What is included in a full service?
A regular car service checks the condition of your car. It can assess everything from general wear and tear to fluids, brakes, the engine, and more. Each service is different depending on your vehicle’s make and model. A car service can involve up to 50 or more components, systems checks and adjustments including:
An engine oil change and/or filter replacement
Checking lights, tyres, exhaust and operations of brakes and steering
Checking hydraulic fluid and coolant levels
Ensuring your engine is ‘tuned’ to run in its peak condition
Checking the cooling system (from radiators in your car to pumps and hoses)
Testing the car’s battery condition
How do you know if your vehicle needs an oil change?
It is important to regularly check your oil levels in order to keep your car running smoothly. Engine oil lubricates the moving parts of your engine as well as cleaning, cooling and protecting these parts preventing your engine from seizing up. However, engine oil needs changing regularly as its lubricating properties do not last forever. Over time, oil becomes dirty and its chemical makeup changes making it far less effective. Therefore we’ve compiled six easy ways to spot if your car needs an oil change. But firstly, since many of our tips involve checking your dipstick, it’s important that you know…
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Oil Change & Smog Test
Dirty oil in the crankcase could release additional pollutants, which could cause the car to fail the smog test, says Asmerian. While the mechanic is changing the oil, ask him to do a visual inspection of the car’s engine to see if any hoses are cracked, broken or disconnected.
Tire Fills & Replacements
The penny test is a simple way to do this. Just place a penny upside down in your tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it may be time for new tires. Use a tire pressure gauge to make sure your tires are properly inflated and then fill your tires with air as needed.
Inspections & Tune Ups
The tune–up should also include cleaning or replacing the spark plugs and, on older cars, the distributor cap and rotor. Tune–ups may also include replacement of the fuel filter, oxygen sensor, PCV valve, and spark plug wires.
The inspection includes checking of main car systems like brakes, suspension, lights and steering, as well as emission and presence of mandatory equipment. An additional, separate inspection is required for cars that are running on autogas. Pass of inspection is confirmed in registration certificates.