Servicing

Car servicing proactively maintains your cars life, reducing the risk of a breakdown or mechanical failure. Even if it is irregular, it can still help maintain your car’s value. At AMS we provide a range of affordable car service packages to suit your vehicle’s needs. The servicing is carried out by highly trained service technicians and we only use car-parts that match the quality of the manufacturer’s original equipment.

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How Often Should I Have A Car Service?

As a rule, it is recommended that your car receives a full service every 12,000 miles or every 12 months – whichever comes sooner.

How Do I Know If My Car Needs Servicing?

Check your vehicle logbook to see when you last received a servicing stamp. The vehicle manufacturer will suggest an appropriate interval or number of miles travelled until your next recommended service in your handbook and many modern cars feature on-board computers which keep track of when your car service is due.

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What Is A Car Service?

A car service is a vehicle inspection that keeps your car in a reliable, safe and fully functioning condition based on guidelines set out by the vehicle manufacturer. The service schedule will recommend specific checks and replacement parts including a car oil change at certain intervals.

Stage 1: Road Test

Check steering for pull, vibration and travel
Check clutch for slip or judder
Check brakes for pull or judder

Stage 2: 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, adjust washer jets if required 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
Check / top up power steering reservoir (if applicable)

Stage 3: Vehicle On Ramp

Check and report Wheel Alignment or Geometry
Check steering gaiters, joints and dust covers
Check prop shaft, 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 including 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 wheel cylinders, callipers and adjusters
Check handbrake linkages
Check exhaust system
Check any items reported by customer

Stage 4: 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 MIN -20
Check battery condition and grease terminals if accessible
Lubricate accessible door hinges
Lubricate bonnet catch

Stage 5: 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

And finally…

Stage 6: Road Test

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