What do we do when we carry out a logbook service to your vehicle?
- Load test battery
- Carry out light check
- Check wipers
- Pressure test cooling system
- Check coolant consistency
- Check and top up fluids as required
- Check condition of auxiliary belts
- Check tyre condition & tread wear
- Check condition of front brakes
- Check condition of rear brakes
- Check handbrake and adjust if required
- Check suspension components & under body
- Rotate tyres & adjust tyre pressures
- Carry out vehicle mechanical & safety check
- Replace engine oil, oil filter and any other service items scheduled
- Road test vehicle and carry out final checks
- Stamp logbook & change windscreen sticker
- Clear service light if applicable
Why should I get a logbook service?
A logbook service could not be more important! Having your vehicle routinely serviced can have many positive effects such as;
*Extending the life of your engine.
*Reducing how much fuel your car consumes.
*Identifying & rectifying safety concerns before they become dangerous.
*Preventing moving parts from wearing out prematurely.
*Helps to maintain the vehicle to make registering your vehicle less stressful.
*Increases the resale values of your car.
What can happen if I don’t have a logbook service or interim service for an extended period of time?
You may not realise you have developed an oil leak and the engine oil level may be low or even empty (this would have been picked up during a logbook service). This can cause serious damage, to the vehicle’s head gasket or pistons. We’ve even come across cars that needed new engines. A logbook service could have stopped this before the extremely costly damage occurred.
A logbook service schedule is created for a reason. It is created based on the estimated life expectancy of certain parts, the estimated time for contamination & debris to build up & the estimated time that a fluid can effectively maintain lubrication. Some logbook service scheduled items include but are not limited to the following;
Engine oil, oil filters, spark plugs, fuel filters, fuel pumps, air filters, cabin filters, valve clearances, brake fluid, clutch fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, transmission filter kits, front differential oil, rear differential, transfer case oil, auxiliary drive belts, pulleys, tensioners, timing belts, upper engine clean, fuel additive.
What is the main purpose of each of the items that are scheduled in your logbook service?
Engine oil lubricates the engine internally, reduces friction & deterioration on moving parts & cleans and build up of sludge/contamination.
Oil Filters assist in removing contamination from your car’s engine oil that can build up overtime and detrimentally wear surfaces in your engine.
Spark plugs supply the much needed spark that ignites the air/fuel mixture that in turn gives your engine power.
Fuel filters catch unwanted contamination such as dirt & rust particles that can cause major damaged to your car’s fuel system. This is especially important when it comes to current modern vehicle as they have only a small tolerance for contamination in their fuel systems.
Fuel Pumps are responsible for transferring fuel from the fuel tank to the engine at the required pressure.
Air Filters are designed to filter the outside air and clean it before it enters the engine where it is burned with fuel to create combustion. An air filter can become blocked very quickly depending of your location and the road your drive on. Most common contamination found on air filters are dust, pollen, mould, insects & bacteria. When unfiltered air is allowed into the engine it can cause a reduction in engine efficiency, and in some cases it can even cause engine damage.
Cabin Filters are designed to keep the air we breathe in the vehicle’s cabin as clean as possible. It traps unwanted dust, pollen, insects, smog, mould spores & bacteria from entering the cabin. When cabin filter are not replaced it can also reduce your air conditioning air flow into the cabin.
Valve Clearances are the small space/gap between the top of the valve stems and the camshaft lobe/rocker arm which opens the valves when pressed. Keeping the valve clearances to specifications is essential as they ensure the valves open and close properly.
Brake Fluid transfers the desired force & pressure from your foot brake pedal to the brakes, slowing the vehicle. Brake fluid is specifically designed not to boil or turn into vapours when hot. Brake fluid builds up moisture overtime and must be replaced when too must moisture is present in the fluid.
Clutch Fluid has the same features of brake fluid; is doesn’t boil or turn into vapours when hot. Clutch fluid is stored in the clutch master cylinder and flows to the clutch slave cylinder when the clutch pedal is applied. The pressure of the clutch fluid is used to engage the clutch when changing gears.
The purpose of coolant is to protect the engine from freezing and corrosion. Coolant is vital to obtaining a perfect heat balance. When coolant brands are mixed, the glycol component in coolant reacts and causes a jelly-like substance which can block the cooling system internally. If the coolant consistency is too high it can be too harsh causing damage to the cooling system internally. On the other hand, if the coolant consistency is too low it allows rust to build up causing corrosion and internally blockages in the cooling system. During a logbook service, the coolant should be checked and if required, it should be flushed out replaced with new coolant.
Transmission Fluid’s purpose is to lubricate, clean & protect surfaces within the transmission for ideal performance.
Transmission Filter catch any unwanted contamination that cause unnecessary damage to the transmission.
The purpose of Differential Oil is to keep the ring and piston gears lubricated for them to transfer power from the drive shaft to the axles.
Transfer Case Oil keeps all the moving parts in the transfer case lubricated, this ensures maximum power transfers from the transmission to the rear wheels by keeping friction to a minimum.
Different cars have different set ups when it comes to auxiliary drive belts;
*Some have a serpentine belt which runs the alternator, power steering pump & air conditioning pump (compressor)
*Some have individual belts for all three
*Some have a combination ie; one belt for the alternator & power steering pump, & another belt for the air conditioning pump (compressor).
No matter what set up your vehicle has, the belts require replacement routinely or when they snap, become perished, cracked or begin to fray.
Belts run along pulleys and are held in place by them. They keep the belt running in its correct position.
Tensioners ensure the belts are running at the correct tension so they turn all its associated pulleys as required.
Timing belts are a different kind of belt with a different purpose. Timing belts allow the operation of your engine. They are what connect the crankshaft to the camshaft and control the pistons and valves by synchronising the rotation.
An upper engine clean is exactly as it sounds. It a chemical we use to remove unwanted contamination (carbon deposits, gum & varnish) from the induction system and combustion chamber.
A fuel additive has many benefits for both petrol & diesel engines. A fuel additive cleans multiple components within the fuel system and in turn increases fuel economy.
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