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Questions tagged [service]

A motor vehicle service is a set of maintenance procedures carried out either at set time intervals or after the vehicle has travelled a certain distance since it's last service.

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Are there “preventative healthcare” options for cars? [duplicate]

I've had a Volkswagen Passat for a little over a year now, and it's been driving without any major issues so far. However, I've noticed the ride feels just generally "worse" that it did before. ...
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What causes this scratch?

I have a Maruti White Baleno car. Today I left my car for servicing. They have did exterior dry cleaning, oil change etc. I see horizontal marks on back left fender (Attached screenshot) What might ...
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My 2008 Mazda 3 TS D passed it's MOT, but with seemingly low service/parking brake efficiency. Should I be worried?

I have a 2008 Mazda 3 TS D. It's my first car, so I'm still unsure as to what is normal and what is not. I'm in the UK (Northern Ireland). It recently (Saturday) passed it's MOT, but the parking/...
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Reset inspection light on Seat Ibiza ST 2013

Just bought a Seat Ibiza ST (2013) and noticed that the 'spanner' icon is display on the dash which normally indicates a service interval (seen here: https://seventrumpet.com/how-to-reset-service-oil-...
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Do we have to use the car daily, before the first one month service?

I have bought a Honda Amaze 2018 a few days back. The sales person informed me that its first free service to be done after 1 month. I plan to use it not for daily commute but only on weekends. Some ...
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Changed break-pads - wipers don't work, ABS malfunctioning?

A week ago on Friday I took my car (Fiat Grande Punto 2008, 1.3, 55kW) to the car service to change my front break pads as there were worn out. Yesterday there was heavy rain and I had to do a sudden ...
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How to service a vehicles electrical system?

While I have a good knowledge on general service procedures for a vehicles engine, suspension, exhaust and other usual systems, I'm unsure of how to keep a vehicles electrical system in top-notch. My ...
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Checking service history i.e. full service not mot

For any vechicle you need to get an mot done annually then there's a Service every so often. I know the dvla has a tool for checking it's mot status. However how do I know the previous owner of van ...
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New car first service due in date not in KM

I recently purchased a "new" subaru outback diesel with 20km on it. Now a month passed and I put 600km on it. However, the 1st service is overdue in time (in fact the first serives was due 1 week ...
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Do cars have a specific brake and power steering fluid or are they universal?

I am servicing my standard hyundai coupe 2006. Things like the engine oil, air filter and coolant have to be the specific ones for your car. However what about power steering and brake fluid, I can'...
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Is failing to change brake fluid a life safety issue?

While I recognise the the brake system in my car is redundant, is it possible that failure to replace brake fluid could result in a fatal accident? or is there sufficient redundancy and warning ...
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Can I get my service elsewhere?

In 2016 I bought a the new Clio GT. Next week it should have it's annual service. I moved to another city last month and now I am asking myself if I can get the service at any other renault dealer. ...
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Dealership's service dept drove my car 19 km

I left my car at the dealership for a few hours today to get my suspension looked at and to find out what was causing the creaking noises coming from the back. The service advisor told me that the ...
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What is “A/C Vent Mist Service”?

I had my car serviced and I accidentally agreed to have some sort of service called "A/C Vent Mist Service" done. They described the service as cleaning your car's A/C vents and removing things that ...
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How to determine if manual transmission fluid has to be changed?

I took my 2015 Honda Accord to the dealership to have a recall serviced. While performing the service, the mechanic recommended that I also had my manual transmission fluid (MTF) flushed since the car'...
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Necessity of checking valve-clearance on 1 cylinder GY6

Engine-valves usually get tighter as they're used. The symptoms of engine-valves that are too tight, are as follows: Bad fuel economy Difficult to start Stalling idle The manual for my scooter ...
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Changing a tight old spark plug

Is it possible to ensure that no debris from broken spark plug insulator falls into the combustion chamber when changing an old plug?
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Renault master red key icon won't shut off

The car is a Renault master 2011. It got a new injector gasket installed and this key light won't turn off. I thought it's an oil warning and tried to follow some instructions from a forum but there ...
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How to Tell No MOT Advisory Notes?

In the UK, the MOT test may contain advisory notes but as far as I understand these are optional. One can also check the MOT history of a vehicle through Gov.UK web site. However I don't understand by ...
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Broke down from lack of oil after 2 weeks since service

Here is my story: May 1st - Went to a shop A, had aftermarket turbo back exhaust & intake installed. These parts are quality, had good reviews and straight from the manufacturers. Had regular ...
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Troubleshooting: Startup/Ignition

What factors influence ignition, during startup? Relatively modern vehicle; little over 10 years old. Owned since new. No history of related problems. Recently began to display intermittent failure ...
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Error Stabilization Control (ESC)/ ABS warning shown on my car dashboard

My Volkswagen Jetta shows Error Stabilization Control (ESC)/ABS warning message on the dashboard. The problem first appeared a few weeks ago. At first it only appeared randomly, but for these few days ...
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MOT in UK, is there a tolerance time when the MOT is expired?

My MOT expires next month and I need to renew it, however I have a flight to take in that period and I'll be back two days after the expiration date. I need to bring the car to the airport and leave ...
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Car battery - Disconnected just positive while doing work

I've installed an extra 12V source in my car and everything is working. While installing it I removed the positive terminal from the battery and left the negative connected. (Resting the positive on ...
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Hissing sound when depressing the brake pedal

My friend has a 2005 Peugeot 206. He brought it by for me to advise him on the brakes, and when I test drove it the brakes were soft and spongy. He then took it to a mechanic, and when he picked the ...
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What's a reasonable time for doing a one person brake bleed?

