Vehicle service: Important maintenance:
Many people are uncertain about the concepts of an oil change (minor service) and an inspection service (major service). They ask the questions: what does it include? And when is the service due?
Here at VAG Spec Centre Zeerust it’s our priority to make sure that your vehicle service is taken care of!
In the older days the term “major service” and “minor service” were more popular due to the fact that the technicians compared the different labour hours of different jobs and they named it according to the duration of the work.
An inspection service must be done every 30 000 km. It includes the replacement of the engine oil, oil filter, air filter, cabin filter, fuel filter, spark plugs, sump plug and an inspection of the vehicle to identify any other faults or problems.
An oil change service must be done every 15 000 km. It includes the replacement of the engine oil, oil filter, sump plug and an inspection of the vehicle to identify any other faults or problems. We sometimes replace the air filter as well in an oil change service, depending on its condition.
In the modern vehicles there are service indicators indicating an “oil inspection” when it comes closer to the due date of a service on your vehicle. It will also indicate how many kilometres are left before the service is due.
What happens when you skip a vehicle service ?
Firstly, a lack of engine oil or even dirty engine oil will lead to extreme engine wear. The engine will start to grind and seize up, eventually causing the stalling of the vehicle. The first symptom of an engine without engine oil is overheating due to the parts that rub against each other.
The oil filter helps remove contaminants from the engine oil. If the oil were left unfiltered for a period of time, it could become saturated with tiny hard particles that can wear the surface of your engine. When the oil filter needs to be replaced there would be warnings like: the engine oil light will be visible, oil dripping from the filter and lower oil pressure than normal.
The air filter allows your vehicle’s engine to get clean air and plays an important role in the combustion process. The air filter prevents airborne contaminants, such as dirt, dust and leaves from getting pulled into your car’s engine and damaging it. The cabin filter (pollen filter) also has a similar purpose than the air filter. The role of the cabin filter is to prevent dust, pollen and other pollutants from entering your car through the air conditioning and air vents.
The fuel filter screens out dirt and rusted particles from the fuel, normally made into cartridges containing a filter paper. The following symptoms can be identified when the fuel filter is dirty: difficult start due to a clogged filter, shaky idling and cutting out of the vehicle.
Spark plugs supply the spark that ignites the air/fuel mixture, creating the explosion which makes your engine produce power. Faulty spark plugs can cause the following: lack of acceleration, reduction of gas mileage, hard starts, engine misfiring and rough idling.
The sump plug is a bolt at the base of the sump pan that can be unscrewed and allows the oil to be drained. The sump plug can easily be damaged by loose debris or speed bumps, causing the leakage of oil.
It is very important to never skip a service on your vehicle, for it can have consequences and leaving you driving with a risk. Trust your VW and Audi specialists at VAG Spec Centre Zeerust.
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