Types of Car Services
Which Service does my Car Need?
Having your car serviced regularly ensures that it keeps running smoothly and is kept road legal. If you have any warranty, be it third party or manufacturers, keeping on top of your cars service schedule ensures that the warranty remains valid. When you book your car in for a service, you may be asked which service it requires. Most manufacturers will state which service is required when in the service book. For most cars, there are two types of services: interim and full.
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This service is designed for cars that do more than 20,000 miles per year. Depending on a cars service interval, it
may require servicing more than once per year, but it might not necessarily need a full service.
The oil and filter will be changed, with additional basic checks carried out to determine the roadworthiness of the car, including; checking the brakes, tyres and leaking hoses. Other vital fluids, such as coolant and brake fluid, will also be topped up if required.
While these are standard for an interim service, some garages will include different jobs on top, such as removing the wheels to check the brake pads and checking the auxiliary drives belts.
A full service has a wider range of checks and service replacement parts than an interim service and is typically carried out once per year for drivers who don’t do as much mileage.
Below is a list of jobs that are normally carried out, but not strictly limited to:
- Oil and filter change
- New air filter
- New fuel filter (diesel engines)
- New spark plugs (petrol engines)
- Extensive checks for leaks, general wear, including steering system and driveshaft
- Removal of wheels and checking of brakes
- Wheel bearings checked for excessive play (wear)
- Brake cylinders, pipes, and hoses checked for leaks or damage
- Suspension checked for wear or damage
- Clutch operation checked (manuals)
- Handbrake operation checked and adjusted if necessary
- Brake fluid tested and replaced if necessary
- Reset service light
- Tyres checked for wear, damage, and signs of misalignment
- Exhaust system checked for corrosion, damage or leaks
As well as routine maintenance, a service is a good opportunity to have any minor problems you may be having checked, as the mechanic will have a better chance of finding and repairing the cause of the problem in advance before the damage is allowed to escalate.
If you are not sure which service you require, simply check your car’s service book or ask your garage.