Major Car Service Checklist

Major Car Service Checklist

All vehicles need to be serviced during their lifetime. Your manufacturer manual should indicate when to perform which services. At different stages of your vehicle’s life, it will require some minor, intermediate and major services. We provide you with a checklist of a Major Car Service.

Major Car Service Explained

“A major service is the highest level in terms of car servicing packages, some garages also call a major service a master service or a gold service. A major service is recommended after a certain period or mileage on your vehicle. A major service is one of the most important services that your car will receive, it is essentially a complete overall check of the vehicle. The overall check which is necessary, is important because certain parts of the car will have experienced wear and tear or damage over time.

Everything included in a full service is in a major service plus even more in-depth checks, spark plugs changed, brake fluid, suspension and fuel filters.

Different garages name their service plans differently, do not let that confuse you just think of your car servicing in terms of your kilometres or how many months from your previous service. It is really that simple, always check your quote to see what the garage is including in their service package.”

Major Car Service Checklist

Pre-Engine Checks

  • Check car history
  • Check timing belt replacement interval
  • Check for damage to bodywork, lamps and trims
  • Check condition of all seat belts
  • Check operation of interior and exterior lights
  • Check operation of ABS and/or air bag warning lights
  • Check windscreen washers and wipers
  • Check horn
  • Check operation of suspension dampers
  • Lubricate all door hinges, locks, and bonnet catches
  • Check fuel cap

Under the Bonnet

  • Check cooling system
  • Check anti-freeze protection
  • Check brake fluid boiling point
  • Check all auxiliary drive belts
  • Check engine breather system
  • Check vacuum pipes
  • Check power steering operation and fluid condition
  • Check full throttle settings and lubricate linkage
  • Check battery level and lubricate terminals
  • Check and top up all under bonnet fluid levels

Vehicle Raised

  • Change oil, filter and fit new sump plug washer
  • Check fuel lines and brake pipes
  • Check the condition and security of the exhaust
  • Check and top up rear axle and transfer box oil levels
  • Check and top up gear box oil level
  • Check all steering and suspension joints, mounting and gaiters
  • Carry out tyre check
  • Check all wheel bearings for excessive ‘play’ and noise
  • Check CV gaiters and joints for wear or splits
  • Check clutch adjustment and adjust
  • Grease all greasing points
  • Check operation and condition of front brakes
  • Check operation and condition of rear brakes, including handbrake
  • Carry out brake report

Vehicle Lowered

  • Refill engine oil
  • Torque wheel nuts/studs

To Finish

  • Road test vehicle and report any findings
  • Re-check engine oil level
  • Carry out emission report
  • Reset service lights
  • Ensure all upholstery, gear lever, steering wheel etc. are clean

Get In Touch With Us To Find Out More About Our Service Options!

Related Tags: Clutch & Brake Specialists

Source credits:



All opinions expressed in this article are not the onus of the publisher nor supplier.


Welcome to Astrobrake

× How can we assist? Click on logo to start chat?