Which Service Does My Car Need?

Having your car serviced regularly ensures that it keeps running smoothly and is kept road legal. If you have any warranty, be it third party or manufacturers, keeping on top of your car’s service schedule ensures that the warranty remains valid. When you book your car in for a service, you may be asked which service it requires. Most manufacturers will state which service is required when in the service book. For most cars, there are two types of services: interim and full.

Interim/ Minor/ Basic Service

This service is typically designed to be done at every 10,000 Km. Depending on a car’s service interval, it may require servicing more than once per year, but it might not necessarily need a full service.
Mainly the engine oil and filter will be changed, with additional basic checks carried out to determine the roadworthiness of the car, including; checking the brakes, tyres and leaking hoses. Other vital fluids, such as coolant and brake fluid, will also be topped up if required.
While these are standard for an interim service, some garages will include different jobs on top, such as removing the wheels to check the brake pads and checking the auxiliary drives belts. A Marketplace Platform like OPEN BONNET can give you access to a huge number of garage choices under one roof making your job of selecting the best service provider very easy and trustworthy.

Full/ Major Service

A full service has a wider range of checks and service replacement parts than an interim service and is typically carried out once per year or at every 40,000 Km.
Below is a list of jobs that are normally carried out, but not strictly limited to:

  1. Oil and filter change
  2. New air filter
  3. New fuel filter (diesel engines)
  4. New spark plugs (petrol engines)
  5. Extensive checks for leaks, general wear, including steering system and driveshaft
  6. Removal of wheels and checking of brakes
  7. Wheel bearings checked for excessive play (wear)
  8. Brake cylinders, pipes, and hoses checked for leaks or damage
  9. Suspension checked for wear or damage
  10. Clutch operation checked (manuals)
  11. Handbrake operation checked and adjusted if necessary
  12. Brake fluid tested and replaced if necessary
  13. Reset service light
  14. Tyres checked for wear, damage, and signs of misalignment
  15. Exhaust system checked for corrosion, damage or leaks

As well as routine maintenance, a periodic service is a good opportunity to have any minor problems you may be having checked, as the mechanic will have a better chance of finding and repairing the cause of the problem in advance before the damage is allowed to escalate.
If you are not sure which service you require, simply check your car’s service book or ask the expert Service Advisors at OPEN BONNET.
Author: Gaurav Sharma, Founder, Open Bonnet
At Open Bonnet, the Periodic Oil Change services start from just AED 120 and the process to choose a service provider is completely democratic – which means you are the one who decides everything through the support from Open Bonnet Service Advisors!
Visit Open Bonnet Website to Submit your Request Online. Or Call/ WhatsApp at +97158 9512500 to discuss your car service, repair, maintenance needs.

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Rachel Al Mughairi

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With over 34 years in the international insurance industry in a variety of senior management roles, and as holder of the Diploma in Insurance from the Chartered Insurance Institute, Rachel surely knows her insurance! With experience in London, continental Europe and the Middle East, Rachel is here to share her knowledge and help you understand more about insurance products in this easy-to-understand series of videos and blogs.