoda, Peugeot or any other European vehicle owners?

Viking Mechanical, Paget have technicians fully qualified to service and diagnose European manufactured vehicles.

As an approved repair centre and by using OEM parts we protect your new car warranty.

Experienced, qualified technicians to look after your asset in our state of the art facilities.

No need to travel great distances for log book servicing for your BMW Audi  VW or Jaguar,

bring it to the locals and rest assured your car in in safe hands

Visit vikingmechanical.com.au for more information

Viking Mechanical – We’ll give it Horns.

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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THE $25 000 EXHAUST

THE $25 000 EXHAUST

Why removing IS a problem

Pollution equipment, like exhaust systems themselves, are fitted for a reason. EGR coolers and DPF’s both work to significantly improve the quality of the air we breathe.

To persuade people not to tamper with these systems there’s a blanket rule that covers disabling any emissions devices on a vehicle and the fines are eye watering. $$$$$$$

On the spot, you can be handed a $500 fine for removing your DPF. If you end up in front of a judge that fine can be increased to $22 000. Get caught selling a car with emissions gear removed? That’s a potential $250,000 fine for an individual and up to $1,000,000 for the shop that did the work. Those are eye watering amounts of money, especially when you consider a competent workshop can keep your emissions systems in tip-top shape.

Get Your Vehicle Parts From Viking Mechanical

We have decades of auto service excellence, and are ready to service all makes and models of vehicles. At Viking Mechanical, we take our time getting to the bottom of any performance issue. Come to us first to avoid time-consuming misdiagnosis and incorrect part replacements. We’ll make sure your vehicle leaves our shop in much better condition than when it arrived. Save time and money by receiving the right auto service and part replacement the first time! Make us your first and last stop. Give us a call today at +61 7 4952 6510 to book your part replacement service. Next time you’re in the area, feel free to stop by to meet our experts. We gladly accept all walk-ins.

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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The First Line of Defence for your Diesel Engine

The First Line of Defence for your Diesel Engine

Direction-Plus™ is one of Australia’s most trusted brands for supplying technically superior, best in class kits & accessories for diesel-fuelled passenger 4×4 vehicles. Direction-Plus™ Pre-Filter kits protects your diesel engine against water and particle contamination’.

Provent® oil separator kits protect your modern diesel engine by substantially reducing the amount of oil entering the engine from blow-by gas in the crankcase ventilation system.

PRELINE-Plus® pre-filter kits include an intuitive multi-stage water alert that separates it from other kits on the market. The PRELINE-Plus® system is tailored to the most modern diesel direct injection systems for diesel engines. Diesel fuel additives and test kits designed to protect and get the highest level of performance out of your diesel engine.

Our industry knowledge and experience ensures you receive quality advice and reliable parts the first time, every time.

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.

Get Your Vehicle Parts From Viking Mechanical

We have decades of auto service excellence, and are ready to service all makes and models of vehicles. At Viking Mechanical, we take our time getting to the bottom of any performance issue. Come to us first to avoid time-consuming misdiagnosis and incorrect part replacements. We’ll make sure your vehicle leaves our shop in much better condition than when it arrived. Save time and money by receiving the right auto service and part replacement the first time! Make us your first and last stop. Give us a call today at +61 7 4952 6510 to book your part replacement service. Next time you’re in the area, feel free to stop by to meet our experts. We gladly accept all walk-ins.

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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