Servicing Your Vehicle
We recommend servicing your vehicle every 5000km/6months or 12months if synthetic oil is used. Please discuss your vehicles specific requirements with our mechanics.
Technology in cars like electronic fuel injection and electronic control units certainly have simplified servicing and "tuning" a car if the right computer equipment is used but they have also made the process more involved for the mechanic (technician) who must be trained to a higher level.
There is much more to servicing a modern car than simply giving it a "grease and oil change." The old $35 dollar grease and oil might have passed muster a decade ago but is in most cases insufficient attention for a new car with its many sophisticated systems.
A correctly serviced and tuned engine will have a longer, more economical service life than one that is run into the ground with minimal or inappropriate attention. It can also pre-warn or potentially major problems with the engine and transmission.
Coolant is another critical fluid to a car's performance and engine longevity. Coolant degrades over time and loses its ability to inhibit corrosion inside the engine and also its cooling efficiency.
A full service will pick up any potential cooling system problem including leaks from the radiator, cap, water pump, cylinder head or gasket and hoses. A full service will also among other things, tell you the condition of the brake pads, battery condition, steering alignment, tyre tread depth, suspension condition, oil leaks of any sort, exhaust leaks or corrosion, even how well the door locks are working.
And the best thing apart from having a fully functional, safe car is that with a complete service history, the car will be worth more when you sell it.
What Our Mechanics Do During A Service
- Place vehicle on hoist.
Change engine oil. Change oil filter if required.
- Check diff & gear oil.
Inspect underside of vehicle, including exhaust, cv joint and steering rack boots, suspension & steering joints, brake lines & hoses, fuel lines, shock absorbers, brake pads etc.
- Check tyres. Set tyre pressures.
Check cooling system anti freeze strength. Check system visually for leaks.
Check all fluid levels & top up as required.
- Check battery condition with electronic tester.
- Top up electrolyte levels and clean terminals.
- Clean air filter and renew if necessary.
- Complete vehicle service sticker and attach to windscreen