What does a vehicle’s Major Service entail?

A Major Vehicle Service generally includes:


Pre-Engine checks

  • Check car history
  • Check timing belt replacement interval
  • Check for damage to bodywork, lamps, and trims
  • Check the condition of all seat belts
  • Check operation of interior and exterior lights
  • Check operation of ABS and/or airbag warning lights
  • Check windscreen washers and wipers
  • Check horn
  • Check operation of suspension dampers
  • Lubricate all door hinges, locks, and bonnet catches
  • Check fuel cap

Under the Bonnet

  • Check cooling system
  • Check anti-freeze protection
  • Check brake fluid boiling point
  • Check all auxiliary drive belts
  • Check engine breather system
  • Check vacuum pipes
  • Check power steering operation and fluid condition
  • Check full throttle settings and lubricate the linkage
  • Check battery level and lubricate terminals
  • Check and top up all under bonnet fluid levels

Vehicle Raised

  • Change oil, filter and fit new sump plug washer
  • Check fuel lines and brake pipes
  • Check the condition and security of the exhaust
  • Check and top up the rear axle and transfer box oil levels
  • Check and top up gearbox oil level
  • Check all steering and suspension joints, mounting and gaiters
  • Carry out tyre check
  • Check all wheel bearings for excessive ‘play’ and noise
  • Check CV gaiters and joints for wear or splits
  • Check clutch adjustment and adjust
  • Grease all greasing points
  • Check operation and condition of front brakes
  • Check operation and condition of rear brakes, including handbrake
  • Carry out brake report

Vehicle Lowered

  • Refill engine oil
  • Torque wheel nuts/studs

To Finish

  • Road test vehicle and report any findings
  • Re-check engine oil level
  • Carry out emission report
  • Reset service lights
  • Ensure all upholstery, gear lever, steering wheel etc. are clean

Consult your Owners Manual or Service Professionals for accurate advice. It is important to comply as warranties, guarantees and even insurance cover might be at risk if service intervals are exceeded or missed. 

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Posted on Sep 21, 2020 by Auto Repair Directory

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