What is a full car service?

Tuesday 21st July 2020

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What is a full service?

A full service, also known as a master service, is a more comprehensive version of a short service – including all the same tests, but with checks on additional components, too. Here at Formula One Autocentres, our Master Service includes a 40-point check compared to the 20-point Short Service – making a full car service the most detailed check. When teamed with your MOT test too, this is the ultimate way of ensuring car safety and maintenance.

What does a full car service include?

Compared to a short service, otherwise known as an interim service, the full car service includes comprehensive checks such as wheel cylinders, callipers, power steering and gaiters. This test begins with a road test in order to assess steering, clutch and brakes.

The checklist for a full car service is as follows:

  • Road test – tests steering, clutch and brakes
  • Vehicle on floor – checks exterior lights, seat belts, wipers and more
  • Vehicle on ramp – checks wheel bearings, tyre sizes, condition, tread depth and more
  • Service tasks – replacement of oils, air filters, checking brake fluids and more
  • Scheduled service tasks – checks spark plugs, pollen filter replacement internal and more

For a more detailed breakdown of what a car service includes, our detailed guide has you covered – as well as detailed what’s included in a short service.

Which service does my vehicle need?

Now you’ve learnt what a full service is, it’s now important to assess which service your vehicle needs. Typically, you should follow these rules when it comes to deciding which car service to have:

  • Short Service

A short service, or interim service, should be completed every 6,000 miles that your vehicle does, or every 6 months - whichever is sooner.

  • Master Service

A master service, or full service, is recommended to be completed every 12,000 miles that your vehicle does, or every 12 months – again, whichever is sooner.

Learn more about what service your car needs from our informative guide.

Once you’ve decided which service is the right choice for you, book your car service online with our easy booking system. Locate your nearest test centre or get in touch with a member of our expert team for more information on what our full car service includes.

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  • I was exceptionally pleased with how my MOT was carried out, it failed and the staff did everything they could to get the work done very quickly for me, so I could wait for it to be done. I think I was lucky they were not fully booked, but a big shout out to the team at Camberley for getting the work done quickly and the retest done for me within a couple of hours, definitely deserve the 5 star rating.

    - Craig, Camberley - Sep 30, 2020
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    - Leatherhead - Oct 26, 2020
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    - Tunbridge Wells - Jun 15, 2020
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