A minor servicing generally includes a comprehensive vehicle inspection and diagnostic checks, engine oil and filter replacement, vehicle greasing and tyre rotation by a professional factory-trained technician. It can be part of the logbook service, and sometimes it will be referred to as a basic or general service.
As a rough guideline – this really depends on our vehicle, manufacturer requirements, engine type and how your vehicle is being used – a minor service is required every 10,000km or every year.
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A major service includes replacing transmission and differential oils, which lubricates the ring and pinion gears that transfer power from the driveshaft to the wheel axles. You can also count on checking and replacing brake and clutch fluid, adjusting tappet clearance to make sure the most important parts in your engine keep running in optimal condition. It also the time to check and replace wheel bearing grease, to name but a few of the additional items required.
Depending on the vehicle, manufacturer requirements and engine type, you can count on a major service after two minor ones, so about every three years or 30,000km. This is usually also the right time to think about replacing spark plugs, cabin and fuel filters and timing belts for example. Your manufacturers logbook will tell you exactly when these services are necessary.
It is important for your vehicle brakes to be in good condition. Should you require advice with your brakes, visit our workshop for a consultation. Car professionals recommend getting a brake check-up at least once a year.
A squeaking or squealing sound every time you engage the brakes is the number one sign you need to bring your vehicle in for service. If you hear grinding, bring it in right away because the pads are worn out.
A brake fluid flush removes all the old fluid from the braking system then pumps in new brake fluid. Any air introduced during the procedure is removed, and the system resealed. Having a brake fluid flush ensures that your vehicle’s braking system can perform as designed, keeping you safe while driving.
Contaminated brake fluid can cause corrosion and excessive wear to metal brake lines, callipers, and master cylinder pistons. These metal braking components can eventually corrode from the inside when the old brake fluid is left in the system too long. When a brake line fails, partial or complete brake failure can occur. Corrosion build-up may cause the brake callipers to stick open or closed, resulting in ineffective brakes. Additionally, corrosion is abrasive and causes gaskets and seals to wear, which leads to leaks and low brake fluid.
Regularly servicing the transmission on your car can help ensure you avoid expensive repair work. A number of cars have specific transmission issues that require attention when servicing.
- The oil level and condition of Audi transmissions cannot be checked easily. Not keeping tabs on the condition and oil level of these transmissions could lead to serious problems. Racing Technik can check your Audi transmission for you.
- The 5L40E transmission as fitted to BMW diesel models must be serviced regularly to prevent failure caused by inherent design flaws.
- Many BMW transmissions have a notice that says: Sealed for life. Do not service. Many car owners and mechanics take this at face value and fail to service the transmission. We often encounter these BMW transmissions with serious failures that could have been prevented with a normal transmission servicing routine.
To service a transmission, Racing Technik follows a comprehensive range of steps to ensure your European auto trans will operate properly and give you years of trouble-free motoring.
- Drain all transmission fluid
- Remove the oil pan and clean it
- Check the fluid for sludge or any signs of metal or clutch lining material
- Remove, clean and replace filters
- Test the bands and controls, adjusting where needed
- Refit the pan, using a new gasket
- Fill the transmission with new transmission fluid, making sure the type and levels are correct
- Inspect seals and hoses for leaks and wear
- Test operation of the serviced automatic transmission.
A car’s coolant (water) pump is a belt-driven machine that maintains the circulation and regulation of the coolant from the radiator to the car’s engine. If a coolant pump works as expected, you’ll have constant car temperatures according to your settings, regardless of the weather outside. However, if the coolant pump fails to work, it can damage your car due to overheating.
Therefore, you should consult with an automotive expert to have it inspected regularly and replaced if it’s effective to prevent excessive damage to your car. If the coolant pump isn’t functioning well, it won’t be able to circulate the coolant throughout the engine. When this happens, it results in overheating and can damage the engine. After identifying irregular rising temperatures through your dashboard gauge, it’s crucial to contact a certified expert to inspect your car’s cooling system and replace the defective components, including the water pump.
It is not always general knowledge that the timing chain inside the engine needs to be replaced at a minimum every 120,000 kilometres. As a result, there are plenty of vehicles out there with a failing timing chain that is causing extra wear-and-tear on the vehicle and may even cause your vehicle to require repairs.
The symptoms of a failing timing chain often come on slowly, as the chain gets longer and more worn over time. So, you probably won’t notice a sudden dramatic symptom until the chain is about to give out entirely. Instead, you should reflect on how your vehicle is running today and try to consider how it ran several months ago. Small problems could indicate that a total failure of the chain is on the way. Here are the symptoms that could mean you have a failing timing chain:
- Rough idling and rattling sound
- Unusual noises
- Metal shavings in oil
- Engine misfires
- Check engine light on
On average, a clutch need to be replaced every 50,000 to 80,000 kilometres in general. However, the car’s clutch duration will depend on your car model and make, with newer and more expensive cars having superior parts with a longer lifespan. In fact, most new cars now have clutches that often last for 90,000 kilometres or more.