Comprehensive Guide to Car Servicing

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Servicing keeps your vehicle in prime condition, helping protect against wear and tear. Even a basic interim service can keep your car running smoothly and protect it from repairs. Usually, people will also take on more rigorous servicing to replace commonly worn down elements such as the air filters or spark plugs.

Car servicing at a glance

Interim service Full service Major service
Numer of mechanical and structual checks 25 43 44
When should you get it done? 6 months 12 months 1-2 years
Part Replacements Oil filter Oil filter
Air filter
Oil filter
Air filter
Spark plugs
Pollen filter
Fluid Top-ups Engine Oil
Screen wash & Antifreeze
Brake fluid
Power steering fluid
Battery fluid
Engine Oil
Screen wash & Antifreeze
Brake fluid
Power steering fluid
Battery fluid
Transfer box oil
Manual transmission oil
Engine Oil
Screen wash & Antifreeze
Brake fluid
Power steering fluid
Battery fluid
Transfer box oil
Manual transmission oil

What is included in an Interim Service?

Our interim service is designed to be done every six months or 5000 miles, replenishing the vital fluids and making checks to common areas of fault within your vehicle. Below is the full checklist:

  • Pre-Engine Checks
  • Check timing belt replacement interval.
  • Check for damage to bodywork, lamps, trims and oil leaks.
  • Check condition and operation of all seat belts.
  • Check operation of interior and exterior lights.
  • Check operation of ABS and air bag warning lights.
  • Check windscreen washers and wipers.
  • Check air conditioning operation including bad odour.
  • Check horn.
  • Check operation of suspension dampers.
  • Lubricate all door hinges, locks, and bonnet catches.
  • Check fuel cap.
  • Under the Bonnet
  • Check cooling system including fan operation.
  • Check and record antifreeze protection.
  • Check and record brake fluid condition.
  • Check power steering operation and fluid condition.
  • Check and top up all under bonnet fluid levels.
  • Check all auxiliary drive belts (not timing belt).
  • Check engine breather system.
  • Check vacuum pipes.
  • Check throttle body.
  • Check battery level and lubricate terminals.
  • Replace spark plugs (petrol only)
  • Replace air filter.
  • Replace pollen filter.
  • Vehicle Raised
  • Change oil, filter and fit new sump plug washer.
  • Check fuel lines and brake pipes.
  • Check the condition and security of the exhaust.
  • Check all steering and suspension joints, mountings and gaiters.
  • Carry out tyre report.
  • Check all wheel bearings for excessive ‘play’ and noise.
  • Check CV gaiters and joints for wear or splits.
  • Check operation and condition of disc brakes.
  • Carry out brake report.
  • Check and top up axle and transfer box oil levels.
  • Check and top up gearbox oil level.
  • Check clutch cable/cylinder.
  • Grease all greasing points.
  • Check rear drum brakes.
  • Vehicle Lowered
  • Torque wheel nuts/studs / Locking wheel nut key location.
  • Final Checks
  • Road test vehicle and report any findings.
  • Re-check engine oil level.
  • Ensure all upholstery, gear lever, steering wheel, etc. are clean.
  • Stamp service book(s).
  • Reset service interval indicator.

What about a Full Service?

The full service is almost a major service however the spark plugs and cabin/pollen filter are only checked and not replaced. These components don’t have to be changed too often. The full service is designed to be done early into your vehicle’s lifecycle in the place of major servicing.

What is a Service Schedule?

A service schedule is a recommended service plan, with checks and replacements straight from the manufacturers. These will usually last the lifetime of the vehicle up to 150,000 miles and should happen every 5000 miles or 6 months. Following this service guideline will keep your vehicle in top condition and help to advise on any problems that could arise.

Check out this example for a 2007 Ford Focus

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