Fully Servicing Your Car

Full-car-service-Meath-article-Jonathan-Fildes-1Full car service is imperative, like any piece of machinery, your vehicle needs to be maintained for optimum running, driving experience, safety, and to retain some its resale value.

Regular servicing has economic benefits, in that a small defect can be spotted before it snowballs into a huge expense.

For example, a simple oil change can stop the engine seizing up (which could be extremely costly to repair/replace). Oil lubricates the gears, preventing them from grinding against each other, it also removes contaminates such as general wear particles and environmental dust from the engine by trapping them in the oil filter.

Your vehicle should be serviced every 6000-10000 miles or so, depending on how much you drive. If you drive a substantial distance for work every day, you will need a service sooner as your mileage will be higher than a vehicle primarily used to do the school-run or weekly shop. Allow me to explain what is included in a full car service, and why it is so important. I will split this into 2 sections; the first is more of a general maintenance checklist, secondly is a diagnostics checklist – both are equally important.

General Maintenance Checks (First Category)

Tyres

Jonathan-Fildes-Services-Dublin-Meath-Dunshaughlin-full-car-service-blog-1I have always said that safe tyres save lives. Tipping kerbs while driving may not seem like a big deal but over time, this could cause a blow-out. Tyres will need to be checked for pressure, bubbles, cracks, and thread depth. Not forgetting to check the spare tyre too.

I have always said that safe tyres save lives. Tipping kerbs while driving may not seem like a big deal but over time, this could cause a blow-out. Tyres will need to be checked for pressure, bubbles, cracks, and thread depth. Not forgetting to check the spare tyre too.

I have always said that safe tyres save lives. Tipping kerbs while driving may not seem like a big deal but over time, this could cause a blow-out. Tyres will need to be checked for pressure, bubbles, cracks, and thread depth. Not forgetting to check the spare tyre too.

Lights

I cannot stress how important it is to have fully functioning lights. How else would you be visible on the road? Imagine one of your headlights is out, there is a vehicle coming towards you, the car behind him wishes to overtake him. The second car only sees one of your headlights and assumes you are a motorbike and thinks he has enough room to overtake the vehicle on the front. Considering this scenario, it is imperative to check all exterior lights, including the headlights focus as we must not daze oncoming drivers.

Windscreen Wipers

Visibility on the road is so important; you will need a clear view of your surroundings. Obviously in bad weather and rain, but also in sunny conditions, a smoggy dirty window will create a glare on the windscreen. Potentially dazzling you or oncoming traffic. Proper wiper functioning will be checked.

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Assessing the hazard warning lights, and gauges are required to ensure they are working correctly. The horn should also be checked for functionality as it is needed to warn other road users of a hazard or obstruction.

Filters

I have mentioned above the importance of an oil change; oil filters will also need to be replaced, as they funnel out the dirt from the engine. The pollen, air and fuel filters will also need to be checked.

Topping Up Fluids

while also checking the washer fluid. Check and correct brake fluid level, power steering oil level, windshield washer, engine coolant level. The correct mixture of engine coolant is essential to not only keeping an engine from freezing in the winter, but from overheating in the summer, and to prevent the corrosion of internal components.

Electrics

This varies between manufacturers, as some vehicles have more complex systems. But generally, it covers faulty lamps, starter motors, alternators, central locking systems, wiper systems, horn systems, faulty batteries and spark plugs as per manufacturers specification

Safety Checks

This could range from lubricating the doors, hinges, locks to testing the seatbelt function.

Diagnostics (Second Category)

Diagnostic fault finding usually pertains to engine, airbag, ABS and gearbox management systems. Most faults result in a warning lamp on the dash. 
Engine, gearbox, differential, cooling system leaks, drive shaft gaiters, exhaust system security and leaks

Brakes

As drivers, we all develop bad habits – not dropping down in the gears when slowing the vehicle will wear down your brake discs, as you are using the brake alone to stop the car rather than using the gears to slow it gradually. The service will include inspecting the brake pads/discs, brake lines/hoses, brake fluid, and handbrake functionality.

Belts/Chains

As a rule of thumb, timing belts usually need to be replaced every 60,000 miles or so. Fan belts and other auxiliary belts should be checked, as they sustain the engine and accessories functions.

Clutch

The lifespan of your vehicle’s clutch will mostly depend on your style of driving. Theoretically, if your foot is not fully down on the clutch, you should not be able to change gears. But in fact, many drivers force the car into the gears, resulting in that grinding sound we spoke of earlier. This results in damage to both the clutch and the gearbox. It is not all dependent on the driver style, though; diesel vehicles are more likely to require clutch replacement.

Suspension

Ramps and pot-holes can affect the suspension of your vehicle, especially on country roads. The suspension checks include wheel bearings, suspension, steering brackets/links, anti-roll mechanism, shocks and ball joints.

Exhaust/Emissions

This is very important for the environment because the catalytic converter filters the engine fumes before they are released through the exhaust. Although cars and other vehicles are still bad for the environment, the catalytic converter reduces the impact on the environment.

A full car service may include but not limited to:

1.Engine oil change
2.Transmission fluid
3.Spark plug changeJonathan-Fildes-Services-Dublin-Meath-Dunshaughlin-full-car-service-blog-2
4.Windscreen washer fluid
5.Power steering fluid
6.Fan belts
7.Antifreeze
8.Air filter
9.Pollen filter
10.PCV valve
11.Windscreen wipers
12.General lubrication
13.Oil filter
14.Battery check
15.Brakes check
16.Brake fluid check
17.Tyre pressures and safety check
18.Fuel filter
19.Lights check
20.Steering and suspension check
21.Exhaust check

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