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Everyone knows that it is vital that our cars are serviced regularly. However, do you know what the key differences between the different types of car service? We’ll explain the distinction between a major and minor car service, and when you should book the appropriate level service.
There is 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 service schedule.
Services can be classified into minor and major. A few minor services usually occur in between the major services. It is important to continue to maintain your vehicle even after the warranty period has ended.
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 be considered part of the logbook service.
A minor car service usually includes oil replacement, new oil filters and checking the major components of the car. A minor service will also include the following checks:
Other various checks will be done based on the mechanic you select. The recommendation for a minor car service is once every 10,000 km or yearly; whichever comes first. This can vary based on the following:
A major service involves the replacement of transmission and differential fluids. The fluids 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. This works out to be about every 30,000 kilometres or 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.
In between services, high-wearing components such as batteries, wipers, light bulbs and tyres can degrade. Therefore, it is worth performing a quick visual check on them once a month. Check your car for fluid leaks such as oil, radiator coolant and windshield washer fluid. Also, check your 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.