Service (motor vehicle)

Service (motor vehicle)

A motor vehicle service is a series of maintenance procedures carried out at a set time interval or after the vehicle has travelled a certain distance. The service intervals are specified by the vehicle manufacturer in a service schedule and some modern cars display the due date for the next service electronically on the instrument panel.

The completed services are usually recorded in a service book which is rubber stamped by the service centre upon completion of each service. However at least one manufacturer (Mazda) now records services electronically on a database and prints them out for vehicle owners on request, so that it is not necessary for them to retain a stamped service book Fact|date=September 2008. A complete service history usually adds to the resale value of a vehicle. Services like [ DriverSide] in the United States and [ DriveArchive] in the United Kingdom are trying to create tools to help car owners track this service information.

Maintenance tasks commonly carried out during a motor vehicle service include:

* Replacing the engine oil
* Replacing the oil filter
* Replacing the fuel filter
* Replacing the air filter
* Replacing the brake fluid
* Replacing the power steering fluid
* Replacing the Automatic Transmission Fluid
* Tuning the engine
* Replacing the spark plugs
* Greasing and lubricating components
* Replacing the timing belt
* Replacing the tires

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