What does a car service include?

Thursday 13th December 2018



Here at Formula One Autocentres, we offer two types of car service: Master Service and Short Service.

We recommend that a Master Service is completed every 12,000 miles or every 12 months (whichever comes first) and a Short Service is completed every 6,000 miles or every 6 months. To help you keep track, why not sign up to our handy reminder service. We'll remind you of your key motoring dates via email or SMS.

We break our Master Service down in to four categories: Road Test, Vehicle On Floor, Vehicle On Ramp and Service Tasks. Our servicing is carried out by fully trained technicians using only parts that match the quality of the manufacturer's original equipment. We'll also stamp your service logbook so that your vehicle's service history is maintained.

What's included in a Short Service?

Our Short Service includes oil and oil filter changes, fluid level checks and top ups and a variety of vehicle condition checks both on floor and on ramp.

Vehicle On Floor

  • Check exterior lights operation
  • Check wipers condition and operation
  • Check front washer operation and top up
  • Check rear washer and wiper for condition and operation
  • Check condition and tension of fan / aux. belt where visible
  • Check instrument panel for warning lights and report

Vehicle On Ramp

  • Check and report Wheel Alignment or Geometry
  • Check wheel bearings for excessive play or noise
  • Check tyres size, condition, tread depth and fitment included spare
  • Check shock absorbers and spring condition (where visible)
  • Check all road wheels for correct balance (including spare)
  • Check and adjust tyre pressures (including spare)
  • Check condition of brake pads and shoes
  • Check condition of brake discs and drums
  • Check exhaust system

Service Tasks

  • Replace engine oil and engine oil filter
  • Check coolant level and top up if required
  • Check brake fluid level and top up if required
  • Check anti-freeze strength (minimum of 20)

Road Test

  • Road test

What's included in a Master Service?

The 40-Point Master Service is a more comprehensive inspection of the vehicle than a 20-Point Short Service and includes checking the battery and timing belt plus maintenance of spark plugs, pollen and air filters, bonnet and door catches. The Master Service also checks the condition of steering-related items such as wheel cylinders, callipers, adjusters, power steering and gaiters. It also starts with a road test to assess the steering, clutch and brakes first-hand.

Road Test

  • Check steering for pull/vibration/travel
  • Check clutch for slip/judder
  • Check brakes for pull/judder

Vehicle on floor

  • Check exterior lights operation
  • Check seat belts (excluding any child seats if fitted and report)
  • Check wipers condition and operation
  • Check front washer operation and top up (adjust washer jets if required)
  • Check rear washer and wiper for condition and operation
  • Check condition and tension of fan / auxiliary belt where visible
  • Check instrument panel for warning lights and report
  • Check / top up power steering reservoir (if applicable)

Vehicle on ramp

  • Check and report Wheel Alignment or Geometry
  • Check steering gaiters, joints and dust covers
  • Check propshaft, suspension joints and grease nipples where fitted
  • Check wheel bearings for excessive play or noise
  • Check inner and outer driveshaft gaiters
  • Check tyres size, condition, tread depth, and fitment included spare
  • Check clutch operation and top up fluid if applicable
  • Check shock absorbers and spring condition (where visible)
  • Check all road wheels for correct balance (including spare)
  • Check and adjust tyre pressures (including spare)
  • Check condition of brake pads and shoes
  • Check condition of brake discs and drums
  • Check condition of brake discs and drums
  • Check handbrake linkages
  • Check exhaust system
  • Check any items reported by customer

Service Tasks

  • Replace engine oil and engine oil filter
  • Replace air filter
  • Check coolant level and top up if required
  • Check brake fluid level and top up if required
  • Check anti-freeze strength (minimum of 20)
  • Check battery condition and grease terminals if accessible
  • Lubricate accessible door hinges
  • Lubricate bonnet catch

Scheduled Service Tasks

  • Check for timing belt replacement interval and report if due according to mileage or age
  • Check for Pollen Filter replacement interval and report if due according to mileage or age
  • Report if Spark Plugs are due to be changed according to mileage or age
  • Reset vehicle service light where applicable / subject to data and tooling availability

Is it time for your car's next service? Why not book a service online here at Formula One Autocentres, Or simply call in to your local Formula One Autocentre and we'll happily help. We won't carry out any extra work without your approval.

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  • I am really impressed at the service here, the guys are lovely and really helpful! Had a tyre replaced and balanced and my car feels great! Really quick too! Really awesome! Thanks

    - Rachael, St Helens - Jun 4, 2019
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    - Marcus, Leatherhead - May 20, 2019
  • Manager had a staffing problem, but still managed to get my car serviced on the day. Much appreciated!

    - Richard, Grantham - Jun 12, 2019
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