SCHED­ULES: IG­NORE OR FOL­LOW?

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Servicing from Home -

To find out your car’s main­te­nance needs, start with the of­fi­cial man­u­fac­turer’s ad­vice, con­tained within the owner’s pack. Be aware that cer­tain op­er­a­tions, no­tably en­gine oil changes, may have been set to re­duce fleet man­agers’ costs. For ex­am­ple, many diesel pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle ser­vice in­ter­vals are of­fi­cially rec­om­mended at 20,000 miles, or two years, whereas an an­nual 10,000-mile ser­vice can in­crease the longevity of a ve­hi­cle, as well as iden­tify any po­ten­tial prob­lems be­fore they es­ca­late into ei­ther an ex­pen­sive re­pair, a break­down, or a safety is­sue.

For peace of mind, we rec­om­mend halv­ing the of­fi­cial man­u­fac­turer ser­vice sched­ule, where pos­si­ble. Most main­te­nance tasks are re­ally care­ful checks that, if any is­sues are dealt with early enough, might save you money. Ex­tend­ing a ser­vice in­ter­val is false econ­omy. A clogged air fil­ter (pictured) will in­crease fuel con­sump­tion, for ex­am­ple.

Con­sider also in­vest­ing in a work­shop man­ual. Haynes Publishing pro­duces an au­thor­i­ta­tive range of man­u­als, cov­er­ing many pop­u­lar makes and mod­els, or else there may be a down­load­able ver­sion at eman­u­alon­line.com.

Some peo­ple pre­fer to con­sult their ipads, although ex­er­cise cau­tion over 'How To' videos, posted on plat­forms such as Youtube, un­less you can ver­ify the com­pe­tence of the on-screen pre­sen­ter. For this rea­son, Haynes launched its On­de­mand ser­vice of in­struc­tional videos, many of which are avail­able free of charge.

Search also on­line for own­ers’ clubs, whose mem­bers can of­fer in­valu­able prac­ti­cal ad­vice on tech­ni­cal mat­ters and an­swer spe­cific queries.

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