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About mark

Arrived from the UK and adopted Mona Vale on the Northern Beaches of Sydney as home, married Melanie soon after and now mum and dad to two awsome (annoying at times) children. In 2002 started the now well known in the area, 'Marks Auto Care' where most people (smart ones) have their cars lovingly cared for. I am proprietor and head Mechanic of course.

Hyundai iLoad Diesel Smoke Problem and Turbo Failure.

We have recently witnessed a repetitive issue with Hyundai iLoad and H-1 Diesel vans, often resulting in a blown turbo and heavy smoke emission. We uncovered the chain of events starts with the injector sealing copper washers leaking, the image … Continue reading

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Mechanic Northern Beaches Open for Christmas

The Marks Auto Care mechanics workshop Mona Vale will be open to assist with your motoring emergencies, servicing and repairs on the following dates over the holiday period  by demand, please phone (02) 9999 6275 for service or use our contact … Continue reading

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Put Petrol in your Diesel engine vehicle?

Save $$$$.$$, Contact your dealer, get a quote, then consider contacting us for a likely cost effective solution if you reside around Sydney’s northern beaches. Filled the car with the incorrect fuel? Don’t worry, its a common mistake, either diesel … Continue reading

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Most Dangerous Brakes Ever

My youngest child’s Kindergarten teacher suggested we check her brakes, she said, ‘they don’t feel quite right”,  after a 10 meter drive, I was astonished to find the car pulling violently to one side, I thought to myself ‘how has … Continue reading

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What is this white substance on my car battery?

Car batteries sometimes emit a white or blue crystallisation around the posts as a result of the battery acid leaking to the atmoshere. This in itself is not always an immediate problem, but over time will corroded the post clamps … Continue reading

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Steinbauer Diesel Power Chip Upgrades.

Looking for a bit more power from your Diesel powered vehicle?, What about 20% plus more and save money on fuel too? Diesel vehicles numbers have multiplied significantly in recent times, largely as a result of engine technology improvements. They are … Continue reading

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Used Car Warranty? No Thanks,

Buying a used vehicle?  you may have considered a Used Vehicle Warranty as ‘Piece of Mind’ BEWARE, its a costly purchase, look closely  at the fine print as its NOTHING like a manufacturers ‘New Car Warranty’ Firstly, the salesperson and … Continue reading

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Holden Commodore VZ-VE P0018 Stretched Timing Chain

If  your check engine light (CEL) is illuminated and error codes P0016, P0017, P0018 or P0019 recorded, typically similar to ‘Crankshaft Position Camshaft Position Correlation Bank 2 Sensor 1′, it is highly likely the centre timing chain has stretched allowing both … Continue reading

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Hilux-Prado Turbo Diesel Blows White-Grey Smoke on Start Up.

If your Toyota Hilux or Prado Turbo Diesel 2005 on emits large amounts of grey or white smoke on start up, there is a likely chance one or more of the injector sealing o rings have split. On occasions this problem … Continue reading

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Buying a Used Car? Check out Mark’s Tips.

Get Smart,  Follow Mark’s ’5′ Simple Tips Before Buying Your New ‘Used’ Vehicle. (it is so important you do not just rush into a purchase.)  1. Set a Clear Budget Work out a clear budget before you embark on your … Continue reading

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Brake Fluid Change, Why Should I ?

Brake fluid in your motor vehicle should be flushed and totally renewed every 2 years, regardless of how far you travel. This fluid absorbs moisture from the air (Hygroscopic) and will effect  your vehicle’s  braking in emergency situations. This is … Continue reading

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Windscreen Wipers Noisy ?

If your wiper blades are in good condition but squeak and groan or just don’t clean the screen properly, follow this simple but effective tip. Clean the wiper blade contact surface and windscreen glass with newspaper and a mixture of … Continue reading

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Subaru Outback-No Power or ABS Light on?

The Subaru Outback has a design problem every repairer and owner should be aware of. Should both brake light globes fail, you will experience an unmistakable lack of power or engine lights illuminate on the dashboard. As a workshop proprietor, … Continue reading

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Free-Pink Slip-E Safety Check-Rego Inspection-Northern Beaches with your Car Service

‘Rego’, ‘Pink Slip’ or ‘E Safety Inspection’ required? Its Free at Marks Auto Care Northern Beaches when we Service your car and mention you saw the offer on our web site, so contact us to make an appointment, we are … Continue reading

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Front Suspension Squeak Peugeot 407 Fixed

For anyone owning a lovely comfy Peugeot 407 and feels there experience is being spoilt by a constant squeak and creek in the front of the car, something like a trapped budgerigar chirping away? Well at Marks Auto Care we may have found the … Continue reading

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Smart Car Handbrake Will Not Hold

Smart car handbrakes have a common problem where the ratchet mechanism wears on the inside of the sealed mechanism. Unfortunately has to be replaced as a whole unit, so remove drivers seat and seat belt, be careful to detach S.R.S … Continue reading

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How To Stop Water inside from Air Conditioning Smart Car

If you own a Smart Car and have experienced water in the footwell following extended air conditioning use on a warm day, the likely cause will be a blocked drain tube under vehicle. Once the car is hoisted, the front … Continue reading

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Changing Engine Oil Regularly is Crucial, Why?

Recently a client called to say the oil light had just illuminated on their Toyota Kluger, initially we thought the pressure switch may be faulty as the customer indicated the vehicle had a regular service history. Having replaced the switch … Continue reading

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