Me servicing my own car

Getting your car to Service-Centre ? Have a look at the important points below:( Alto, i-10, Wagon-R, EON *Small Vehicles)

Inspect the readings of odometer(Km). Calculate the difference in readings between the readings of last time service and the present reading. The difference must be around 7,000- 10,000 km.

1. Engine oil: This has to be replaced every 5,000–10,000 km. Make sure you get replace your oil filter too. Don’t get it replaced <4000 km or simply if its 1 year to service.

2. Gear oil: Get it replace every 20,000–30,000 km. Hyundai cars says every 50,000 km. Don’t go with what mechanic says like it should be replaced every 2 years etc.

3. Brake oil: Needs to be changed as per the color of the brake fluid. Open the hood and check the color and level of brake fluid. if the color appears to be dark and sluggish, get it replace soon. Make a close look to level, if the level has fallen down quite below then its indication of your brake line leakage. Get it repaired soon. If its transparent then no need. Top-up if its below max.

4. Brake pads: Replaced between 30,000- 40,000 km but it depends on habit of driver. If the driver applies brake too often then these may wore out quickly. If you find constant noise while applying brake then immediately get them replace otherwise brake rotor may get damage(some noise could occur in monsoon season etc ignore it).

Brake pads

5. Caliper pin(Brake): I recommend to get it replaced after 50,000 km and surely not before it. This is the first thing that the mechanic asks you to replace. Seriously its not required.

Some more tips:

6. Wheel Alignment/Wheel Balancing : If you drive locally then you dont need it. The effect of balancing could be felt in highways especially with speed more than 80 kmph. If you are going on a ling drive its better to get balancing. You can get it on your local Tyre shop.

- Get your spark plugs cleaned regularly.

- Get your AC filter and air filter cleaned in every service.

- Check coolant and battery fluid level. Top-up if necessary.

** Don’t get be-fooled what service station says. Have a look at what repairs are being carried out. Thank You.
Disclaimer: All the above writing is my own experience and may be technically incorrect.

Reweyou|IIT ROORKEE|Civil Engineer|SelfTaught Android Dev|Passion for automobiles

Originally published at https://www.linkedin.com on August 30, 2016.

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