SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE

Whether you drive a brand new car or an older run-around, regular maintenance is a given. Many of us use our cars every day but we can be guilty of putting the car service on the back burner.

Ensuring your vehicle is serviced regularly could be the difference between a minor repair job and a serious and expensive problem down the track.

Manufacturers have recommended service intervals, which may consist of a simple oil change or could be more in-depth with curtain components requiring replacement.

The most vital part of a car service is to have your oil changed. If you don’t regularly change your oil, sludge may build up which will prevent the correct engine lubrication. Lack of oil pressure could result in engine failure and an expensive repair bill. Making sure your car has its regular service will help you avoid this problem and save you money in the long run.

Besides the normal scheduled services, there are other times when it’s important to have your car checked over. If you are planning a long trip away, have the car checked over to give you peace of mind or if the car has not been used in ages- get it checked over to ensure everything is ok.

Some advantages of Servicing your car.

  • Helps to reduce engine wear

  • Prolongs the life of your engine

  • Better fuel economy

  • Highlights any issues before they become larger issues

Basic Owner Maintenance Checks

Basic safety self-checks

  •  Seatbelts – check tension and belt buckle operation

  •  External Lights – replace bulbs if necessary

  •  Handbrake – ensure that it can hold the vehicle on a slope

  •  Windscreens & mirrors – check windscreens and mirrors for cracks

  •  Windscreen wipers – check wear on wiper blades, replace if necessary

  •  Horn – ensure this works

  •  Fluids – check engine oil and engine coolant levels

  •  Tyres – ensure tyres are at the correct pressures, check the treadwear

  •  Spare tyre & jack – ensure they are operational, check toolkit

Tyres checklist

  •  Tyre pressures

  •  Treadwear and tread depth

  •  Spare tire

  •  Carjack and tools

 

Fluids checklist

  •  Engine oil

  •  Radiator coolant

  •  Brake fluid

  •  Power steering fluid

  •  Windscreen washer fluid

  •  Clutch fluid (manual cars)

 

Lights checklist

  •  Headlights

  •  Indicators/hazard lights

  •  Brake lights

  •  Reverse lights

  •  Park & Fog lights

Other things to look for

  •  Radiator hoses – check for leaks and cracks

  •  Engine air filter – check that it is clean

  •  Battery – look for corrosion around terminals

  •  Fan belts – ensure none are loose or squeaking on start-up

  •  Unusual engine noises – hard to start, ticking, hissing or clunking

  •  Ensure that child seats are fitted correctly 

At Caboolture Auto Repair we will cover all the above items as well as more, in-depth, specialised checks and maintenance procedures stipulated by the vehicle manufacturer.

We also ensure all logbooks are updated upon servicing.

Examples of tasks undertaken- these vary dependant on make and milage:-

  • Change the engine oil

  • Replace the oil filter

  • Replace the air filter

  • Replace the fuel filter

  • Replace the cabin or a/c filter

  • Replace the spark plugs

  • Check level and refill brake fluid/clutch fluid

  • Check Brake Pads/Liners, Brake Discs/Drums, and replace if worn out.

  • Check Coolant Hoses

  • Check the charging systems

  • Check the battery

  • Check level and refill power steering fluid

  • Check level and refill Automatic/Manual Transmission Fluid

  • Grease and lubricate components

  • Inspect and replace the timing belt or timing chain if needed

  • Check the condition of the tires

  • Check for proper operation of all lights, wipers, etc.

  • Check for any error codes in the ECU and take corrective action.

  • Use a scan tool to read trouble codes.

If you have any questions or concerns don't hesitate in bringing them to our attention.