#1 Engine Oil Change
The engine oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle. While petrol and diesel power the vehicle, the engine oil lubricates the internal engine components to prevent overheating. Over time, the engine oil loses its viscosity and thus lubrication properties. To avoid friction, between moving engine parts, make sure you change the engine oil regularly – as mentioned in the user manual.
Chigwell Motor Works understands that every vehicle is built differently and requires a different grade of engine oil. That is why we always refer to your vehicle’s user manual to find out which engine oil grade suits your particular model and make.
After we change the engine oil, we also change the oil filter and filter seal to prevent oil leakage down the road.
With a troublesome engine, you can only go so far. But with a flat tyre, you can’t move at all. A car is as good as its tyres. Therefore, it is important to check your tyres’ health periodically to avoid breakdowns. At Chigwell Motor Works, we provide a complete tyre check-up service where we assess the tread to make sure the tyres are wearing out evenly.
For the sake of your safety, consider replacing the tyres if they are no longer able to grip the road or have visible cracks on the sidewall.
On the other hand, abnormal tread wear is a clear indication of poor wheel alignment or issues with your suspension system. In either case, a quick diagnosis can reveal the issue and can be fixed in our workshop.
Plus, the significance of correct tyre pressure cannot be overstated. Inflating your tyres to the correct pressure saves fuel and increases tyres’ life. That is why we always ensure your tyres are inflated to the recommended PSI.
Under normal conditions, car batteries can last 4-5 years. But we have seen some of them dying within 30 months. Whatever may be the reason, this is the last thing you will want to fail because without a functional battery, your car won’t start, especially if you drive an Automatic.
During the routine service, our experts will check your battery’s health using a multimetre. The reading will tell us how long the battery can hold the charge. If the voltage/current rating indicates poor health, consider replacing your battery or else be prepared to get stranded in the middle of nowhere.
When was the last time you had your windscreen wipers changed? If it’s been more than a year, it’s about time.
You will realise the importance of wipers only when it’s raining, but it’ll be too late by then. But we care for you and make sure your wipers are in good shape.
As the rubber on the wiper blades wear out, not only your visibility during the rain gets compromised but you will also notice a permanent streak on the windscreen left by the exposed metal on the blades. Our service expert will inspect your wipers and recommend replacement if necessary. With new, quality wipers, you will notice the difference in how they work.
#5 Air Filter
The air filter is located in the air-intake assembly to keep dust and debris from entering the engine. Since the air filter traps dirt particles, it gets clogged up over time. As a result, the engine doesn’t get sufficient air for combustion and burns more fuel. The solution is to either clean or replace the filter. The commonly used paper-based filters cannot be cleaned and therefore need to be replaced during the logbook service.
If you drive in areas with a lot of dust and pollutants in the air, the air filter will need more frequent replacing.
#6 Other Essential Fluids
This includes brake oil, coolant, transmission oil and battery water. During the routine checks, our technicians will top off these fluids if the level has dropped, or replace altogether if the fluid has changed colour or viscosity.