I bleed the brakes on a friends 05 Peugeot 206 yesterday, and it took me about three hours. I did it manually by myself, pumping the brakes, refilling, over and over for each tire. I did everything ...
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How to know if the brakes are rear/front or diagonally split?

I read that in general rear wheel drive vehicles have break line circuits that are rear / front split, and that front wheel drive vehicles tend to be diagonally split ((LF,RR),(RF,LR)). How useful is ...
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First service for a 2015 Ford Edge AWD

I have a 2015 Ford Edge AWD that I've had since new. I've had it for 12 months now, and I've done a measly 2,800 miles in it. One thing I have not done with it is have it serviced. Normally when I've ...
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What are the most common recommended “scam” repairs/maintenance? [closed]

I've seen forums, Q/A sites, and many questions on this SE site pertaining to whether or not a suggested repair is a scam or not, but I've never seen an attempt to compile a list of the most common/...
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Service Mileage and its effects [closed]

I own a Mercedes Benz CLA 200. The service interval is shown as 15K, how much can you stretch this without a problem?
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Understanding Car Servicing for a second hand car

I bought a peugeot 206 last year (a second hand one). Such car is my first car, I haven't owned one before, although I used to drive before such purchase. The car is quite old (I think 8-10 years), I ...
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Renewed brake pads

I am new to the automotive world and especially in services. I did some research on some things, but others I cannot find definite answer. I bought a car which has had "renewed brake pads and discs"...
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Should I have run out of engine oil?

I have a Holden Captiva 5 LT (2013, petrol 4cyl) I had noticed the other day that my light for "Dangerously Low Oil Levels" had come on. From my limited knowledge of cars, If my oil was filled last ...
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Buying a car without a service history? [closed]

I'm considering buying an Audi A3 from 2013, from an official Audi dealership. It's in good condition as far as I can tell, and has all the options I need. The problem is that they don't have a ...
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Radically different car maintenance schedules in manual and service instruction sheet

I own a 2013 Fiesta Ecoboost 1.0L 74kW, and noticed that the maintenance instructions in the US version of the owners manual are very different from the service schedule available on Ford Etis. (EU ...
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How can I know if a TSB has been applied to my vehicle?

I have a 2013 Infiniti JX35 with a brake pedal that is softening when the car is at a full stop. An independent auto shop says that the ABS needs to be reprogrammed by the dealership as described in ...
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Have my tyres been tampered with?

I took my car to the garage and arranged with them to replace all 4 tyres. I'd order the tyres to the garage and they'd fit them. I also asked the mechanics to check the tyres manufacturing date and ...
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What is full service / interim service / service a / service b?

I have been trying to book the car for service as the panel suggests that 'service B is due', but the booking services offer Full service an Interim service to choose from. I guess Service B is one of ...
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Oil, brake, servicing reminder lights turn off using OBD-II

I am doing a project to reset oil, brake, servicing reminder lights etc. using OBD-II Bluetooth scanners (VGate and OBDLink SX Scan Tool). Basically, trying to do what enhanced OBD-II scanners are ...
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2000 Ford Focus will not start

After turning the ignition the car will not make a sound. The radio works, and all the lights work except the headlights. What could be the problem?
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Service intervals of different cars

Background So in the process of buying a used car, I feel I need to know what kind of service a car should have had prior to the purchase and will have to have after the purchase. I'm looking for a ...
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Why does my garage insist on using an engine flush when changing the oil?

My car handbook lists what should be done at each service, and it does not say “engine flush” should be used. The main dealers don’t use it. Yet most small garages seem to insist on using it at ...
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What's the point of servicing a car?

As you can probably tell from the question, I know almost nothing about motor vehicles. So apologies for my ignorance but I wasn't sure where else I might get this question answered impartially. ...
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How important is the procedure to service a car every 6 months [duplicate]

Recently I bought a car. The recommendation is to do the service every 12,000 kms or 6 months. I'm using the car for about 400 kms per month. I'm far from the next service. But I received a call ...
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What actually happens when there is way too much oil in a car engine?

I saw the answers to a question I posted recently highlighting the disadvantages of having too little oil in an engine, but that got me wondering what if the complete opposite were to occur! I know ...
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What actually happens when there is not enough oil in a car engine?

When a car is topped up with oil, it clear to most people that you are supposed to fill it to the recommended amount as specified by the manufacturer (normally on a dip stick). What exactly are all ...
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As a consumer, can you buy the “OEM service manual” for your car direct from the manufacturer?

I recently found out you can buy a repair manual for your specific car (in this case Haynes and the repair manual is specific your make/model but spans multiple years). When I went to my car's Haynes ...
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What repairs can a garage do without asking for permission if the car is in for MOT and service?

I recently sent my car to the garage for its MOT and service. It's a 1999 Nissan Almera so I wasn't expecting it to pass without some work being done to it. However, when I got the invoice back it ...
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30K recommended service for honda civic 2013

I have Honda Civic 2013 and have 37K miles on odometer. Haven't done 30K recommended service but i scheduled appointment with dealership. The detail service list is 4 Wheel Brake Service Air Filter ...
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2006 Infiniti G35 - Blown engine following Kwik Kar engine flush

(Apologies in advance for the lengthy post.) Background 2006 Infiniti G35 Coupe, 6-speed manual, 112K miles. I bought the car from a friend when it had about 50k miles. He had the car for the ...