• Cowden Automotive
    Car Service and Repair

    Northern Sydney's most trusted auto body repair experts

    Top-notch service is our main auto motive.

WHY CHOOSE COWDEN AUTOMOTIVE ?

Cowden Automotive is a family run company that has been servicing vehicles on the Northern Beaches since 1983.

Most Trusted Car Service and Repair Center
Free Pick-Up and Drop-Off
Servicing and Repairs at a very reasonable Price
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"If your engine is sick or tired we have the equipment to check, diagnose and efficiently fix any problem you may have" - COWDEN AUTOMOTIVE

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VEHICLE SERVICES

WE KNOW AND UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH YOUR VEHICLE MEANS TO YOU.

E-REGO

Rego inspections can be done 6mths ahead of time.

You have two choices.

1 be ahead of the game.

2 leave it till the last minute.

If you chose 1 that's good for both of us.

If you choose 2 then that's ok as well if the car passes the inspection.

If it does not then that's not good for you, If my diary is full then I may not be able to get to your car for several days if the work required is more than a light bulb.

After 35 years I take a stand on not working back late and put myself out or inconveniencing other customers to fix your decision to go with #2. Things are not as simple as thought ,just to fix an oil leak these days can take hours so you need to keep in mind that you need to do this earlier than latter especially if you drive an older car.

If you require rust or panel repairs it can take 2-3 weeks just to get into a panel shop these days.

Most are not interested in doing rust repairs so you need to be on top of these issues before your due date.

BOOKING IN

0456177086 / +61 2 9938 3730

The book in stage is very important, for that reason that is why this is a phone only process.

When booking in I need to know you mileage give or take a 1000km.

What mileage is on the lube sticker.

The next thing is there anything you know about, like that suspension noise you hear going over a speed hump, or that grinding noise every time you put your foot on the brake, these things I need to know.

When booking you in I estimate how many hours I need to allow for your car.

When you turn up and give me a list of issues that we have not discussed I also have not allowed time for this and may not be able to finish the car as other jobs are booked and must also be finished.

I often do 12hr days because of the extra work found that customers don't know about so if I can get a heads up on the things you do it makes a huge difference.

PICK UP & DELIVERY

0456177086 / +61 2 9938 3730
PLEASE NOTE

THIS IS NOT A BREAK DOWN SERVICE

If you have broken down you require a tow truck

I do offer a free pick up service, I can only do one per day.

Cowden Automotive is located in Brookvale.

I will pick up from Manly to the spit bridge then all the way to Narrabeen.

Up to Roseville bridge , Frenchs Forest ,Belrose as per map.

How it works is after I close shop I will come to your house in the evening on my way home.

I pick up your car and continue my way home, In the morning I take your car to work and do what is required then return it at the end of the day.

I do not charge for this service, I do it because it is convenient for customers who have issues getting to and from Brookvale.

Some areas have parking issues so I do need a parking space to leave my car or a permit if you have street restrictions.

JIMS PROJECTS

BORN THIS WAY MODIFIERS EP.1 – JIM'S HAND BUILT FORD GT40





SPEEDNATION

speednation.com.au/rock-star-ford-gt40/

OZI 206 SP – GT40S.COM

http://www.gt40s.com/forum/wings-wheels-keels/46027-ozi-206-sp.html

KNOWLEDGE BASE

YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS

Over the 40 years in the motor trade these are reoccurring situations that I see. If you as a driver deal with it correctly you will save yourself vast amounts of money.It is the early stages of an issue that makes the difference to the cost.

ENGINE OIL

If your engine sounds unusually noisy check your oil as it likely to be low.
The oil light may not have come on but that means nothing it will only come on when the engine has no oil in it.
The upper parts in the engine called the valve trail will start to get rattly when it is low on oil not out off oil, the noises are a warning sign, listen to your engine its not happy.

Check your oil.

If it needs it put some in, if you don't know how to it is in your owners manual or ask me to show you.
The error that some drivers make is that I am getting it serviced next week I wont bother because the oil is getting changed. WRONG . you will cause major engine damage due to lack of oil, thousands of $ or $20 worth of oil from the service station you make your choice.
If your oil light comes on under brakes or going around a corner you are likely to be low on oil.
Check it and put some in.

MY ENGINE IS GETTING HOT

The phone call starts with my engine is getting hot. For how long? About a week. How much water if any did you have to put in( I know the answer to this one) “Oh, I haven't checked it.”

OK LETS STOP HERE.

All modern engines take coolant (water /chemical mix)some hold as little as 5-6lt, not a lot.
The cooling systems are very efficient in modern engines until you lose some coolant due to a leak.
What this does is induces some air into the system ,cooling systems do not have any air in the system at all, when the engine gets hot this air turns into a steam pocket and the engine overheats rapidly.

You as a driver will see the temp gauge go to hot then drop then go up again then drop, it has a steam pocket.
You need to stop ASAP. And that does not mean I will drive home another 5 k then I will check it.
It is a human instinct to get home because it is safe , or I had to get to work, I have replaced a lot of head gaskets on that excuse.

Don't do it. You need to stop.

Let it cool down and put water in the radiator or engine depending on the car.
Filling the overflow bottle will not fix it you have to fill the radiator or engine, check the owners book or ring me.
If you don't deal with it ASAP you will most likely blow a head gasket or worse.

The other point is don't go buying coolant just put water in, you have a leak ,you are wasting money, water is free it will continue to leak until it is repaired.

You need to keep checking the water and topping until the repair is carried out.
If you see steam you have a leak.
If you see coolant on the ground( it feels oily but its not oil) you have a leak.

SERVICE LIFE OF ENGINE OILS

Manufacturers for some time started to make the schedule servicing longer and longer.
Most of these are 12 months 15-25.000km.
The 12 months is fine but my recommendation is 10km there abouts.
What is occurring to these engines out in the field is the variable valve timing assemblies are clogging tiny oil holes and clogging fine screen filters in the system.
Timing chain stretch is also becoming an issue, old oil brakes down and can not get into the rollers on the chains causing the chain to stretch.
On some diesels the pumps drive off the camshaft via a cam follower when the oil brakes down the cam shaft wears out as does the follower .

TRANSMISSION OILS

Some manufacturers state never to change transmission oils.
This is not a good thing , mechanical units like engines /transmissions /differentials all shed tiny particles of metal that is why they have filters or magnets to catch them.

Over time the oils brake down and does not do its job.
From time to time it is money well spent to replace filters and flush the system.
One last thing is the owners book has more in it than you think.
Oil types where to fill and how.
Where your fuses are ect ect.

If a light comes up on your dash and you don't know what it means go to the instrument section and you will find a legend of all you dash lights and what system it is warning.

I hope these hints help you out.

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