All cars require servicing from time-to-time, to preempt break-downs. There are different types of service, and each car has its own service schedule, recommended by the manufacturer.
Essential service involves taking care of the basis. It essentially includes changing the oil and oil filter, and checking all lights, tyres, and windshield wipers. The service may or may not include a car wash. There is no set time-frame for performing such essential service, but changing oil at the recommended time is crucial to prevent a risk of serious engine failure.
An interim service is the basic level of scheduled service. Apart from the change of oil and oil filter, the technician checks the horn, lights, brakes, exhaust, tyres, and windshield wiper. Other key inclusions in the interim service are lubrication of the moving parts, top-up of the engine, brake, and other fluids, and a thorough inspection for any fluid leaks. Depending on the make and model of the car, additional safety checks may also be in order. Most car manufacturers require the car be subject to interim service at least once in six months, if not earlier, depending on the kilometres run, and the usage pattern.
A full service includes everything in the interim service, and additional checks. The most common inclusions in a full service, cutting across vehicle types and models, are:Extensive full brake inspection.
Top-up of the brake fluid and antifreeze.
Inspection of the engine.
Checking radiator and coolant horse.
Inspection of wheel bearings and shock absorbers.
Checking mechanical operations of bonnet catch and doors.
Testing electrical components, such as battery, alternator, and starter motor.
Inspection of the air conditioning system.
Full service is typically required annually, but earlier if the car is driven extensively. The mileage when full service becomes due, and the exact range of inclusions depends on the type of vehicle.
Some garages offer major service, which is full service plus several additional check and replacements, such as replacement of spark plugs, change of fuel filters, checking fuel pipes for damage, checking engine, transmission, and rear axle train drive, inspection of drive shaft joints and gaiters, checking of exhaust system and mountings, and more. These service components may also be available as optional add-ons, at the time of the full service.
Opt for a Credible Dealership
The choice of the dealership where the service is done has a big impact on the effectiveness of the service. A reputed and credible dealership such as Dowleys, with the largest service centre in oxfordshire, maintains the highest level of quality standards.