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    • Maureen43
    • By Maureen43 24th Sep 16, 3:51 PM
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    How often should I get my car serviced?
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    • 24th Sep 16, 3:51 PM
    How often should I get my car serviced? 24th Sep 16 at 3:51 PM
    I was always told you should get your car serviced every year, but a friend today says not. They say a car only needs servicing after "a certain number of miles"!!

    I do about 8000 miles a year and I drive a newish Seat.

    What do people think? Once a year or less often?

    I'm hoping you will say less often as that will save me a shed load of money!

    M.
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    • TonyMMM
    • By TonyMMM 24th Sep 16, 3:53 PM
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    Is it still under the manufacturer's warranty period ?
    • guestman
    • By guestman 24th Sep 16, 3:53 PM
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    http://www.spireautomotive.com/seat/servicing/how-often-should-i-service-my-seat
    • Fat Walt
    • By Fat Walt 24th Sep 16, 3:54 PM
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    • 24th Sep 16, 3:54 PM
    I was always told you should get your car serviced every year, but a friend today says not. They say a car only needs servicing after "a certain number of miles"!!

    I do about 8000 miles a year and I drive a newish Seat.

    What do people think? Once a year or less often?

    I'm hoping you will say less often as that will save me a shed load of money!

    M.
    Originally posted by Maureen43

    It'll be every year or X,000 miles.

    Your hand book will tell you.
    • guestman
    • By guestman 24th Sep 16, 3:56 PM
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    every year is for a basic oil + filter , use long life oil and a back street garage and it isn't that expensive..


    I just changed the oil in my leon cupra , I opted for shell helix with a 30% of code from euro car parts which ended up costing me 20, then 5 for a filter.
    • Maureen43
    • By Maureen43 24th Sep 16, 4:05 PM
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    • 24th Sep 16, 4:05 PM
    Is it still under the manufacturer's warranty period ?
    Originally posted by TonyMMM
    No. It's four years old.
    • Maureen43
    • By Maureen43 24th Sep 16, 4:07 PM
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    • 24th Sep 16, 4:07 PM
    Sounds like every year or 10000 miles.

    Every year then!
    • Sicard
    • By Sicard 25th Sep 16, 8:22 AM
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    When I worked on servicing cars 40+ years ago it was every 6 or 12 months depending on the car. There's levels to check if you don't do it yourself and oil burns which deteriorates its effectiveness. There's tyre pressures to check and, depending on the service, wheels to change from front to rear and swapping from side to side. There's adjustments to make for carburetor cars if too much/little fuel of air is passing through. In fact there's lots of checks to make. I used to service all my cars at home but I look under bonnets nowadays and haven't got a clue what's what.

    I know it's expensive but get it serviced. It could save you a lot of money in the long-term.
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    • EdGasket
    • By EdGasket 25th Sep 16, 10:08 AM
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    There's not much to do on services these days apart from the oil and filter. If you have a major service at a franchise garage then they will bump the cost up with various 'checks' and maybe oiling the hinges and changing the pollen filter but generally oil and filter is all that needs doing. The exception would be a car with a timing belt that requires changing at the specified mileage or number of years.

    I know its fashionable to add on brake fluid change every two years but I've never done that and never had any problems.

    Swapping tyres round is old-hat; they are best left where they are as the rubber beds in to that particular wheel and rotation.
    Last edited by EdGasket; 25-09-2016 at 10:11 AM.
    • maninthestreet
    • By maninthestreet 25th Sep 16, 11:29 AM
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    When I worked on servicing cars 40+ years ago it was every 6 or 12 months depending on the car. There's levels to check if you don't do it yourself and oil burns which deteriorates its effectiveness. There's tyre pressures to check and, depending on the service, wheels to change from front to rear and swapping from side to side. There's adjustments to make for carburetor cars if too much/little fuel of air is passing through. In fact there's lots of checks to make. I used to service all my cars at home but I look under bonnets nowadays and haven't got a clue what's what.

    I know it's expensive but get it serviced. It could save you a lot of money in the long-term.
    Originally posted by Laurie Sicard-Askey
    Any car less than about 25 years old won't use carburetors - they were superceded by fuel injection.
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    • Iceweasel
    • By Iceweasel 25th Sep 16, 3:01 PM
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    Definitely no carburetors these days - thank God.

    12K miles or 12 months is a good rule of thumb for an oil and oil-filter change.

    Cabin/pollen filter and air filter needs changed then too - despite what many manufacturers say.

