The Difference Between Minor and Major Service

Posted by Motorama in Servicing Tips
Ever wondered why each service on your vehicle is not the same? We'll give you all the lowdown of the difference between a Minor and Major Service.
The main difference between the minor and major vehicle service is the amount of time and parts required to carry out the vehicles specific maintenance schedule, but there is a lot more to consider.

Minor Service

A minor servicing generally includes a comprehensive vehicle inspection and diagnostic checks, engine oil and filter replacement, vehicle greasing and tyre rotation by a professional factory-trained technician. It can be part of the logbook service and sometimes it will be referred to as a basic or general service.

As a rough guideline - this really depends on our vehicle, engine type and also how your vehicle is being used - a minor service is required every 10,000km or every year.

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Major Service

A major service includes replacing transmission and differential oils, which lubricates the ring and pinion gears that transfer power from the driveshaft to the wheel axles. You can also count on checking and replacing brake and clutch fluid, adjusting tappet clearance to make sure the most important parts in your engine keep running in optimal condition and checking and replacing wheel bearing grease, to name but a few of the additional items required.

You can count on a major service after two minor ones, so about every three year or 30,000km. This is usually also the right time to think about replacing spark plugs, cabin and fuel filters and timing belts for example. Your logbook can tell you exactly when these services are necessary.

Why Servicing is Important

Regular servicing can help to identify potential problems before they become real ones, that's why it's important to keep your car serviced according to the manufacturers manual. Servicing will make sure that essential checks are carried out to critical vehicle components and that these vital parts don't let you down when you need them most. Regular servicing provides peace of mind that the vehicle is in road-worthy condition.

Failing to service your vehicle each year to save a few dollars really is a false economy. Regular servicing can help to identify issues early on that could later become costly and expensive to rectify. It can also help you at the petrol pump. New oil and air filters make for a smoother running engine and a more fuel efficient car.

Simply put, regularly servicing your car will undoubtedly improve the life span of the vehicle. Plus, when you're ready to sell a car with evidence of regular servicing – or even better a full service history - is likely to attract more potential buyers and a higher selling price.

Self Service

Most vehicles built today have complex diagnosis systems that are always monitoring the car and its systems for issues. Many of these vehicles have warning lights and messages that appear on the dashboard. Ultimately, it's really up to you to be mindful when symptoms of car problems arise. You’ll need to be aware of strange lights on the dashboard, unusual smells or sounds, and anything else questionable that may not have warning indicators.

It's definitely time to visit Motorama Tyre & Service when there is squawking and grinding when you hit the brake pedal, or if you hear clicking, tapping and knocking while the engine is running. This is a sign that you need to have your car looked at immediately.

Motorama Tyre & Service can cater for any make or model, and our minor service starts from just $169 for a passenger vehicle. We have locations at Moorooka, Springwood and Browns Plains.

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At Motorama we have Brisbane's best service centres located at Moorooka, Browns Plains and Springwood. We service all makes and models, specialising in Holden, Toyota, Ford, Mitsubishi, Kia and Nissan.

But we offer more then just servicing, with a range of products and expertise available to assist in all your ongoing vehicle maintenance needs.

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Come see us now in Moorooka, Springwood or Hillcrest to make sure you stay safe on the road.

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