What Is A Small Service On A Car?
Everyone knows that it is vital that our cars are serviced regularly… but do you know what the key differences between the different types of car service are? We’ll explain the distinction between a major and minor service, and when you should book your car for the appropriate level of service.
There is a great deal more to consider than the time and parts needed to complete a minor and major vehicle service. Different manufacturers and models require different servicing frequencies. The logbook in your glove box provides the most reliable information about your car’s regular service schedule.
Service can be classified into minor and major. A few minor services usually occur in between the major ones. It is important to continue to maintain your vehicle even after the warranty period has expired.
What is involved in a minor service?
Generally, a minor service includes a comprehensive inspection and diagnostic checks of the vehicle. Sometimes it is referred to as a basic or general service, and can sometimes be considered part of the logbook service.
This kind of service usually includes oil replacement, new oil filters and a check-up of the major components of the car. In addition to checking your brake pads, discs and callipers, your tyres will be checked for wear, the lights will be checked, and various other checks will be made, based on where you choose to have your job done.
Depending on your vehicle, manufacturer specifications, engine type, and how you use your vehicle, a minor service is recommended every 10,000 km or every year – whichever comes first.
When should I get a major service?
A major service involves the replacement of transmission and differential oils since these lubricate the ring and pinion gears that transmit power from the driveshaft to the wheels. To ensure that the most critical components in your engine are running at their best, this service also includes inspecting and replacing fluids for vital systems such as your brakes and clutch.
Most vehicles require a major service after they have had a couple of minor services, which works out to be about 30,000 kilometres or around three years, depending on the vehicle and manufacturer requirements. It is also the right time to replace components such as spark plugs, fuel and cabin filters, and timing belts during this service. You will find this information in your manufacturer’s logbook.
What should I inspect between services?
In between services, high-wearing components such as batteries, wipers, light bulbs and tyres can degrade, so it is worth performing a quick visual check on them once a month. Check for fluid leaks in your car, such as oil, radiator coolant, windshield washer fluid, and tyre pressure to prevent tyres from wearing out too quickly.
If you are looking for the best servicing or car repairs in Wollongong, don’t hesitate to contact the team at 1st Choice Car Mechanical Repairs. We service regions in Wollongong and the Illawarra including Shoalhaven Heads, Wollongong, Greenwell Point, Mount Pleasant, Albion Park Rail, Kiama, Figtree, Warilla, Worrigee, Corrimal ad surrounding areas.