You may not be familiar with all the items on your service center’s menu board so here is a quick description of some of the typical services that might be listed. But understand that the menu board is there for a reference; you should speak to your service adviser about other possible needs or services.
Fuel system cleaning: Over time, the fuel system gets gum and varnish build up. A fuel system cleaning gets rid of that and cleans out the fuel injectors. This saves gas, by the way.
Headlamp replacement: Halogen and standard headlamps gradually fade. When one burns out, replace both so they’ll have the same brightness. Also, if your headlamp lenses are yellowed or cloudy, you can have them professionally restored to a like new condition.
Inspections: People get inspections for many reasons. Maybe they’re going on a trip or just want to make sure their vehicle’s ready for summer or winter. Maybe they just bought a used car and want to give it the once over. An inspection may reveal some things that are broken or are getting close to having a problem.
Oil change – there are several options: Some centers offer just an oil change and new filter as an option. Most will also check and top off all your other fluids and do a quick visual inspection with a full-service oil change. There may also be options for higher mileage fluids or an upgrade to synthetic oil.
PCV valve: PCV stands for Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve. It’s a little part that releases pressure from the engine. It can get gummed up and that can lead to engine damage. It should be changed now and then.
Power steering service: Often overlooked but this service cleans out the system and replaces it with clean fluid and can keep the system running well for a long time.
Serpentine belt: That’s the belt that powers the engine’s accessories like the alternator, air conditioner, power steering and brakes. You’ll want to replace the serpentine belt before it breaks or wears down, because that will lead to other problems.
Shocks and struts: This starts with an inspection of the suspension components. Shocks last a long time and wear out slowly, so many people don’t notice when it’s time to change them. If they’re worn or leaking, they need to be replaced.
Transmission service: This involves removing the transmission fluid and replacing it with clean fluid. It’s like an oil change for your transmission.
Tire rotation and wheel balancing: The tires are rotated from front to back using the recommended rotation pattern. This helps tires wear more evenly. Wheels need to be balanced from time to time to keep them turning without any wobble or bounce. This helps the ride and saves tire wear.
Remember if you don’t understand something on the menu board, ask your service adviser for help.