What Does a Full Car Service Entail?

November 7th, 2019 by

Car servicing is vital, not only for the safety of you and others on the road but for the efficiency of your vehicle as well.

There are thousands of accidents every year, all as a result of vehicle malfunction. And most of those are due to a lack of maintenance on the owner’s part.

It’s essential to take your car in for a full car service regularly. Doing so at least once a year, or every 12,000 miles of driving is an excellent rule to live by.

Every manufacturer has a different recommendation though, so check your owner’s manual to see what your vehicle maker recommends to be sure.

Are you curious to know what a full car service actually means? Here’s a guide that will tell you all about what that process entails.


What Is a Full Car Service?

There are different types of car service, so it’s essential that you remember to do FULL service each year, even if you’ve had your oil changed or your brakes checked prior.

Don’t mistake an interim or basic car service with a full one. A basic service will include basic things, such as:

  • An oil change
  • An oil filter change
  • Fluid levels and leaks check
  • Horn and lights check
  • A brakes check

A full car service includes much more than just that. In fact, it should consist of checking up to 50 components of the car or more. In a full car service, some of the many system checks and adjustments that will be done are as follows:

  • Check lights, tires, and exhaust
  • Check operations of steering and brakes
  • An engine oil change and filter replacement
  • Make sure the engine is set to run in peak condition
  • Check coolant levels and hydraulic fluid
  • Check the cooling system (from pumps and hoses to radiators)
  • Suspension checks
  • Check steering alignment
  • Testing the car’s battery condition

The smallest glitch can end up being a detriment on the road, which is why yearly car full-service checks are vital.


What About Major or Manufacturer’s Service?

A major car service includes everything that’s in a full service, but with the addition of changing things like spark plugs and fuel filters.

A manufacturer’s service includes all service, wear, and maintenance that your car needs. It’s the most comprehensive and expensive service available, as it ensures that every single component of your car is in good shape and working properly.

A manufacturer’s service will also include checks and adjustments, such as:

  • Full brake check
  • Brake fluid check and top off
  • Anti-freeze coolant check and top off
  • Oil and filter check and replacement for both
  • Power steering fluid check and top off
  • Steering check
  • Shock absorbers check
  • Lights check
  • Windshield wipers check
  • Wheel alignment check
  • Exhaust check
  • Charging systems check
  • Battery check
  • Suspension check

These are just a few of the many things your mechanic will check at a manufacturer’s car service because they’ll be checking every possible element there is to test.


How Long Does a Full-Service Take?

A full-service check on your vehicle will typically take around 3 hours. However, if your servicer runs into anything major along the way, it could take even longer.

Your best bet is to do something at that time, so you aren’t tapping your foot and waiting, especially if it ends up taking longer.


What Are the Benefits of Having a Full-Service Check?

Aside from making your car safer for you, your passengers, and other drivers on the road, there are many benefits to getting your car serviced every year.


It’ll Increase Your Car’s Lifespan

Just like your home, or your own body, the more care you give to your car, the longer it will last.

A regularly serviced car is a happy car.


You’ll Save Money on Fuel

Healthy cars are more affordable to run. When your vehicle’s engine and other components are running at their most efficient level, your car will inevitably be more fuel-efficient.

A more fuel-efficient car will save you money each time you fill the tank with gas.


It’ll Be Easier to Sell

Every car has a history, and potential buyers have access to that history. If your vehicle has a history of having full-service checks every year, you can ask for a higher price when you decide to sell your car.

When you’re ready to sell, here are some tips to check out when it comes to selling privately.


You’ll Save Money in the Long Run

Car accidents cost money, and so many car accidents happen as a result of owners not properly caring for their vehicles.

Choosing to deal with any smaller issues before they become big is much better for your pockets.

For example, when you don’t change your oil in time, your engine could break. Replacing your engine will cost a lot more than changing your oil twice a year.

And changing your oil increases your vehicle’s performance.


Don’t Skimp on a Full Car Service

When you slack on car maintenance, you slack on car safety. There are thousands of preventable accidents every single year that occur as a result of a lack of car maintenance.

Vehicles are big assets. Just like your home, the more you maintain your car, the longer it will last and the more valuable it is.

When it comes to selling a vehicle, it’ll be worth more if it has a track record of regular full-service check-ups.

Plus, opting to pay for full car service will inevitably save you money in the long run.

Have you recently changed your oil and checked your brakes but want to schedule the rest of what’s included in a full-service check? Contact us or stop by.

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