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Car Servicing Speak

We're taking the jarring out of jargon.

This list entails some common faults found during a car service and provides a brief explanation about the problem and solution. This is purely a beneficial guide; for a detailed analysis and specific explanation of your car's problems, please speak to a professional mechanic or technician.

Full Service:

A full service should be carried out every 10,000 miles or 12 months. At Servicing Stop we: change the oil and oil filter (special oils at extra charge), top up bonnet fluid levels, check the brakes by removing the wheels, check brake fluid, check the steering, check suspension, check tyres, check the pollen filter, change air filter, change fuel filter (for diesel only, if applicable), replace spark plugs if applicable (at extra cost), and provide free collection and delivery.

Interim Service:

An interim service should be conducted every 5,000 miles or 6 months. At Servicing Stop we: change the oil and filter (special oils at extra charge), top up bonnet fluid levels, check the brakes, check the steering, check suspension, check the tyres, check the pollen filter, and provide free collection and delivery.

If your clutch is slipping:

A mechanic might tell you that the clutch on your car is 'slipping'. This means the clutch plate slips against the flywheel, rather than turning with it. A worn down clutch is usually the problem and will affect your acceleration. The clutch should be replaced if it is slipping, even if only a little.

If your engine management light comes on:

Also known as EML, this is a warning light that signals a major problem with your car. The light can be found on the dashboard and you must take your car to a garage to find the route of the problem, as the light can come on for a multitude of reasons.

If your service light comes on:

This important light indicates when your car is due for a service. Manufacturers usually make a service schedule a term in their warranties and regular servicing is crucial to the safety, value and lifespan of your vehicle.

If your tyre treads are worn:

If a mechanic tells you that your tyres are worn down so much they're illegal, it's because the tread no longer meet the law's requirements. By law tyres must be substituted for legal ones when the tread is worn down to 1.6mm, but for safety, you should replace your tyres if they become damaged in any way or when they reach 3mm.

If your vehicle fails the emissions test:

An emissions test is carried out during an MOT and may also be tested during a roadside check. The car is tested to see the level of pollutants it emits and must meet the standard set by law. If your car emits a large amount of pollutants, this may be due to an issue with the exhaust system, the catalytic converter, and/or the engine. If you fail your emissions test, you will not receive a valid MOT certificate and your car will not be road legal.

Emissions in large amounts are a hazard to the environment, the people surrounding your car and yourself.

If your car needs a tune up:

This means that for some reason your engine isn't producing enough power and won't respond properly when you accelerate. An engine performance analysis is often done to determine the route of any problems but you should consult your owner's manual/a professional mechanic if you are unsure whether your car needs a tune up.

If your cambelt needs changing:

Cambelts should be replaced at the intervals recommended to you by your manufacturer, because it can cause damage to your engine if unchanged for too long. A manufacturer will tell you when to change your cambelt depending on years owned/miles driven. You can check your owner's manual to find this information and do not disregard!

If you're told you need a service:

Vehicles need to be serviced regularly to maintain safety, roadworthiness and environmental standards. Cars need both minor checks and major services at different points during their lifespan. Your owner's manual will detail what is needed for your car. Don't ignore services because they are beneficial to the health and life of your car.

It's recommended that you have a full service every 12 months or 10,000 miles and an interim service every 6 months or 5,000 miles.

If your brake pads need replacing:

Brake pads wear down over time and it's crucial they are checked regularly and replaced before they are worn down to the metal. Without brake pads in place, your car's brake speed and efficiency will suffer and become a danger to you and those driving around you.

If you fail to replace your brake pads once they are worn down, you may then need to replace the brake discs beneath them, as well as the brake pads themselves.

If your dampers need replacing:

Dampers/shock absorbers are a wear and tear item, so they need replacing more often than other parts. If one or more of your dampers need replacing, it's because they have worn down and can become dangerous. It's crucial that you replace any worn dampers because they help to keep your tyres from skidding and keep them connected to the road properly.

If a diagnostics test is needed:

For a large majority of cars, a diagnostics check is carried out by a garage using software that can access your car's electronics system, or 'engine management' system. The check can see if any faults/problems with the vehicle's operations or performance have been monitored and recorded. This system enables garages to find and fix problems faster.

If your exhaust is blowing:

Exhausts make a louder sound if any holes or cracks have appeared in your exhaust system, because they are preventing it from working properly. It may be a part that needs replacing, or the entire system, depending on the size and severity of the damage.

It's recommended that you have your exhaust system checked by a professional every 1-2 years if the vehicle is over 5 years old.

For detailed lists of exactly what our Full and Interim services include, please visit our dedicated webpage.

A car service at Servicing Stop offers massive savings on main dealer prices and your warranty remains protected. For a free quote, call us on 0800 970 9046 or use our online quote system.

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