It’s that time of year when many of us will have scheduled our vehicles for an annual car service at a local garage. We all understand the significance of having a car serviced; it ensures that the car runs at peak performance, makes it safer to drive, and is more efficient to run, saving you money. But what happens while you’re waiting for your car and our mechanics are hard at work? This section will give you an idea of what might happen during your electric car servicing. The work performed is determined by the type of service your vehicle has been scheduled for. Every garage is different, but the following should give you an idea of the various types of service and what may happen to your car:
Interim Service – To ensure your car is roadworthy and safe in the interim between full services, these are performed every 6 months or every 6,000 miles and provide peace of mind that all parts of your car are working properly.
Full Service – A full service is recommended once a year or every 12,000 miles to keep your car in good working order.
We begin work after discussing any concerns or issues you may have about your vehicle with you. The technician of car servicing Bracknell will fit seat and foot well protection covers, check for any damage to the body of the car, and inspect your wheel trims.
Before your vehicle is raised, the interior and exterior lights, the horn, and all seat belts are tested to ensure that they are in good working order. The technician will inspect the condition of your headlamps, number plates, and mirrors, as well as your windscreen, wipers, and wiper alignment. Your ABS warning light is checked for proper operation, and the heater plug indicator is checked during an interim or diesel service. During a major or diesel service your fuel cap and clutch action/clutch slip are also examined.
hen it’s time to look under the hood, where the battery terminals are checked for security and the auxiliary drive belts are inspected. Radiator hoses are inspected for leaks and condition, the strength of your antifreeze is tested, and the technician performs a visual inspection to ensure no coolant has leaked. During a major service and on a diesel vehicle, the mechanic will check to see if your cam-belt or pollen filters needs to be replaced.
The radiator is thoroughly inspected for leaks and that the cap is in good condition. Leaks are also checked on the expansion bottle and cap. The clutch hydraulics/cable are inspected and, if necessary, adjusted. If necessary, an electric cooling fan in your vehicle is considered. During a major or interim service, the HT leads are checked, and the air filter is checked.
By raising your vehicle, the technician of car servicing in Maidenhead will inspect your wheel bearings for noise and play before checking your steering and suspension for wear, corrosion, and leaks. To complete the wheel repair, the wheels and brake drums are removed, and the discs and drums are examined for cracks, distortion, corrosion, and scoring. Wheel cylinders and calipers are checked for leaks and proper operation, and the pads are examined for wear. The brake hydraulic system, pipes, and hoses are visually inspected for leaks, chafing, and corrosion. The handbrake’s security is checked, and it is lubricated and adjusted as needed.
Then it’s your turn to have your tyres checked, as the condition and pressure of all of your tyres, including the spare, are checked. The condition of the prop shaft and driveshaft joints and gaiters is examined, as is the exhaust system for leaks, security, and noise. A visual inspection is performed to look for oil leaks. The fuel lines and filter are checked, as are the auxiliary handbrake shoes. The wheels’ balance will be checked and the auto transmission cables/linkage will be lubricated during a major or diesel service. The starter motor is tested for cranking operation and security, and the alternator is examined and tested for charging operation and security. A battery test is also performed.
Following that, it’s time to refill and replace, which includes replacing the oil filter, sump-plug washer, and engine oil, as well as checking and topping up the gearbox and axle oils, topping up brake/clutch fluid, and topping up the radiator. The condition of the spark plugs is checked in a gasoline vehicle. On a major service, battery terminals, throttle linkages, and all accessible door/bonnet hinges are lubricated. The transmission fluid and power assisted steering reservoirs are checked and refilled, and the bonnet catch is greased.
After your vehicle has been leveled, the wheel nuts and bonnet are inspected for security, and the alignment to the front wheels is checked. Before your car is road tested, the car service light is reset and the service history book is stamped, if applicable.