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 Post subject: Re: Servicing Advice
PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:04 am 
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I know it's off topic, but l'm watching Sky News the Fire

the tower block that burned killing and injuring so many people.
Has an identical one standing next to it.

Who wants to live in that.

If it's off topic then create a new thread....

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 Post subject: Re: Servicing Advice
PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:06 am 
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Everyone is different and levels of confidence, I've done few things myself, but when my sister's old Fiesta needed a new sump (rusty/leaking) I left it to the local garage. They had experiance and tools to to the job properly. Only so much you can do on a drive with a jack and axle stands.

P.S. That Ed China makes everything look sooo easy, with his 4 post lift!


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 Post subject: Re: Servicing Advice
PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:18 pm 
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Checking my tyre pressures is about the extent of my car maintenance skills!

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 Post subject: Re: Servicing Advice
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Steve107 wrote:
P.S. That Ed China makes everything look sooo easy, with his 4 post lift!


Ed China is full of s**t

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 Post subject: Re: Servicing Advice
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Niel, It's not just about knowledge and skills. As people get older, most of them learn the concept of 'opportunity cost' and decide it's quicker and easier to pay someone else.


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 Post subject: Re: Servicing Advice
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I have been advised by a member on the Smart club forums who carry out independent Smart car servicing, that I should have the oil, oil filter and spark plugs changed next time round.

They don't reckon a brake fluid change is mandatory even though it will be two years since the last one come February 2018 when my next service is due. They reckon I should just have it inspected.

So just how important is a brake fluid change should I ask for one or just ask for it to be inspected. I fear the spark plug change will add an extra hours labour anyway.

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 Post subject: Re: Servicing Advice
PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:27 pm 
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Brake fluid change every 2 years is not something that must be done. As you know it is hydroscopic or something like that. Brake fluid can not be compressed, but over time as it attracts moisture from the air it will compress.
That is one of the reasons manufacturers recommend replacing it.
But you knew this l'm sure.
Funny that the garage talk more about plugs than brakes.
I would be more concerned about my brakes than my spark plugs, especially considering the low mileage you do.

But that's just my opinion.


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 Post subject: Re: Servicing Advice
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Reason why they suggest changing spark plugs is that "Short runs will kill plugs faster than long ones". I don't actually do short runs but weekly 23.1 mile journeys, short runs would be 2.5 miles or so.

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I did a nice 250 miles yesterday

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 Post subject: Re: Servicing Advice
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I recommend leaving the plugs but changing the brake fluid. I really do, do. short journeys now. Fit iridium and forget them.


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