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 Post subject: Re: Servicing Advice
PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:44 am 
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brixtonboy wrote:
I recommend leaving the plugs but changing the brake fluid. I really do, do. short journeys now. Fit iridium and forget them.


I suppose I could get both done for peace of mind. What would be the best way to get a quote? Ask for a oil, oil filter and spark plugs first then ask for a brake fluid on top or vice versa? Spark plug change will probably add an hour labour so hopefully I can get a brake fluid aswell within that hour. Or perhaps I should ask for an oil, oil filter, spark plugs and brake fluid outright to get the best price?

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 Post subject: Re: Servicing Advice
PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:10 pm 
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My advice for what it's worth is, get a quote for everything you want. In writing if possible. And then remove things.

Don't mention the word SERVICE or they will get out the list and start greasing hinges and all kinds of bullsh**.

And messing up your tyre pressures like one garage did.


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 Post subject: Re: Servicing Advice
PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:11 pm 
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Oh, and charging you £5 for topping up your screen wash


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 Post subject: Re: Servicing Advice
PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:17 pm 
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brixtonboy wrote:
Oh, and charging you £5 for topping up your screen wash


To be fair they changed my remote key battery instead of topping up my screen wash as it was still nearly full. It said screen wash on the estimate but I had a new battery instead. That independent Smart dealer reckons a spark plug change is important you reckon a brake fluid change is more important, I'll get a quote for both.

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 Post subject: Re: Servicing Advice
PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:28 pm 
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many dont bother with changing the brake fluid but as said it should be done ,oil what ever a service said in the book delete 20% so if 10000 miles do it at 80000 its cheap to replace oil but not cheap to replace an engine plus it will last longer
most important is brakes
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 Post subject: Re: Servicing Advice
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I find it hard to believe that garage thinks that's spark plugs are really more important than brake fluid.

Brake fluid degrades it doesn't matter if the car is driven or not.
Spark plugs don't, they might get a little more harder to remove. If they are not used the gap cannot get bigger on it's own.
Sorry l forgot the battery. They can be tricky to replace.


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 Post subject: Re: Servicing Advice
PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:43 pm 
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brixtonboy wrote:
I find it hard to believe that garage thinks that's spark plugs are really more important than brake fluid.



They inspect it first and don't change for the sake of it, its not that they don't think its important but that sometimes it doesn't need changing.

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 Post subject: Re: Servicing Advice
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Saving up for this service now as detailed below...

Change Engine Oil, Engine Oil Filter, Air Filter, Spark Plugs, Brake Fluid & Bleed Brakes and Battery in Vehicle Key

Check Fuel Filter, Engine Coolant, Poly-V-Belt and Combination Filter

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 Post subject: Re: Servicing Advice
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nlel wrote:

Check Fuel Filter, Engine Coolant, Poly-V-Belt and Combination Filter


Had this service in March 18, it cost £ 255. The fuel filter is designed to be a lifetime part see here...

https://www.evilution.co.uk/servicing/451_fuel_filter.htm

They changed the Engine Oil, Engine Oil Filter, Air Filter, Spark Plugs, Brake Fluid & Bleed Brakes and Battery in Vehicle Key (One key only)

Advised that the rear shock absorbers were worn and needed replacing which I subsequently had done and the the A/C needed regassing for the summer which I haven't done as I never use it.

Apart from that everything else ok.

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 Post subject: Re: Servicing Advice
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I know that l will get shouted down here for this. But always thought the A/C slowly got weaker, you should use it weakly. Just to keep the system from seizing up.


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