In the last Consumer Choice Award edition, Brandell Diesel Inc was awarded as Calgary & Southern Alberta Area’s BEST Truck Service & Repair company. For over 30 years, Consumer Choice Award has been recognizing and promoting business excellence in Canada. This organization helps consumers buy better, and we’re proud to be the ONLY winner in our category in Calgary & Southern Alberta Area.


Expansion for truck repair business

A few days ago, we were visited by David Parker from Calgary Herald who wrote an article about Brandell Diesel. Here the article.

Calgary has become a major transportation hub for the movement of goods and people by air, rail and road. Also, you can go to PressReader to read the article.

Calgary has become a major transportation hub for the movement of goods and people by air, rail and road.

The number of warehouses and distribution centres continues to grow with massive structures in place to receive and forward a wide variety of foods, merchandise and equipments. Much of it is transported by truck, mostly fuelled by diesel.
As the trucking industry has grown, so, too, has the need for qualified maintenance and repair shops. Brandell Diesel (BDI) is one company that has enjoyed rapid growth that has necessitated relocation to much larger premises. Not bad for a company launched in 2013 by Brandon Mandel and his wife, Marisol, the company’s chief financial officer.
Mandel is from a solid farm background, having grown up in the Taber area, where his father fixed diesels for many years and enjoyed having his sons help him while learning the trade.

Mandel moved to Calgary and worked for truck dealerships as a service manager and shop foreman before deciding to strike out on his own. With the encouragement and advice of Chris Blundell, the owner of Compact Compressions, he started Brandell Diesel with just one other mechanic in a small bay in northeast Calgary.

Within its first year, the business had a staff of six mechanics. After 18 months, Mandel was thankful to be able to lease the adjacent bay, increasing its space to 16,000 square feet.
Today, the employee count has climbed to 17 full-time workers. With the help of Dave Jorgensen of Cypress Real Estate, Mandel has moved his operation to a 22,000-square-foot building that can handle 15 large trucks and five light-duty diesels at the same time. The 72nd Avenue S.E. location in Foothills Industrial Park is proving to be ideal, as it is surrounded by truck traffic and close to all of BDI’s vendors.

The office area is complete and, although shelving is still being built in the extensive parts department, the large yard was full of vehicles and busy mechanics on my visit.
Service and maintenance are highly specialized trades today and individual experience and knowledge has to be backed up by the latest technology. Mandel’s shop has more than $200,000 of specialized tooling.

He said good advice from his father was, “Work smart, not hard,” so his technicians are supported with frequently updated diagnostics, with a laptop at each station.
Customers can book a service and follow the work online. From home or office they are always aware of the status of their vehicle and can discuss repairs and new parts, even able to look at photographs or videos taken of trouble spots.

Law demands every commercial truck must have a yearly inspection and the same goes for truck-mounted cranes that his specialists are also licensed to inspect and repair.
BDI has the space and staff to work on both diesels and cranes in the same bay, cutting down on the amount of time a vehicle is kept off the road.

Mandel knows trust is built up by the transparency of his business. He strives to educate his customers and holds free courses at their fleet yards.
Bringing farm values to the city, and earning a solid reputation standing by his motto of “common sense service’” has helped Mandel enjoy his rapid growth.

If you want to keep your motor running without heat or friction developing you really need to get your bearings right.

So, what are wheel bearings and why are they important?

Like all moving parts on a car, bearings are subject wear and tear. You may have heard the term ‘pack the bearings’ which means packing the bearings with grease to keep them moving freely.

As some bearings are in sealed units, when it comes time to change them the whole unit is replaced.

One of the bearings subject to a lot of wear are the wheel bearings which are positioned in the hub which the wheel is bolted to.

If a wheel bearing starts to wear there will be free play in the wheel and if not replaced it will eventually collapse. The good news is, when you bring your car into your REPCO Authorised Service Centre for a service, your bearings are inspected as part of their 65 point safety check.

View our latest AutoFact video, it will help you get your bearings on this subject.

Wheel Bearings aren’t just important in your car, the bearings in your caravan, camper and trailer also need regular attention.

Learn more about regular servicing on these vehicles and find one of our specialists.

It is fair to say that the Ford Territory and Falcon are two of the most popular vehicles on Australian roads.  Both of these models are prone to high rates of wear in some rear suspension components, such as the rear differential bushing.  This is particularly apparent on vehicles that have travelled high kilometres, have high horsepower or vehicles towing loads regularly.

