When it comes to your car, what’s checked and how it’s done can vary from one garage to the other but all garages generally tend to check your car’s overall health. In addition, the number of areas checked depends on the kind of service your vehicle needs.
If your car is going for a full service (usually done every 12,000 miles or 12 months), then the checks will be comprehensive and will include the details discussed below. Interim services (usually done every 6,000 miles or 6 months) are less comprehensive and not everything is checked in detail. That said, these are the details that are checked during a full car service. Make sure to check this link for more information about car servicing.
All the components of the engine will undergo rigorous checks and tests. This includes inspecting the rear axle and transmission, coolant hoses, clutch, the radiator, fuel and air filters, fuel pipes, auxiliary drive belt, the exhaust system, and spark plugs. It also involves comprehensive checks of suspension linkages, shock absorbers, ball joints, and the gaiters and drive shaft joints.
The interior of the vehicle is also checked during a full service. Seat belts are tested to make sure they’re in excellent working order in case of a collision. In addition, all the mirrors (external and internal) are inspected to ensure they’re working, as are the doors, locks, interior lights, and seats. The handbrake is also is also checked to ensure it is working.
Tyres will be inspected for obvious damage like punctures and cracks. Also, the service will include ensuring that the tyres have the minimum tread depth required and that they’re inflated to the required pressure level.
No service will be complete without a comprehensive inspection of your car’s exterior lights. This includes ensuring that all rear, front, main, and side lights are in good working order. Hazard lights and indicators will be checked as well, as will reverse and brake lights, registration lights, and fog lights.
A garage will check your car’s engine oil level and replace it if needed or top it up. They’ll also check the oil filter’s condition and replace it if required. This service includes checking if there’s adequate windscreen washer liquid in the car. Also, power steering fluid and engine coolant levels will be topped up if necessary.
The brakes will be fully inspected. This will include seeing if there’s sufficient brake fluid and ensuring it’s in great condition. There’ll also be an inspection of the pipes which carry the brake fluid and brakes pads will also be checked to ensure they have the right depth. If necessary, all these elements might be replaced.
The basic electrics in the vehicle will be tested, i.e the starter motor, the alternator, and the battery. The battery will undergo checks for leaks as well as clear signs of damage. In addition, the wiring will be examined for signs of damage and wear.
Damage to both windscreens will be assessed, looking for any dangerous cracks or chips. All windows on the car will be examined for safety, as will washers and wipers. After all, these are essential for seeing properly on the road no matter the elements.
All services involve a test to ensure that all electrical instruments, such as speedometer, mileage counter, rev counter etc. are in good working order. All the warning lights and gauges will be inspected, as will the horn.
Apart from thorough tyre checks, wheels also undergo a full inspection. The balancing and wheel bearings are examined fully, as are the suspension and wheel alignment.
Vehicle road test
After every component is examined and tested, the car undergoes a road test to ensure it is performing well and that no issues arise when the engine is powered on and the vehicle is moving.
So, this is a detailed overview of a full vehicle service. Keep in mind that during the service, you may be told that fluids need to be replaced or certain parts need replacing. This will add to your bill once your vehicle has been thoroughly serviced. Due to the unidentified wear on your car’s components, it’s impossible to get a quote that covers materials and parts before inspection.