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What Is Car Service?

Bruce Budden Automotive
What Is Car Service?

Car service can be a bit of a mystery to many drivers. Many people put their car through its required maintenance but don’t understand what takes place during that time.

A good place to start is by reading the recommended maintenance schedule in your car owner’s manual. Then you can decide whether you need a full service, minor service or inspection.

Major Service

A major service covers all the same basics as the full and minor car service but also goes further to replace air, cabin and fuel filters and spark plugs. It will also check and replace the transmission oil and differential oil to lubricate the ring and pinion gears that transfer power from the driveshaft to the wheel axles, and the brake fluid, power steering fluid, coolant level and tyre pressure will be checked.

Car manufacturers set servicing intervals that are recommended to ensure your vehicle continues to operate safely and reliably, so it’s important to consult your car’s owner manual for specific details about when and what should be checked or replaced. Generally, a major service will be due every two years or 12,000 km, while a minor car service is required annually. Taking care of your car’s maintenance needs will help it to perform better and improve its resale value. It’s also an easy way to keep your warranty intact if you plan to sell it in the future.

Full Service

A full service, sometimes called a manufacturer's service, is an in-depth check of all the elements that make up your car. This includes the small things like spark plugs and fuel filters, as well as larger parts such as brake fluid and the timing belt.

Usually, it's recommended that a full service is done every year or after a set number of miles. The exact schedule will depend on the vehicle and your driving habits.

This level of maintenance will help you avoid the need for more expensive repairs in future, as your mechanic can catch issues at an early stage and deal with them before they get out of hand. It'll also mean your car is running at its optimum efficiency and will use less fuel than it would otherwise. You could also find that when the time comes to sell your car, its history of regular servicing can help you secure a better price.

Minor Service

The minor service, which is recommended every 10,000km or year depending on the manufacturer’s logbook, is a good way to maintain your car in tip-top condition. It will include a general inspection of the vehicle, including checking fluid levels, air and cabin filters, tyre pressure, and a battery test.

This is also the best time to replace long-term consumables such as spark plugs, transmission and differential oils, and brake and clutch fluid. It’s also the ideal opportunity to have any leaking hoses replaced.

In addition, a minor service will usually cover an oil and oil filter change, replacement of the wiper blades and windscreen washers and an inspection of the exterior lights, hinges and latches. Tyre rotation and balancing can be added as an optional extra.


Inspections are the most comprehensive type of car service Dapto. They’re usually done by experts who have a very specific checklist that they use to go over every inch of your vehicle, even those areas that most people don’t know about.


For example, they’ll check your master cylinder to make sure that it’s still working properly and not leaking or corroded. They’ll also check your suspension to make sure that nothing’s worn out and giving you a bumpy ride.

Most cars have to undergo inspections a certain number of times per year. Vintage cars may require an inspection only after three years, but most newer vehicles must pass one every two years. Buses, taxi cabs, and commercial vehicles must have an up to date inspection as well. Keeping up with inspections can keep you, your car, and other people safe. It can also save you money in the long run since it will prevent you from committing costly mistakes down the road.

Bruce Budden Automotive
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