Are you looking to get your 4WD serviced? Want to get the most for your money? It can often be helpful to know what to look for in regards to servicing and maintenance.
Knowing everything you can about 4WD servicing and maintenance will help you to ensure you’re getting the most value for your money, aren’t getting ripped off, and your 4WD has been fully serviced.
1. Make sure you’re getting serviced frequently
Servicing your 4WD can be an inconvenience. It is money that you would often want to spend elsewhere.
However, making sure you are getting your 4WD serviced frequently enough can help to improve the longevity of your vehicle.
Check your owner’s guide to see how frequently your car model should be serviced.
2. What type of servicing your 4WD needs
Make sure you are booking your 4WD in for the right service. The range of services you will be offered include:
- Major service: this is a comprehensive servicing, with major check-ups
- Minor service: this is a smaller, quicker version of the major service. This will be checking the major parts of the vehicle as well as oil and filter changes.
- Manufacturer’s servicing: this can also be referred to as a book or logbook service. This type of service will vary depending on the type of vehicle.
Make sure the fluids in your 4WD are being regularly checked and replaced.
Before you book in your 4WD for servicing, make sure you are aware of the last time you have had your fluids changed.
Fluids you need to be aware of include:
- Engine oil
- Radiator coolant
- Automatic transmission fluid
- Windscreen wash fluid
- Brake fluid
- Clutch fluid
- Power steering fluid
- Battery electrolyte fluid
When you have your 4WD serviced, the tyres will be inflated to ensure they have they correct pressure. This will help to reduce fuel consumption; saving you money in the long run.
If necessary, your 4WD will also be tested for wheel alignment and balance.
Make sure you rotate your wheels regularly to avoid uneven wear.
5. Windscreen wipers
When was the last time you changed the blades of your 4WD? If you can’t remember, it’s probably time to have them serviced and replaced.
You should be getting your windscreen wipers replaced annually, so make sure this is a part of your 4WD servicing.
6. Engine air filter
After you take your 4WD off road or on holidays, you may find the engine air filter will end up clogged with dust, and dirty air will be getting into the engine. This can negatively impact the performance of the engine.
During your 4WD servicing and maintenance, your air filter will be checked and changed if necessary.
Make sure you keep track of how old your 4WD’s batteries are, if they have enough fluids, and if there are any signs of corrosion.
If you aren’t using your 4WD often, you may notice the battery will drain.
Your battery may be changed during a routine service if need be.
Cleaning your 4WD can be a pain, but it is something that should not be overlooked. This is particularly important if your car is parked outside, as it may be getting damaged from trees or from birds and bats.
This checklist should help you to keep your car maintained between servicing, and knowing what to expect during your routine servicing.
Need to book your 4WD servicing? Call Moranbah Discount Tyres & Mechanical today.