Sunnybank Hills Car Care

Major car service

What’s Involved? How often? What does a mechanic do? Common questions! Why use a mechanic?

Major car services

Many car owners habitually get their car fully serviced every year or after every 20,000 kilometers. Fully servicing your car keeps it in shape and reduces any risk of breakdown. Even if you haven’t had a major car service, you should consider getting one as it can help maintain the value of your car. Many people think that their car adds carbon to the atmosphere. Full servicing can help you balance your carbon footprint. Most of you might ask “what is the difference between a full car service and an interim car service?” As mentioned above, a major or full car service is recommended every twelve months or 12,000 years – whichever comes first. Some car manufacturers, however, recommend frequent checks. This is known as interim servicing. It is ideal for a car that has a high mileage regularly. To keep your car roadworthy and safe, interim servicing is advised every six months or 10,000 kilometers – whichever comes first.

What’s involved in car service?

An important aspect of auto care or car maintenance is car servicing. It will enable your car to be safe and efficient in its running. Whether you own a luxury car including BMW, Audi, or Mercedes, or a regular car like a Honda or a Mitsubishi, it is a good habit to keep a servicing schedule. This will result in fewer car problems.

A full car service normally covers:


  • Checks on the levels of break fluid, coolant, power steering fluid
  • Engine oil and oil filter
  • Replacement of air filter or spark plug
  • Reading of your car’s onboard diagnostics
  • Checking brakes, clutch, lighting and signalling

These checks cover all the safety requirements and more. Given the complexity of today’s car systems, it is best that a professional auto service station carry out these tasks. Let’s explain the above services a little more in detail to comprehend why major car servicing is beneficial.

Engine oil and oil filter

  • Oil and filter change depends on the type of oil used. Modern oils have switched from mineral to semi-synthetic oil to fully-synthetic oil. Synthetic oil last longer than other types. It also offers greater engine protection such as Castrol lubricants. A professional auto servicing station will use the oil that is best for your car’s engine.
  • Fluids levels for coolant, brake and power steering Fluid levels for coolant, power steering and brakes are checked and topped up as part of a full car service. It is your responsibility as well to check the levels periodically. Lack of coolant can cause substantial damage to your car’s engine which if left unchecked can lead to engine replacement. Lack of power steering and brake fluid will result in control problems, which are paramount for your and your passengers’ safety.
  • Replacing the air filter and/or spark plugs If you car has done 25,000 to 50,000 miles, replacing an air filter is necessary. A clogged air filter will restrict the coolant flow to the engine reducing fuel consumption and power. Spark plugs are deemed as the most inexpensive of car parts. It has a life span of 100,000 miles but car manufacturers usually recommend replacing it after 30,000 to 50,000 miles. Only when you opt for major car service, can the replacement options be highlighted by a mechanic.
  • Onboard Diagnostics – An auto diagnostic function is available in all modern cars. A fully automated and equipped car service station will link the car’s onboard system to their system. By doing so, they can gain information on any imminent problems that may have occurred since the last service.

Common Questions about a Major Service

  • How often to carry out car service? To carry out a major service, it is recommended that you do so every year or after 15,000 -20,000 kilometers. You might be tempted to skip a full service, but you never know – it might end up costing you more.
  • What does a mechanic do? Mechanics are trained and qualified auto technicians who deal with structuring, creating and maintenance of your car. A mechanic uses the available technology to diagnose problems with your car and then repair them. A mechanic knows your car better than you do – its parts, its working and its problems.
  • Why use a mechanic? If you are not mechanical savvy, then you need to get your car serviced by a trained mechanic. Not only is it time consuming to arrange all the equipment for car servicing, it is costly as well. Auto mechanics are trained to know exactly which part of your car needs servicing, which part is wearing out, which part needs replacement and so on. They have specialist tools to conduct major car services. As a result, it is always a good idea to use a mechanic instead of trying to be one.

Why Brisbane Car Services?

We specialize in every major car service for BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Toyota, Holden, Ford, Citroen, hummer, Lexus, Honda, Mitsubishi, Mazda, and other brands. We have qualified mechanics and specialists will oblige to every car need. Our ‘A’ grade qualified mechanics ensure that your car is thoroughly serviced to give your car another year of life. If you cannot come to us, our mechanics can come to you and pick up your car. Our work is fully guaranteed and warranted. We are keen to repair your car to the highest standards. The benefits of working with us are quality, delivery and low costs. Your car will speak of our high-quality service.