Victoria COVID-19 lock down

Victoria will enter a 7-day lockdown from 11:59pm AEST Thursday 27 May to 11:59pm AEST Thursday 3 June.

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If you can answer yes to one of the three questions below, you can continue with your booking

  1. Are you an essential service or critical service employee? (Essential service employees list can be found here.)
  2. Is the service you require a breakdown or emergency repair?
  3. Is this something that is a matter of safety and you believe it cannot wait until restrictions ease?

If you feel there are extenuating circumstances with your booking or need further assistance please call 13 30 32 for help as to whether we can be of service to you.

Lube Mobile Hygiene Practices When Servicing Customers Vehicles

There is evidence that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads from person to person, some reports suggest the virus can last for several days on surfaces including plastics found in vehicles.

Good hygiene can prevent infection from coronavirus as well as the common cold and flu.

With this in mind we wish to share with you what practices Lube Mobile have put in place to ensure the safety of our Customers and of our staff.

Prior to working inside a vehicle, the Lube Mobile technician will use the following procedure;

  1. The technician will check with you whether you have been overseas and ordered to comply with a self-isolation order.

  2. Disinfect car. 

  3. Disinfect hands. 

  4. Where possible avoid switching on HAVAC system (air conditioning / heater control). 

Disinfect Car

  1. Disinfect outside door handle prior to entering the vehicle. 

  2. Spray or wipe all relevant areas inside the vehicle. 

  3. Allow disinfectant to sit for up to 10mins to dry by airing out the vehicle. 

  4. Conduct works inside the vehicle.

  5. When the work is finished we will give the vehicle a final spray or wipe prior to returning the vehicle to you (including outside door handle). 

Parts of the Vehicle to be Disinfected

  1. Door handle (outside first then inside). 

  2. Steering wheel. 

  3. Radio and other control buttons and indicators. 

  4. Seat belt. 

  5. Any other areas we may need to touch when working inside the vehicle (i.e. glove box handles, drink holders, dashboard, hand brake and gears etc.) 

Disinfect Hands

  1. We will use hand sanitiser or washing of hands prior to entering the vehicle. 

  2. After completing the work we will Sanitise our hands thoroughly and close the door to the vehicle. 

Payment and Invoicing

  1. No Cash payments. Our strong preference is payment by card via the tap and go facility. 

  2. Printing of invoices and quotes will cease and we will instead email them to you. 

Should you have any queries regarding our Coronavirus (Covid-19) procedures, or any other matter please do not hesitate in contacting us on 13 30 32.

CV Joint

car repairs

In the CV joint (abbreviation for constant velocity joint), the CV boot is what holds all the lubricant to keep it functioning properly. The boot provides housing to keep all the grease and other lubricants that protect the CV joint from wear and rust. Without the CV boot, the constant velocity joint will quickly deteriorate and then you’ll be up for a large repair bill instead of a simple boot replacement.

The boot of a CV joint can easily be damaged. This is most often caused by road debris or simply age. When the boot is in poor condition it can tear and rupture. This will lead to the expulsion of grease around the joint and causing it to fail. In the worst-case scenario, when constant velocity joints break, you’ll lose control of the car and it may be difficult to steer.

The CV joint should be a part of the checks performed during a car service. When you book in for any car repairs, they should give the entire cv shaft a check over to make sure that everything is running as it should. For any services, you can call Lube Mobile and our mobile mechanics can go through the checks they need to complete on your car as a part of their standard servicing.

Lube Mobile is your local mobile mechanic and we have been operating for over 30 years. We have serviced thousands of CV joints and we exactly know what you’re looking for and how to make sure your car is running in the best condition possible. We have vans operating across Australia in all major towns and cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, and Brisbane. For a complete list of the areas we operate in, please feel free to check our website, or call us on 13 30 32.

How do you check a CV joint?

One of the easiest ways, or certainly a sign of an early problem, is that when you perform a U-turn. If you hear a clicking sound when you turn, it might be a warning sign. Find an area where you can complete several U-turns and try to replicate the noise. Then park the car in a safe spot and check underneath the car.

With the help of a small flashlight check around the CV boots. These are cone-shaped rubber covers that go over the joints. On most cars, you should have four of them. Start by checking the side that you hear a noise from. Use the flashlight and look for any grease spots. The boots should be free from any grease, if you see anything there may be a leak or split in the rubber.

A split in the rubber seal of a joint is a sign that the boots are worn and need replacing. If the problem has been caught early enough all it might need is a boot replacement and the refilling of lubricant around the joint. To protect your car, the boots should be replaced immediately and a mechanic will check over the joint to make certain that no further damage has occurred.

What are the symptoms of a bad CV joint?

Any part of your car going bad is never a good sign, but when that part caters to the car’s movement, such as steering or the axles, it can lead to huge problems. One of the best ways to stop this from happening is being aware of the noises, smells and sounds of your car. The minute that something does not seem right, it needs to be checked over by a professional. If you have trouble getting your car to a mechanic, this is where hiring a mobile mechanic like Lube Mobile is perfect.

Some of the classic signs that your CV axles and joints are not performing at their best are:

  1. Knocking sounds from the wheels

  2. Clicking or loud sounds when turning

  3. The car feels like it is bouncing rather than a smooth ride

  4. Grease on the wheels or tyres

  5. The car is vibrating more than usual

Any of these signs could be a sign that your joints are not working as well as they should. You can perform a check on the CV joints yourself to see if there are any visible signs of wear. But, in many cases, it is best to have a mechanic check them for you.

How hard is it to replace a CV joint?

Unless you're a skilled mechanic, it can be best to leave the repair of a CV joint up to a professional. As they are easily damaged if not installed properly and can require special tools to get all the parts removed and replaced. In most cases, it can take a few hours to replace a constant velocity joint properly. The cost will depend on the type of car you drive and the availability (and expense) of the parts.

For many vehicles, the cost of the replacement joint is not excessive, but the overall repair can take around two-three hours depending on the complexity of your car. Any mechanic should be able to give you an estimate on the cost of replacing the constant velocity joints on your car.

Having a skilled mechanic fully examine the CV joint, CV axle, and CV boot will give you a good guide for what parts need to get replaced and what is okay to keep going. With some cars, it may be cheaper (and more worthwhile) to replace the entire assembly. When you hire Lube Mobile, we can advise you on what your best options are, and how to proceed with your car repairs.

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