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11 02, 2016

A complete car servicing guide

By Team WayWheels | Founder | February 11th, 2016 |0 Comments

Car Experts say that the key to keeping vehicles running well today and in the future is routine maintenance. Yet many drivers tend to stall when it comes to keeping up with everyday maintenance. A regular service schedule can help keep your car running at its best. Don’t be tempted to cut corners by putting off your annual service or waiting until there is a problem with your car before taking it to a service centre.

There are a few things you should check frequently in your car, which might indicate that servicing is imminent:

  • 1. Dashboard Indicator Lights On
  • 2. Lights
  • 3. Tire Inflation and Condition
  • 4. Windshield Washer Fluid
  • 5. Engine Oil Level

A car service probes deeper into a car's working parts and if done regularly, will prolong the life of the car, save you money, reduce the risk of breaking down and make your car safer. Not all car services are the same. Different types of car services are available such as an interim car service, a full service and a major car service. If you take your car to be serviced annually, or if the car you have bought has been serviced regularly, then a full service will do. If your car hasn't been service for over a year then go for a major service.When taking your car to be serviced ask what checks are covered by the service. A full service should include the following:

  • Check handbrake for operation and travel
  • Check operation of exterior lights
  • Check horn
  • Check seatbelts
  • Check ABS warning lights for correct operation
  • Check heater plug indicator (Diesel)
  • Check for correct clutch operation
  • Top up battery if applicable and check security
  • Check and top up brake and clutch fluid
  • Check windscreen wipers
  • Check windscreen washer operations and top up
  • Check / top-up power steering reservoir where applicable
  • Check coolant and antifreeze strength and top up
  • Check condition and tension of fan / alternator belt. Adjust if necessary
  • Check condition, tension and adjust as required auxiliary drive belts (excluding
  • timing/cam belt)
  • Replace oil filter
  • Drain engine oil and refill (special or synthetic oils subject to additional charge)
  • Check and top up gearbox oil where applicable
  • Check and top up axle oil where applicable
  • Check and top up automatic transmission fluids where applicable
  • Check for general oil leaks
  • Check wheel bearings for play or noise
  • Check steering / suspension components for wear and corrosion
  • Check steering rack gaiters, if applicable
  • Check shock absorbers for operation
  • Remove front wheels and check discs / drums for wear, cracks, corrosion and scoring
  • Check brake pads for wear or damage
  • Check callipers for leaks and operation
  • Remove rear wheels and check drums / discs for wear, cracks, corrosion and scoring
  • Check brake shoes for wear or damage
  • Inspect wheel cylinders for leaks and operation
  • Visually check brake hydraulic system, pipes and hoses for leaks, chafing and
  • corrosion
  • Check security of hand brake linkages, lubricate if applicable
  • Adjust handbrake if required
  • Check prop shaft / drive shaft and joints
  • Check drive shaft gaiters for security and leaks
  • Inspect exhaust system for leaks security and noise
  • Check tyre condition, tread depth and record readings (including spare)
  • Check and adjust tyre pressures (including spare)
  • Check wheels for correct balance (including spare)
  • Set wheel nut torque to manufacturer’s settings
  • Reset vehicle service light where applicable
  • Carry out battery test
  • Check condition of fuel lines
  • Visual inspection of HT lead
  • Visual inspection of distributor cap
  • Visual inspection of rotor arm if applicable
  • Replace Spark plugs if applicable (platinum, long life or multi electrode plugs subject
  • to extra charge)
  • Replace air filter element
  • Replace diesel fuel filter
  • Check smoke emissions visually (Diesel)
  • Lubricate throttle linkage if applicable
  • Check radiator for leaks
  • Check condition of radiator cap
  • Check coolant hoses for leaks and condition
  • Check expansion bottle and cap for leak
  • Check electric cooling fan for operation where applicable
  • Test and report brake fluid boiling point (if applicable)
  • Lubricate bonnet catch
  • Lubricate accessible door / hinges if required
  • Grease steering / suspension and prop shaft, if applicable
  • Check fuel cap condition
  • Check tyres for indications of steering misalignment
  • Check security of handbrake linkages and travel, lubricate and adjust if required
  • Check windscreen condition
  • Check mirror condition. Exterior
  • Check mirror condition. Interior
  • Check number plates
  • Check for timing / cam belt replacement (report if due)
  • Check for cabin / pollen filter replacement (report if due)
  • Replace brake fluid and bleed system
  • Replace petrol fuel filter

Remember that you will not require all these things checked out when you go in for servicing. However, a full and complete servicing of the car comprises of all of them.

So now if you feel you need a complete servicing for your car, sign-up at WayWheels at www.waywheels.com and find out the best service centre around you.

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