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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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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5 extra qts of oil in Hustler Z super diesel motor with a Warren cat engine

So while i was servicing our mower today. I spaced on remembering it was 1.5 qts of diesel engine oil. I put in 2. I'm new to servicing my own equipment because the price to service is more than my ...
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Why are shops that do tire shaving and truing so hard to find?

With the number of AWD cars on the road, you'd think that tire shaving and truing would be more popular. But I had to call the manufacturer of the truing machine and obtain a buyer's list to find ...
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My Citroen C3 2010 model has a problem starting all off a sudden

It was due for service and i did not take it in, so immediately when it reached a 1000 km without service it stopped starting. i need to kick start it for me to start it. I'm not sure if its the ...
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Does car service include diagnosing the problem?

I checked that car service checks many different parts like engine oil, filters, lights, brake, etc. I would assume they will tell you if something is not working. But will I be told also why ...
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Engine Flushing

At what mileage is engine flushing recommended for an engine? Some mechanics have told me that it is not needed and others insisted on its importance once the car reaches ~120,000 KM. Cheers.
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Help!!! $500+Tax for two chewed wires [closed]

A Car noob here. I have a Toyota Rav4 model 2014 and I always go to Toyota's service center for my regular maintenance. I know they need to make money so I expect to be ripped off every time I visit ...
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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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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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Caliper Seized First Time Driving After Brake Repair. Whose Fault?

This week, mechanic replaced rear brake pads and rotors after mechanic said they needed replacing. Then, the first time driving it (just a few days after the repair), the rear right tire smelled ...
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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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Land Rover Freelander 2 - Bad MPG

2007 Freelander 2 Was having what I consider bad MPG for a diesel, averaging around 23-24mpg Initially thought it needs a service, so lots of money later for a full service which would have ...
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MotoMaster Eliminator 1400A Booster

I have one question about charger booster. I have MotoMaster Eliminator 1400A Booster bought in 2014. I think its battery is dead, because it does not boost the car even when it is fully charged. Can ...
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2011 Cadillac Escalade Can't Go Over 80

I have a 2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV Premium. When I bought it, the Service Suspension System error was on the dash display. I also learned that you cannot go over 80mph with that error code. It has ...
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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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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 ...
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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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2017 CF MY17 Black Edition - "Routine Maintenance Required"

My 2017 Black Edition Lancer shows this alert every time I start the car. It's been doing this for a few days now. The service sticker says next service at 17,000km; I'm only halfway there. What ...
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Checking service history i.e. full service not mot

For any vehicle 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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How to perfectly service a car yourself

I have serviced my Honda Jazz 2007 model for the last year now. Basically: every 10,000km, I replace the oil, oil filter, air filter and air-conditioning filter. Every 50,000km or so, I replace the ...
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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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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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Oil change VOLVO S60 D4

I have an S60 volvo D4. The local service performs a general service every 20K and a small service only for oil change in the middle of that period, that is in 10K. Does the only for oil service ...
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Pay for labor on manufacturer replacement of engine? [closed]

We have a 2012 Kia Soul that is part of the recent recall for engine gas temperature possibly causing damage to the catalytic converter and engine. I have been fighting with the dealership and Kia to ...
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Pick up slowed after service in bike

After recent service of my bike Suzuki GSXR, its acceleration reduced the difference I can feel every-time. It has 30000 km only & it was regularly serviced with no major changes to machine. How ...
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Apparent duplicates between Haynes service instructions and MOT

I'm trying to do more of my own servicing for my car, following the suggested service schedule in the appropriate Haynes manual. However, I've noticed some of the suggested checks in the Haynes manual ...
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When should the first servicing be done for honda activa 5g?

I have purchased my activa 2 weeks back. I wanted to know when the first servicing should be done. Any other maintenance tips would be most welcome.
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Proper pressure for run-flats on Mini Cooper

I have custom rims and Kumho 205/45/RF17 run-flats on my 2007 R56 Mini Cooper S (not convertible), and the tire pressure light came on. I checked, and indeed one of the tires was low (around 29 psi) ...
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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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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 do Lojacks work? Are there alternatives?

So I was at a dealership recently and of course they advertised the typical Lojack. No doubt I feel these things are useful but it seems the price actually fluctuates (one dealership was selling to me ...
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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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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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What is the recommended interval change a Holden Barina timing belt?

It's a 2009 Holden Barina TK with 44,000 km on the clock. The mechanic is recommending that it's time to change the timing belt, but it seems to soon to me for such a costly procedure. When I've had ...
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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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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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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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Easily serviceable/maintenance cars

I really want to get a little bit more familiar with whatever is going on under the bonnet, so I thought to buy an old car to conduct my experiments on it. What I had in mind - is trying basic ...
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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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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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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 ...