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Minor vs Major Vehicle Service

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Maintaining your vehicle and doing some basic services yourself may seem like a chore and a financial inconvenience, but you have made it your priority to do so, regardless. So, you have done everything you possibly know that is needed to keep your car running smoothly, paying attention to every sound, sight, and smell, as well as doing regular maintenance. You notice that for the past week your vehicle has been performing poorly, however, and you realize that your vehicle is in dire need of a service - but does it need a minor or major service? We believe that it is necessary to differentiate between the two, and that is why we are sharing this tip with you today.

Having your vehicle serviced is inevitable and laid out by your vehicle manufacturers servicing book. It will ensure that any current or potential problems will be fixed and prevented. This will result in better functionality such as handling, cornering, and steering, as well as promising optimal fuel-efficiency and overall better performance. Added benefits are that your vehicle will remain in an outstanding road-worthy condition, which grants safety for the driver, passengers, and other motorists on the road with you, too. It will also maintain your vehicle’s trade value, which serves you best in the long run.

Minor service:

This is a compulsory and general service and inspection that has to be done annually, or according to a certain number of kilometres you have driven. Be sure to follow your vehicle manufacturer’s servicing schedule for minor services, as each vehicle will be different, depending on the model and year. Your trustworthy technician will pop open your hood, inspect your vehicle, and give a diagnosis as well as doing the following:

-Changing oil and oil filter.
-Fuel filter test.
-Inspecting all the fluids, belts, filters, and brakes for any repairs.
-Tyre rotation and tyre-pressure check are the exceptions - some repair shops and technicians will offer this in either a minor or major service.
-Testing your battery to determine its condition. 
-Will check your lights and change any bulbs, plugs, or covers, if needed.
-They will check your antifreeze, brake fluid and power steering fluid levels and top up if needed.
-Change your air filter.

This is just a basic example of what a minor service entails, but every repair shop and technician is different, it is your priority to ensure that they are reputable, professional, and trustworthy.

Major Service:

Your vehicle will need to go in for a major service after every 2-3 minor services, or when something ’major’ is faulty in your vehicle. Your vehicle manufacturing servicing book will give you an indication of when to expect your next major service. The main difference between a minor and a major service is the cost, time, amount of parts and how much labour is needed, which makes a major service much more expensive, lengthy, detailed and throughout. It can include:

-The technician taking your vehicle for a drive around the block to physically inspect and experience any rattle, steering, handling, braking functionally to make an accurate diagnosis for any repair or which part of your vehicle needs attention.
-The technician will also inspect your vehicle carefully for any problems, such as warning lights in the dash, as well as your vehicle’s air conditioning system’s functionality, and replace the air-con filter.
-They will inspect the condition of your brake discs, drums, pads, pads shoes, as well as inspect your brakes for any leaks and repair what is needed.
-Will inspect your cooling system for any leaks and top up the antifreeze if the level is low, as well as flushing it.
-Determine how your handbrake functions.
-Suspension check and repack wheel bearings.
-Check and replace the fan and cam belt if necessary.
-Replace sparkplugs where needed.
-Inspect all the shocks of your vehicle and repair it if it is faulty.
-Balance your wheels (depending on the repair shop and technician)
-Inspect CV joint dust cover and replace and repair.

These are just some basic and regulatory checks, inspections, replacements, and repairs of a common major service. If you notice any irregularity from your vehicle, even if you follow the servicing schedule of your vehicles manufactures servicing book, make sure to get to a mechanic. Don’t ignore your service schedule, as it can cost you more money in the long term.