Cars need repairs regardless of how often you have them serviced. It can be anything from a simple problem with an easy answer, to a complex issue with an unidentifiable source. At Spark Auto, we ensure your car gets what it needs in order to help keep it safe and fun to drive.
Here are the points that make up the services, and which type of services they apply to.
Drain engine oil and refill.
Special or synthetic oils are subject to additional charge.
Replace oil filter.
Check for excessive oil leaks.
Check for timing belt (cambelt) replacement interval and report if replacement due according to mileage or age.
Check radiator condition.
Check coolant cap seals.
Check coolant hoses for leaks and condition and security.
Check electric cooling fan for operation where applicable.
Check condition and tension of fan or alternator belt. Adjust or report on condition.
Check condition and adjust auxiliary drive belts if required (excluding cambelt).
Replace air filter.
Report if spark plugs are due to be changed according to mileage. An additional charge applies for the supply of plugs and fitment.
Check and record antifreeze strength and minimum temperature and top up coolant as required.
Drain out cooling system and replace coolant to correct specification.
Replace spark plugs for petrol engines only. An additional charge applies for platinum or long life plugs.
Check condition and security of undertray.
Check fuel cap seal condition.
Check visual condition of fuel lines.
Replace fuel filter (if fitted and external from fuel tank).
Check for correct clutch operation.
Check for correct gearbox operation.
Check and top up clutch fluid where applicable.
Check drive shaft gaitors for security and report leaks.
Grease prop/shaft if applicable.
Check and top up axle and/or transaxle oil if applicable.
Top up gearbox fluid where applicable and not sealed.
Check operation of exterior lights.
Check diesel heater plug indicator operation where fitted.
Check battery security and lubricate terminals.
Check battery condition and print results.
Top up battery/non-sealed units only.
Check dashboard warning lights.
Visual inspection of HT (high tension) leads.
Test effectiveness of starter motor.
Test alternator charging rate - check security.
Steering & Suspension
Check and top up power steering reservoir where applicable.
Check steering and suspension components for wear and corrosion.
Check steering rack gaiters condition.
Check wheel bearings for excessive play or roughness.
Carry out shock absorber bounce test.
Grease steering and suspension where applicable.
Inspect exhaust system (including catalyst if fitted) for leaks, security and noise.
Visual check for exhaust smoke.
Check brake pads for wear or damage.
Check brake callipers for leaks and security.
Check service brake shoes for wear or damage - clean and adjust if required (excludes internal handbrake shoes).
Inspect operation of wheel cylinders and report any leaks.
Visually check brake hydraulic system, pipes and hoses for any leaks, chafing and corrosion.
Check security of handbrake linkages and travel. Lubricate and adjust if required.
Check brake discs and drums for wear, cracks, corrosion and scoring or pitting (excluding internal drums).
Check brake fluid level and top up if required.
Check brake servo operation.
Carry out brake fluid boil test and record readings.
Replace brake fluid and bleed system.
Tyres and Wheels
Remove road wheels.
Check tyre size and whether tyre is fitted to side wall instructions.
Check tyre condition and tread depth (including spare).
Check and adjust tyre pressures (including spare).
Set wheel nut torque to manufacturer's settings.
Check wheels for correct balance (including spare).
Check windscreen wiper condition and operation.
Check rear wiper condition and operation (if fitted).
Check windscreen washer operations, align jets and top up if required.
Check windscreen for chips and cracks.
Check mirror condition (interior and exterior).
Check number plate condition.
Advise if cabin filter is required according to age/mileage recommendations and last change.
Check seatbelts - front and rear including lap belt.
Check operation of all external door locks.
Lubricate accessible door hinges (with white grease).
Reset vehicle service light where applicable (subject to data and tooling availability).
Conduct road test.
Lubricate bonnet catch.
Stamp service book (indicating a Halfords Autocentres Menu Service has been carried out).