    If you don't drive far out of UK (e.g. to the outer regions of the EU where fuel quality and cleanliness can be questionable) then a fuel filter change around 60K miles would be fine.

    Brake fluid needs a change after first 3 years then every 2 years.

    Don't rely on any garage service checking the tyre pressures - you should be checking them yourself anyway every 2 weeks or so.

    Swapping tyres around to equalise wear seems to be a thing of the past too - plus it's not possible on many cars due to front and rewar having different tyre sizes.
    • peter12345678910
    • By peter12345678910 25th Sep 16, 4:53 PM
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    You could pump out pas and brake fluid and top it up, no hasstle each year. Some services are about 100 000 miles like timing belt change, or gear oil fluid, or at least top it up.
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    • pappa golf
    • By pappa golf 25th Sep 16, 4:59 PM
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    Definitely no carburetors these days - thank God.

    12K miles or 12 months is a good rule of thumb for an oil and oil-filter change.

    Cabin/pollen filter and air filter needs changed then too - despite what many manufacturers say.

    If you don't drive far out of UK (e.g. to the outer regions of the EU where fuel quality and cleanliness can be questionable) then a fuel filter change around 60K miles would be fine.

    Brake fluid needs a change after first 3 years then every 2 years.

    Don't rely on any garage service checking the tyre pressures - you should be checking them yourself anyway every 2 weeks or so.

    Swapping tyres around to equalise wear seems to be a thing of the past too - plus it's not possible on many cars due to front and rewar having different tyre sizes.
    Originally posted by Iceweasel

    is the brake fluid fitted by the manufacturer better than the replacement stuff?
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    • nickcc
    • By nickcc 25th Sep 16, 7:40 PM
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    Peugeot 308 is every 2 years or 20,000 miles.
    • arcon5
    • By arcon5 25th Sep 16, 7:50 PM
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    is the brake fluid fitted by the manufacturer better than the replacement stuff?
    Originally posted by pappa golf
    Doesn't that depend on what 'replacement stuff' you buy..

    None the less brake fluid isn't the lifetime component many treat it as
    • EdGasket
    • By EdGasket 25th Sep 16, 8:07 PM
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    Doesn't that depend on what 'replacement stuff' you buy..

    None the less brake fluid isn't the lifetime component many treat it as
    Originally posted by arcon5
    It is on my cars.
    • oldagetraveller
    • By oldagetraveller 26th Sep 16, 3:23 PM
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    Doesn't that depend on what 'replacement stuff' you buy..

    None the less brake fluid isn't the lifetime component many treat it as
    Originally posted by arcon5
    http://www.automec.co.uk/collections/brake-fluid/products/silicone-dot-5-brake-clutch-fluid

    It can be. I've had this in my 1962 Morris Minor (good weather car, non daily driver) for 10 years. However the whole braking system was replaced prior to it's use. I believe it can cause problems with rubber seals if it just replaces an existing fluid without renewing all the seals first.
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    • Ebe Scrooge
    • By Ebe Scrooge 26th Sep 16, 4:18 PM
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    Servicing is always every x miles or y months, whichever comes first ( e.g. 12,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first ). Your handbook will tell you.


    A minor service is ( on most cars ) well within the scope of anyone with a modicum of DIY experience - it consists of little more than replacing oil and various filters ( again, the handbook / service book will tell you exactly what's required and when ). Even if you're not confident in doing this yourself, if the car's out of warranty then it's a very simple job for a decent independent mechanic, who will charge far less than a main dealer. Actually, there's no reason a local mechanic can't service it even when it is under warranty - as long as he's VAT registered and uses genuine parts then the manufacturer must honour the warranty. But that's a different discussion
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    • jimjames
    • By jimjames 26th Sep 16, 5:40 PM
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    I'm hoping you will say less often as that will save me a shed load of money!

    M.
    Originally posted by Maureen43
    If you skip servicing then in the long run it won't save you money but cost more. Unless your 8000 miles is done on the motorway for long distances then your engine will need annual servicing for short distance driving done from cold. Skip servicing and it's more likely to cause other issues and other items are likely to still need to be done on time based intervals not distance. At least things like brakes will only need doing when worn.
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    • anotheruser
    • By anotheruser 26th Sep 16, 7:01 PM
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    I've never really had such a new car but I always get my cars serviced twice a year; once at the MOt, once 6 months from then.

    We've hardly ever broken down, and always feel safe - both cars did nearly 20,000 a year.

    However, my new car tells me when it needs a service (10,000 miles or 365 days, whichever is first), so I'll just get it done when it tells me to.
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