A tell-tale sign that this bushing is no longer performing as intended is hearing a clunking noise or feeling a jolt under acceleration or when shifting gears from drive to reverse.  The primary function of the rear differential bushing is to provide smooth and quiet transfer of power from the engine to the rear wheels of your vehicle under acceleration.

Should this issue go unresolved it may result in excessive wear on surrounding drive train and suspension components so it is wise and economical to act swiftly should you be experiencing any of these symptoms.

Your local Repco Authorised Service Centre is experienced in diagnosing and fixing this problem. We can replace your worn rubber differential bushing with a highly durable Nolathane differential bushing specifically designed and manufactured to address this problem and return your vehicle back to its optimum performance.

So, if clunking goes with your Territory  or Falcon, call us today.

Want to know exactly what a differential does?

We are delighted to welcome three new businesses to our ever growing network of independent mechanical workshops. Wherever you drive, there is bound to be a Repco Authorised Service centre nearby for all your car service needs.

Jiffy In Jandakot

Great news for motorists in Jandakot, Western Australia! Jiffy Car Care has joined our ever growing network trusted mechanical workshops. As part of the largest independent network of mechanical workshops Australia wide, Jiffy Car Care can now offer their customers expert car servicing and a Nationwide warranty. You can discover the great range of services they offer at their new website

Kar-Fix In Frankston

Kar-Fix in Frankston South, Victoria has joined our ever growing network trusted mechanical workshops. Owners Julian and Elaina Cole and the team at Kar-Fix pride themselves on their exceptional levels of customer service and technical expertise. They wanted to offer their customers the very best when it comes to car servicing and repairs. Kar-Fix customers can now experience the peace of mind that comes with expertly trained technicians, the latest diagnostic tools and a Nationwide warranty. See their new website for all their services.

New In Newcastle

Newcastle Auto Service Centre has joined our ever growing network trusted mechanical workshops. As part of the largest independent network of mechanical workshops Australia wide, Newcastle Auto Service Centre now offers their customers expert car servicing and a Nationwide warranty. Owners Simon and Ben and the team at Newcastle Auto Service Centre pride themselves on their exceptional levels of customer service and technical expertise. As part of the Repco Authorised Service network Newcastle Auto Service Centre now have a brand new website offering customers the convenience of being able to book services online.

What’s the diff? Well, it’s short for ‘differential’ which has the job of balancing the speed of your car’s drive wheels. When a car is turning a corner the inside wheels have slightly less distance to travel than the outside wheels. The ‘differential’ as its name suggests, compensates for the difference.  You can learn all about how the Diff works by viewing our latest AutoFacts video.

Now if you drive a front wheel drive vehicle then this function is handled by the trans axel, however its role is the same. For the more traditional rear wheel drive, the differential is located on the rear axle.

On 4WD drives and all wheel drive vehicles you’ll have a differential on both front and rear axles and a transfer case that handles the difference of power as required from front to rear.

As differentials have to cope with enormous amounts of torque and strain, they are manufactured as heavy duty components relying on oil to keep them cool and lubricated.

Like all oils they do wear out and need replacing from time to time… along with a number of seals which are located at the junction of the universal joint and at the end of each axel.

The good news is, when you have your car serviced at your Repco Authorised Service centre, your oil level and seals are inspected as part of their 65 point safety check.

We are proud to be long term supporters of the fantastic work that the Starlight Children’s Foundation does for sick children.

So, what is it that Starlight does and why is it so important?  Happiness is a part of total health care, and the Starlight Children’s Foundation supports kids, teenagers and their families all over Australia. Every minute of every day a child is admitted to hospital in Australia. Starlight brightens the lives of sick kids and their families, turning fear, pain and stress into fun, joy and laughter. Last year Starlight supported 145,000 seriously ill children, teens and their families – regardless of illness, injury or age.

Recently, Mr Peter Webb, Repco Authorised Service National Manager attended a special day at a Starlight Express Room to see first-hand the amazing work being done.  Mr Webb explains why the Starlight Children’s Foundation is the chosen charity of RAS. “Like many of our workshop owners, I’m a parent and a grandparent, so it was a pretty simple decision to make. What better way to help than to bring a little hope and joy into a sick child’s life?”

Friday May 1st is Starlight Day. To support this initiative Repco Authorised Service will be making a donation on behalf of each of the 360 independent mechanical businesses Nationwide.