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Car servicing is regular maintence work that should be carried out to keep you automotive vehicle in good running order. Having a regular service on your vehicle can reduce the risk of breakdown, keep the vehicle running efficiently and maintain it’s value. The Service schedule is indicated by the vehicle manufacturer service schedule generally found in the vehicle handbook some modern cars has this log as a digital service record stored within the vehicle’s onboard computer. Service history means the records are updated and logged after each service on a vehicle. Cars have a service light/Service indicator to remind drivers of the need for regular car servicing. These records are helpful in identifying when the last service was completed and what type of service it was. The service can increase fuel economy and help avoid costly car repairs allowing you to save money in the long run. There is no legal requirement to have your car servicing completed however it is a legal requirement to keep the vehicle’s condition in a roadworthy state. A service can range from a basic oil + filter change to a Full service. In this article we will guide you through what to expect.
Types of car services
Car Oil and filter change
Recommended every 6 months or 6,000 miles. An oil + filter change is the most basic type of service, Quite simply it is where the old engine oil is removed from the engine along with the oil filter and replaced with new consumable parts. Engine oil keeps all the parts lubricated and the car running smoothly. All commercial vehicles have inspection logs and dipping the oil is one of the checks to know the vehicle has enough oil in it. The dip stick located under the bonnet of the vehicle can give a good visual indication of the condition of the oil. If it is a golden colour then the oil is fresh, the darker and thicker the oil the higher the necessity to get it changed. Engine oil can be topped up by the oil filler cap under the bonnet of a vehicle. Topping up when low to keep the oil within the working limits of the engine will keep the car running. However if your oil is black it is recommended that you get the oil + filter changed. All of the engine’s oil is drained from the vehicle, a new filter is fitted then the vehicle is filled up with fresh oil. If topping up the oil yourself please consult your owners manual for the car to make sure the correct oil is used for you vehicle as not all oil is the same.
What are the 3 types of car service?
Car Interim service
An interim service consists of an oil and filter change, and checks on all the major car parts, an interim service is often completed 6 monthly and should not replace the cars annual service. The interim service covers checking of parts like: Tyres, Brakes, Clutch, Steering, hoses and pipes.Changing engine oil and filter checking for oil leaks along the way. Having a professional mechanic check over all the things that could possibly develop to a costly issue further down the line.
Car full service
Every 12 months or 12,000 miles whichever comes first is generally when a full service would take place. Like the interim service a full service benefits from our 52 point visual inspection health check. This covers checking the condition of, Spark plugs, Exhaust system, seat belts, exterior lights, windscreen washers, wiper blades, brake fluid, coolant, auxiliary drive belts like the fan belt and timing belt/chain, check exhaust system. The interior is checked for damage to the pedals, warning lights on the dashboard and that any visual indicators inside of the car are operating correctly. The air conditioning is checked and advisories given if there are any issues. The tires are checked for tread wear, the brakes are checked pads, calipers, discs etc. The car is checked under neath whilst on the ramp for any corrosion, the joints are inspected, Wheel bearings, Fuel pipes, hoses and connections checked for leaks. The Vehicle Checks and top ups of steering fluid, oil change are completed on both interim and full service types. Other car maintenance work that require replacement parts like brake pads, air conditioning regas will be done at an advised extra cost.
Much the same as a full service we would check over everything covering all the major liquid and filter changes. Whilst assessing all the other major parts of the car for any wear and issues that need rectifying.
How Much Does a service cost?
Service costs vary dramatically from vehicle to vehicle, this is largely impacted by the costs of vehicle manufacturer parts from dealers for different cars. Engine size can have an impact as a Maserati 4.2l engine holds around 15 litres of oil by comparison to a fiat 500 holding around 4 litres. Give our staff a call with your car registration number and vehicle mileage and we will be able to give you an accurate cost over the phone. If you have your service history with you when calling we can identify what was done last and what service will likely be due.
What is the average cost of a full car service UK?
The uk average service cost is £151. Not all services are the same and often you are not advised on things to change like pollen filters which can be of great benefit to people who suffer with breathing conditions like asthma, copd or hayfever.
How Do I know if my car needs a service?
Most vehicles will have some form of indicator in the car notifying you if the car is due for a service because of mileage. It is worth noting as cars should have a full service annually so it is checked over for any wear. You may not do much in the way of mileage and think it isn’t warranted however using the car much less can cause just as many issues as the parts can seize if not used frequently.
What happens if I don’t service my car?
Things may or may not happen if you don’t service your car. The one thing that is for sure you will end up with bigger repair bills and a higher risk of catastrophic failure because of your vehicle not being maintained. Oil keeps the engine lubricated so over time it deteriorates which will cause the engine parts to wear more. Brake fluid can get water in it leaving the braking system less effective. filters will clog giving you less efficiency on systems like air-con, heaters, fuel etc. Your car will also be worth less because of no service history, People like to be able to see the car has been looked after by the previous owners. Whilst it isn’t a legal requirement to have your car serviced, the vehicle service can pick up on mechanical issues that you may not be aware of. This will stop you running the risk of getting in trouble with the law as it is a legal requirement to keep your car in a roadworthy condition.
Can a car fail a service?
No, a car can not fail a service as it is a health check of the vehicle. Changing the critical fluids and making sure everything is in order. We do a visual inspection of all parts of the car, if any additional work is needed we will advise you. We will also give you an idea of what work is likely to be needed over the coming year ie brakes and tyres wearing low etc etc. This way you will not have any surprises at the next MOT or service of the vehicle. It can help you budget any future costs so it isn’t a shock to you.