City driving increases truck & bus emissions.

Diesel exhaust particulate matter (DPM) is known to cause cancer, and while much blame has been put on aging truck and bus fleets, Brisbane based firm, Cost Effective Maintenance has concluded that the single biggest contribution to diesel smoke is due to the compounding effects of city driving cycles. General manager, Brid Walker said, "Put simply,the more city driving a truck or bus does, the more smoke it puts out. Prolonged stop-start type operation, with excessive idling in traffic is...

Cool your home or shed by 9-14˚C, without air conditioning!

There's an easy, cost-effective way to cool your home, and it even helps to combat global warming! The smart way to cool your home is to convert your roof to a “cool surface”, by reflecting the heat off your roof, and back to where it came from. Just as Earth’s snow and ice cover reflect the Sun’s heat energy back into outer space, applying a reflective “cool surface” coating of Xtroll Silver to your roof will bounce most of the Sun’s...

My vehicle has started overheating

Over the years Cost Effective Maintenance have heard from hundreds of frustrated vehicle when their vehicle have started overheating. Owners have spent thousands of dollars on cooling system components and cleaning, yet have not solved their vehicle overheating problems. It’s something we hear all the time… My vehicle has started overheating,  Its running hot, It only started overheating when I’m towing or driving up a hill …. If this is happening to your vehicle our overheating pack will bring your...

Xtroll Rust Conqueror

Stop rust easily with Xtroll Rust Conqueror. Xtroll Rust Conqueror is designed to prevent, treat and stop rust! Minimal preparation is required. Xtroll Rust Conqueror can be applied directly to rusted surfaces or used as a rust preventative by brush, spray gun, misting bottle or even a rag. Xtroll Rust Conqueror is one of the most versatile rust treatment products around. It will prime, seal and protect a wide range of materials. This stop rust paint is perfect for a wide range...

Black diesel smoke causes wear

That’s because the same abrasive soot particles that make up black diesel smoke also get into the oil, where they act as a grinding paste, slowly but insidiously wearing away metal from every lubricated part of the engine. But just by using the FTC Decarbonizer in the fuel, diesel smoke and wear are dramatically reduced. In fact, engines typically last a good 25% longer. FTC has doubled, tripled and even quadrupled service life, in severe cases where some engines...

Clean diesel oil – is it achievable?

The answer is YES. Clean diesel oil is achievable, and maintainable, when using the correct products. At Cost Effective Maintenance we practice what we preach... and part of that is keeping our vehicles much longer than normal. This allows us to demonstrate the real potential for improved reliability and exceptionally long service life for engines, transmissions, diffs, power steering, and more. Duncan, my trusty 2007 Land Rover Defender has just clocked 300,000kms after completing an 11,000km outback trip. I see no reason why it won’t...

CEM products boost local mechanic’s business

4WD mechanic John Hams, from Off Road Autos (Mackay, Qld) facebooked us to tell us how he's going since starting to use CEM products 12 months ago. Here's a couple of the things he had to say about our products: "The entire range of CEM products have really impressed me since I started using them almost 12 months ago. I have also had good feedback from customers who have purchased CEM products from me." A trucking company with a 60 series Detroit 4 stroke Diesel Engine came to me. Its...

Mechanics: Value-added servicing can help your business thrive

Put yourself in your customer's shoes for a moment: You take your car/truck/boat to your local mechanics for a standard logbook service. You pick it up and it sounds, runs and drives so much better than you expected. You wouldn't just be satisfied. You'd be delighted. So much so, you'd probably mention it to your mates, right? Now think about the above scenario from your perspective—that's a pretty powerful endorsement for your business, isn't it? Word of mouth is one of the most powerful and effective...

Biodiesel: Mitsubishi Triton run on chicken fat!

“You fed your Mitsubishi Triton diesel chicken fat? And now you tell me it’s feeling sick?” Well I have to admit, I felt a bit sick too when Gene from Queensland told us what he'd done to his Mitsubishi Triton that he was running on chicken fat. Before we get started, I know what you're thinking... chicken fat? What??? Well, chicken fat (and other animal fats) are actually a common base ingredient for Biodiesel. The whole idea of Biodiesel is utilising otherwise waste products to power...

My diesel has black oil after an oil change.

One of the most common questions we regularly from owners of diesel engines is, "My diesel engine gets black oil again quickly after I do an oil change... Why is it doing this, and is it normal?" It’s very common, and while a lot of our customers believed it was normal, they soon change their mind after using our Flushing Oil Concentrate. So what does black oil mean? Engine oil has five key duties, and one of them is to keep...