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Servicing and Repairs

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The majority of new car owners dutifully return to the franchised dealer to have their car serviced,usually paying over the odds for pleasure.In the past,owners of cars still covered by manufacturers warranty were tied to the franchised network for servicing - but not any more.Follow our steps to good value servicing.

Shop around - costs even vary between franchised dealers,so dont  just return to the one where you bought your car. You can now get your car at a non franchised garage without invalidating your warranty,so call local workshops for prices too. If you do go to an independent garage,ensure it is a VAT -registered and make sure the parts and fluids used are genuine manufacturer products.Get receipts  and part serial numbers to prove this. Always stick to your car's servicing  schedule  and ensure that the servicing book is stamped. Always read your warranty document  thoroughly before booking your car in for servicing. If your car needs a repair  or some warranty work carried out,however this must be done at a franchised dealer in order to keep your warranty intact.

In between services ,you can keep your car in tip-top condition by keeping fluids topped up by carrying out regular checks.Find out what simple  DIY jobs you can do.

 

 

Getting the most out of your tyres.

 Correct maintenance of tyres is vital to driver safety and it can save you money too.

Tyre damage can occur at any time and even if it doesn't, all tyres will eventually wear out.

 

The typical tyre has a life of around 45,000km, but this can vary depending on the type of tyre (and compound), individual driving styles, local climate and the type of vehicle the tyre is fitted to.

 

It is important that tyres are regularly checked to ensure they are safe to drive on.

There are a few simple steps you can take to ensure improved performance and increased longevity of your tyres, whilst improving your fuel economy.

1. Check the tyre air pressure regularly...

Regularly check that all tyres are inflated to the pressure recommended by the manufacturer. Such checks should be made at least once a month and also before any long trips. The recommended pressure is usually listed in the vehicles' owners manual or on the placard inside the driver or passenger's door.  Some vehicles have this information in the glove box.  Make sure that all spare tyres are in good condition and are kept properly inflated.

2. Regularly Rotate the tyres...

Regular rotation can considerably extend the life of the tyres. Rotation of tyres is recommended every 10,000 to 13,000 kilometres. Some tyres may require a different rotation process due to their tread patterns. Your Repco Authorised Service may be able to advise the correct process for your particular tyres.

3. Check the Wheel Alignment Regularly...

Have the wheel alignment checked on any vehicle known to have hit something, such as a gutter or exceptionally large pot hole.  Alignment should also be checked if you notice any abnormal wear patterns on the shoulders of any tyres or if you notice a difference in the vehicle's handling. All drivers should be aware of these things.

4. Make sure wheels are properly balanced

Have a wheel balance whenever a tyre is replaced, when balance weights are moved or removed, whenever you purchase new tyres, or at the first sign of vibration or irregular tyre wear.

TYRE SIZE

The specifications for the correct tyre for your vehicle can usually be found in the owner's manual, on the driver's (or passenger's)door jamb or on the tyre wall. If in doubt, contact your nearest Repco Authorised Service centre for advice.

Tyre care replacement tipsYou should have tyres inspected or replaced if any of the following occurs. When lovely 3mm(or less) (legal limit1.6) of tread remains on the tyre. You experience sudden vibration whilst driving the vehicle. The tread wear indicator (also known as wear bar) in the grooves of the tread is visible. there are obvious punctures,cuts,snags or other damage in the tyre. You experience gradual air loss in the tyre. you( or one of your drivers) experiences poor handling,particularly on wet surfaces.

Oil changing

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 Oil Changes other than engine oils

What oils should be changed?Every time your car is serviced the engine oil is changed, but there are other oils in your car which should be changed periodically.

What are these other oils? The automatic transmission, manual gearbox, differential and power steering systems are all lubricated by oil or fluids of various types. Some of these systems don't have the luxury of an oil filter, like the engine uses.

Why change these oils? Simply put, oil reduces friction between mechanical parts in a car and thus reduces wear. Unless these oils are drained periodically and replaced with clean oil, parts of your car can wear more quickly than they should. As oil gets older it collects abrasive impurities. Additives used in the oil to help it suit a certain application can diminish over time and with use. Heat produced, particularly in automatic transmissions, can also affect the oil's lubricating properties.

How often should the oil be changed? This will vary depending on the particular oil, the job it does and the type of driving you do. You can refer to your vehicle owner's manual for recommended intervals or your mechanic will be happy to advise you.