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Apparent duplicates between Haynes service instructions and MOT

Duplicating checks isn't a bad thing. I, personally, check everything (or at least, all that I can without specialist equipment) that the MOT checks, for one very simple reason - I can then fix it, ...
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Dealership's service dept drove my car 19 km

I see this completely normal and not a cause of concern. The service advisor's explanation is certainly a valid reason, but they could have needed to drive the car for a total of 19kms for many ...
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Renewed brake pads

German here. The word "erneuert" always means that something has been replaced. The only remarkable exception is a "runderneuerter Reifen" i.e. a retreaded tire, though... even here something has ...
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How to perfectly service a car yourself

The first place to look is your car handbook - somewhere near the back should be the service schedule, which will list which things need to be checked on each service. Usually a big table with the ...
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Should I have run out of engine oil?

A liter or two of oil in nine months might be a lot, or it might be quite normal. It really depends on the condition of the engine and how and how much you drive the car. The engine is continually ...
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MOT in UK, is there a tolerance time when the MOT is expired?

Firstly, you can have it done 1 month before the expiry date, minus 1 day and you will still preserve the full length of your MOT. This is done for convenience and to allow time for repairs. I always ...
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How to determine if manual transmission fluid has to be changed?

tl dr: Unless you have a leak somewhere in your manual transmission, leave it alone and don't worry about it. If you look at the maintenance schedule for Hondas, you'll find there's no schedule for ...
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Car battery - Disconnected just positive while doing work

Ah yes, those pesky little battery terminals. They ain't the same. The one labelled "+" (usually red) is connected to everything electrical in the car, while the one labelled "-" (usually black), only ...
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Buying a car without a service history?

This is something like buying a large farm at a great price with just one glitch: the owner tells you there may be a couple landmines hidden on the property somewhere. With this amount of lack of ...
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Service intervals of different cars

Finding information on the service required: call a dealer and ask them. Look online at forums. Etc. How to tell if it's been neglected, that's the more important part of your question IMO. You ...
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Error Stabilization Control (ESC)/ ABS warning shown on my car dashboard

Many modern cars have advanced traction control systems which aim to prevent a loss of control, most of these operate by adding computer control to each individual brake, with a central computer using ...
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Is failing to change brake fluid a life safety issue?

YES. A big Y-E-S. It's a huge safety issue. See, braking fluid absorbs(even attracts) water over time, not so much over usage, if at all. Brake fluid gets really hot, even more under sustained braking ...
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Is it typical for a shop to charge extra for labor if you bring your own parts?

Being a small shop owner, when customers bring in their own parts we lose money on the job. A lot of shops give the honest ones a bad name. The major chains always charge an arm and a leg, but when ...
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Have my tyres been tampered with?

Take the left side wheels off, bolt them on backwards, and turn the car upside down... Seriously, @spicetraders nailed this in the comment. the US DOT date codes [WeekWeekYearYear] are only hot-...
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Apparent duplicates between Haynes service instructions and MOT

The MOT is there to make sure your car is "roadworthy", i.e. safe to drive. It's done once a year, which means there's 364 days when something can go wrong that could kill you if it's not caught, or ...
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What's a reasonable time for doing a one person brake bleed?

It can definitely be done faster, but that's a matter of experience. A vacuum cannister doesn't help me much, i always use this constuction and it has worked perfectly for me: It's the most ...
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Understanding Car Servicing for a second hand car

I would always service a second hand car which is new to me so I knew the condition. You don't need to use a specific Peugeot garage, you may find an independent garage cheaper and for servicing on ...
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How can I know if a TSB has been applied to my vehicle?

To the second question: How can I figure out if the TSB applies? If it does apply, how can I find out for myself if the reprogramming has been done or not? Apart from experiencing the fault ...
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As a consumer, can you buy the "OEM service manual" for your car direct from the manufacturer?

For a Toyota, you can get the same service manuals that the dealers use, manuals produced by Toyota, online: https://techinfo.toyota.com/
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How to Tell No MOT Advisory Notes?

The owner does not post the reports or results of the mot on the gov website - it comes from the testing station and the tester. The tester may be able to exercise their judgement about posting ...
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Can I get my service elsewhere?

If the contract for take back or buyout specifies service then you need to follow that. Generally, however, this just needs to be a Renault franchise service centre. They all have to adhere to ...
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Do cars have a specific brake and power steering fluid or are they universal?

Vehicle manufacturers have a specification for all of their fluids and it should be in the owners manual. Many vehicles do share similar specifications for power steering and brake fluid, but it is ...
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How to service a vehicles electrical system?

Well, not much, but things to check include: 1) battery terminals - clean, tight and some protection ie petroleum jelly works well on lead/acid batteries 2) all cables (easily visible) are not ...
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Do we have to use the car daily, before the first one month service?

There's no reason to do this. While it's true that the more you drive the sooner you will discover some problems it's not worth the time and money. Remember that your car will be under warranty for ...
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2006 Infiniti G35 - Blown engine following Kwik Kar engine flush

I doubt you'll ever see this considering how old this post is, but for anyone that happened to run across this post I'll add my two cents. First off never let any of these quick lube places do ...
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What actually happens when there is way too much oil in a car engine?

This is strictly theoretical (aka I could be completely wrong), but if an engine is literally filled to the brim as you described, very little damage would occur. Depending on the type of engine, ...
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Renewed brake pads

Renewing is typically a term used to state that something has been returned to "new" condition. In your case, this would lead me to believe the pads and rotors were replaced with new. Only problem is,...
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Understanding Car Servicing for a second hand car

Generally speaking servicing means replacing consumable items after a specified interval (either miles, years or both) this can include things like engine oil, oil and fuel filters, brake fluid, spark ...
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What are the most common recommended "scam" repairs/maintenance?

This video shows some top scam shops in action. The theme seems to be that it doesn't really matter what service you recommend, if the buyer is not familiar with what is being recommended it can be an ...
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How to know if the brakes are rear/front or diagonally split?

Edit: My answer was written from memory and was incorrect. Front/rear split systems remain in use to this day, mainly for rear-wheel-drive vehicles. Best advice is to consult the manual on brake bleed ...
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