What is a car service?
Cars have many parts that will wear out (some faster than others) and to ensure the ongoing safety and efficient operations, parts need to be replaced or adjusted. A service will test this.
How often do they happen?
There are three different levels of servicing depending on the age or mileage of the vehicle, generally speaking;
- A short service is described as a 6 month or 6 thousand mile service, involves lots of checking and some replacements
- A standard service is described as 12 months or 12 thousand mile service
- A major service is every 24 months or 24 thousand miles
Most modern cars will now tell you when these are due based on age or mileage.
Why do we need it?
So that every so often your car is checked by a professional, in a garage, on most the functions of the car and alert you to any concerns they may have/any parts that need replacing. It’s for your safety.
What does it check for?
Normally a short service will just run check fluid levels and change the engine oil (and sometimes the oil filter). There are several fluids; brake fluid that manages the brake system, the water in the cooling system and the washers in the wipers, power steering fluid (if fitted).
A fuller service might also include checking the brake components (the pads and the discs) air filters, checking for oil, fuel, and water leaks, fuel filters (if fitted). They’ll check the operation of the mechanics outside of the engine, like the joints in the steering and suspension, brake pipes, and cables. They’ll also undertake visual checks of the washers and wipers and tyres and windscreens and rearview mirrors.
A major service will cover all of the above but might also include items which might wear more slowly, like brake discs, timing belts, gearbox and axle oil checks and often complete change of all of the brake fluid.
Where do you get one?