A motor vehicle service or tune-up is a series of maintenance procedures carried out at a set time interval or after the vehicle has travelled a certain distance.  A complete service history usually adds to the resale value of a vehicle.

There isn’t a single set service that applies to all cars. It honestly depends on your car, it’s status and the deals offered by the various garages.

Each car has its own servicing schedule- usually enclosed within the manual pack- and this should be followed in order to keep your vehicle at optimum performance and to ensure it lasts as long as possible.

Types of Car Service

Interim Service

An interim service is the most basic level of car service which will get you a stamp in your service book and the car’s service clock reset, if applicable. The oil and oil filter will be changed, some additional safety checks will be made and some moving parts will be lubricated.

Full Service

A full service includes all the same tests in the interim service, in addition to an further 29 points of interest. Typically included will be top ups of the brake fluid and antifreeze, more brake checks, inspection of the engine, wheel bearings and shock absorbers and replacement of pollen filters/inspection of the air conditioning system are usually included too.

Car service checklist

Type of Service Essential Car Care Interim Service Full Service
When As often as required 6 months or 6,000 miles 12 months or 12,000 miles
Vehicle Interior
Check instruments, gauges, warning lights
Check horn
Check windscreen wipers
Check Adblue/Eolys warning light
Check interior lights
Check clutch operation (manual only)
Check seat belts
Reset service light
Check climate control/ air con system
Check engine diagnostic codes
Vehicle Exterior
Check exterior lights & lamps
Check doors – operation and condition
Check boot – operation and condition
Check fuel cap – operation and condition
Check mirrors – operation and condition
Pre Alignment Check
Check steering, suspension linkages and ball joints for wear, damage and condition
Suspension – check shock absorbers & springs
Full tyre inspection (tread, pressure and alignment check)
TPMS inspection
Under the bonnet 
Check battery
Check battery wiring
Test electrics (battery, alternator, starter motor)
Check coolant level (strength and condition)
Check brake fluid (boiling point and condition)
Check bonnet catch operation
Check brake pipes & hoses
Check power steering fluid & top up (if required)
Check auxiliary drive belt and adjust (if required)
Check radiator and coolant hoses
Under the Vehicle
Visual brake check
Full brake inspection
Check fuel pipes for routing, damage & corrosion
Check engine, transmission and rear axle Train Drive
Check drive shaft joints and gaiters for wear and damage
Check exhaust system and mountings
Service Item Replacement
Replace engine oil and filter
Top up windscreen washer fluid
Replace fuel filter (diesel vehicles)
Replace air filter
Final Checks
Vehicle road test
Stamp service book

 Maintenance Checklist

Monthly Maintenance Tasks

  • Check the tire pressure
  • Check the oil level (high-mileage oil is recommended)
  • Check the coolant level
  • Clean the backup camera lens

Every 3,000 Miles Maintenance Tasks

  • Change the oil and replace the oil filter
  • Check the washer fluid level
  • Add fuel injector cleaner to fuel

Every Six Months Maintenance

  • Check the power steering fluid level
  • Wax the car to extend the life of the paint and to prevent rust

Every 5,000 Miles Maintenance

Adjust the clutch if a manual transmission (some are self-adjusting)

Every 10,000 Miles Maintenance

  • Inspect the belts
  • Rotate the tires

 Maintenance to Perform Every Year for Your High-Mileage Vehicle

  • Inspect the brakes
  • Inspect the hoses and clamps
  • Clean the battery connections
  • Check the brake fluid level
  • Check the manual transmission fluid
  • Check the coolant strength
  • Back-flush the radiator from the engine side with a garden hose
  • Rinse off the air conditioner condenser
  • Buff the plastic headlight assembly, if dull, to maintain good visibility.

Every 30,000 Miles Maintenance

  • Replace the spark plugs. Some are designed to last up to 100,000 miles, so check to see what kind you have and when it will be due.
  • Replace the distributor cap and rotor (if applicable)
  • Inspect the spark plug wires (if applicable)
  • Change the transmission fluid
  • Replace the oxygen sensors (for vehicles manufactured late 1970’s to early 1990’s)
  • Inspect the shocks for leaks and perform bounce test
  • Replace the PCV valve
  • Clean the throttle body

Every Two Years Maintenance Items

  • Flush the coolant system
  • Check the battery electrolyte level

Every 40,000 Miles Maintenance

Replace the fuel filter

Every 60,000 Miles Maintenance

  • Replace the air filter
  • Change the automatic transmission fluid
  • Inspect the brakes
  • Inspect the accessory drive belts
  • Replace the timing belt
  • Have the front end alignment inspected and checked

 Every 80,000 Miles Maintenance

Inspect the U-joints

Every 100,000 Miles Maintenance

  • Replace the oxygen sensors (for vehicles manufactured after mid-1990’s)
  • Replace the rear axle lubricant


Increased Driving Safety

The surest way of keeping your vehicle in a good condition is by having it serviced regularly. Otherwise, it is hard to predict when your car can let you down, and it could risk your safety. As part of regular car maintenance, from a simple check on your tyres to your ignition system can increase your safety while driving.

If your car is older than 3 years old, legally you are required to get your car tested for road worthiness, known as the MoT (Ministry of Transport) testing. If you get your car serviced and maintained regularly, your vehicle is not very likely to fail the MoT testing either.

Boost Performance and Enhance Fuel Economy

For a lot of people, changing the driving style and the regular vehicle servicing and maintenance are two of the easiest ways to improve the fuel economy. According to the research, as a driver, you are very likely to see a 10 to 15 per cent enhancement in your fuel economy.

A superior car runs in a superior way and showcases outstanding performance. Regular servicing (in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines) will ensure that every part of your car runs in the most efficient way. Obviously this will not only boost the performance of your car but it will certainly improve the fuel consumption as well

Extended lifespan of the car

Another benefit of regular vehicle servicing and maintenance is that it extends the lifespan of your car too. No wonder why all the warranty policies ask you to get your vehicle regularly serviced and maintained.

However, it is important to keep 2 things in mind in relation to the servicing and maintenance of your vehicle:

  1. You have to get the servicing and the maintenance carried out by qualified mechanics.
  2. The repairs ought to be carried out in accordance with the recommended guidelines from the vehicle manufacturer.


Total Mileage 10000kms 20000kms 30000kms 40000kms 50000kms 60000kms
Type of Service Regular Major Regular Major Regular Major
Estimated Cost $253 $368 $253 $368 $253 $368


Regular Maintenance of Vehicles, help in increasing the lifespan of the vehicle and also increases the safety on the road.


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