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The point of servicing any vehicle is to replace consumables that have a limited lifetime: oils (usually engine oil, but there could be other) filters spark plugs brake pads (very important!) miscellaneous (depending on vehicle it could be: timing belt, gaskets, hoses, cables) Apart from these there are other parts that are not necessarily part of the ...


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tl dr: To improve the useful life of your vehicle. While vehicles seem to be lasting longer, there still isn't a perfect machine out there: they all need maintenance of some sort or another if you expect them to live a long and healthy life. There are three major purposes to having your vehicle serviced: Longevity: If you want to get the most out of your ...


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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, if necessary, in my own time before the MOT check, reducing the risk of it failing. Otherwise, if you don't know about a fault until it's picked up on the MOT ...


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The UK annual vehicle test (the MOT) is purely to verify that the vehicle is safe to run on the roads and is not going to cause an accident or extra damage... so the tyres have tread / the brakes and steering function to an acceptable level / the engine does not produce excessive amounts of emissions / the windows can be seen through / there are no sharp ...


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Clearly servicing an engine will allow it to do a lot more miles before it wears out. For example old oil does not protect the engine well. However in the UK the maths get interesting….. As most “basic” cars much over 5 years old has a low replacement cost and very few people drive more than 20K miles a year (most people with older cars drive closer to ...


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Let's pick one example of a component that doesn't feature in the inspection* , but is worth servicing at the recommended intervals. The timing belt . This is the belt which drives the camshaft, which in turn opens the valves on the engine's cylinders at the right time. If this component fails, the pistons will collide with the valves and the entire engine ...


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This is an excellent procedure that will cause no damage. We have used several versions of it for years with no ill effects. For most transmissions draining only removes 1/2 to 1/3 of the total volume. It does not hurt anything for two reasons: 1 The trans is under no load. The clutches have no torque load applied so they have no reason to slip. 2 ...


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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 at least inconvenience you if it goes wrong. Catching an oil leak before your engine seizes up can save you huge money, catching a brake line that's worn or ...


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They should be; doing so thoroughly impregnates the surface with oil. If you simply assemble it dry, then oil will have a hard time getting to some of the friction plate surfaces so they'll run dry or nearly dry until the clutch has been used a number of times, and during that interval the clutch is likely to wear much faster than normal.


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Either change oil and filter at 12,000 miles Or change oil and filter at 12,000 miles and change oil at 6,000 miles. I too have a car with a hard-to-reach oil filter and routinely go for the latter, changing filter very 24k km and oil every 12k km. Rationale: in almost all cars oil pump is volumetric, gear type. This means that the amount of oil ...


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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 an older car, anywhere should be able to do it. The alternative is to buy a Haynes or similar manual, some basic tools and do it yourself. You're best of doing ...


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The best way is by personal reference from someone you know and trust. Since you know the person and are likely to continue your relationship with them, they really don't have any reason to be less than completely honest with their assessment of the mechanic's services.


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In general, the easiest way to drain coolant from systems like these is to disconnect the lowest fitting between the coolant hose and the engine block and let the coolant just drain out. Usually, it's near the bottom of the block itself, so it shouldn't be hard to reach from underneath the vehicle.


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I'm not positive how the Jaguar system runs, but would assume the service light comes on when the time period has elapsed, and is then reset by the technician. If you take it in for service and have the maintenance done on it, the technician should reset it and the light should not come on for another year from that point. Ask your tech to reset the computer ...


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Servicing usually applies to the replacement of items which are consumable or have a limited life and need to be routinely replaced at regular intervals, including things like lubricants and filters there may also be a few parts which might need to be replaced at much longer intervals such as timing belts, oil seals and wheel bearings. Generally a routine ...


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The short answer to your question is that having a car serviced and well maintained regularly will make the car last longer. Also less major things will go wrong if you get the little things done on your car that they recommend. To your question about it being a scam it depends on the person some people will rip you off because they know you don't know about ...


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The guidelines are "which ever comes first." So in your case, you'd need to do it at 6-months, not at 7,500 miles. Yes, if you do not follow these instructions, you do run the chance of voiding your warranty, but that really depends on the manufacturer and what they will allow. Some are a little easier than others, but they give you a maintanence schedule ...


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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 easy sell. Often times the recommended service is not even performed and the buyer is none the wiser. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-avpx8UTakI To avoid ...


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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 plugs air filters etc. The specific interval for a given item will be specified by the manufacturer and tends to cover things which are not expected to last ...


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I can confirm you can still get the parts for this engine. Mann is the original filter manufacturer and their part numbers are as follows: Air Filter: C33156 Oil Filter: W7053 or (rarely) W712/8 Fuel Filter: P716 or (rarely) P 725x Cabin Filter: CU2861 Just give those part numbers to any good motor factors and they will get them. Peugeot will also be ...


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Checking anything is completely pointless, as an end in itself. The only point in checking things is that you fix them if necessary. The optimum situation is actually to be checking the condition of the vehicle 100% of the time you are driving it. If something sound strange or feels strange, or an instrument doesn't read the same as it usually does, ...


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Perhaps it depends on the characteristics of the particular AWD system... Some are, or have been, known to have an issue with differing diameters, others are more tolerant. If the numbers are too small, then shops will not invest in very expensive equipment that only gets used a few times per year, as it will not pay for itself. Obviously they cannot ...


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If you don´t have a service history you should expect to have to do a full service. You didn´t state your exact model. I suppose you have a timing chain - if not the most important thing would be to check the belt and change it if any doubt. If it has a chain, VW had some problems with those - see if your´s runs ok. Then the usual things like: Oil Oil ...


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This isn't a direct answer, but I'm certain somebody makes a "remote" oil filter arrangement to relocate the actual filter element. This really isn't anything more than a filter substitute housing, with some Aeroquip braided lines to bring it somewhere more convenient. This would also allow you to use an advanced filter like an Oberg unit with a washable ...


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If you plan on changing the filter at the recommended interval and changing the oil more frequently that will be fine. Perhaps, if changing the filter is that difficult, it would be worth getting it changed by a shop... I went the opposite route when I was using Mobil 1 5W:50 oil : I changed the filter twice as often and doubled the mileage on the oil.


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This is a difficult question, but from an "honest" mechanic's persepective, I'll say this: You can have the job done quickly, correctly, or inexpensively. Pick any two.


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Sounds perfect. I would add an inspection of your tires every 6 months. You don't have to replace them every 6 months. It's just that if they're older than 3 years and they're of the "budget" variety, they may get brittle. Just have a quick look for cracks on the sidewall and feel for flat spots or bulges. Something many people overlook is the effect of the ...


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