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    If i wanted to service my own car, what would i need to do?

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    Ehehehehee.

    I think if you need to ask what to do...you shouldn't do it.
    Or get a Haynes manual./

    Be careful not to hurt yourself on the exhaust pipe:whistling:

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    You would need me in your pocket :thumbsup:

    Well dads a mechanic and all he does is change my air filter and spark plugs then i take it off to get an oil and filter change, all in all costs me abot £30

    yeah oil filter, spark plugs, air filter (could just clean it), replace oil, check fluid levels, check fan, cam belt for damage/wear, check break disk/pads/drums/shoes for wear

    Look in your service book it tells you what needs doing for each service.

    Kick the tires, look at the dipstick (not sure what for). Look at any water tanks.

    Jobs a goodun

    Train Driver;3928226

    Be careful not to hurt yourself on the exhaust pipe:whistling:



    :-D

    Leave it sitting outside the house for 2 hours, fit one of them plastic seat cover thingy's. Move the seat so it looks as if someones actually been inside it.

    That's about the most garage servicers do.

    Depends on which year service it is and what car, none of it is rocket science though.

    Brake fluid seems to be another con these days.

    Pretty simple to do... without know what car its hard to tell you how to do it in detail..

    key items..

    Air Filter
    Oil Filter
    Oil,
    Pollen Filter
    use the obove for a basic service..

    If you need any help.. drop a post onto the forum i run..

    [url]www.vwaudiforum.co.uk[/url] - in our CHAT ABOUT cars section.

    RickT

    What car is it and what age?

    Sheep87;3928258

    yeah oil filter, spark plugs, air filter (could just clean it), replace … yeah oil filter, spark plugs, air filter (could just clean it), replace oil, check fluid levels, check fan, cam belt for damage/wear, check break disk/pads/drums/shoes for wear



    Don't you have to remove half of the engine to do that? :?

    I've been quoted £250 to look at the cam belt to see if it's been changed since new, £300 to change it completely

    greg_68;3928318

    Brake fluid seems to be another con these days.



    Actually this is one of the things I get done every 2 or 3 years. Over long periods brake fluid absorbs moisture which causes the brake cyclinders to rust and the cost of replacing your brake cyclinders is a great deal more than replacing brake fluid. Also for safety reasons the fluid becomes less effective over time.

    It was also usually recommended that anti freeze gets renewed every 2 years but you can get more advanced formulas these days which last 5 years.....

    As others have said - best start off by getting a Haynes manual - this will also give an indicator of the difficulty of each job (using spanner symbols)

    sancho1983;3928516

    Don't you have to remove half of the engine to do that? :?I've been … Don't you have to remove half of the engine to do that? :?I've been quoted £250 to look at the cam belt to see if it's been changed since new, £300 to change it completely



    Not normally, no, it typically takes five minutes to check. What car did they quote you that price for? They probably have provided you with that price due to the risk involved in making such a statement.

    £300 for a timing / cam belt replacement isn't bad if it includes the belt itself, labour and new tensioners.

    A lot of people will change the water pump too as a matter of course.

    pghstochaj;3928457

    What car is it and what age?



    What car is it. age and milage?

    And i will be able to tell you what your due

    Rick

    pghstochaj;3928808

    Not normally, no, it typically takes five minutes to check. What car did … Not normally, no, it typically takes five minutes to check. What car did they quote you that price for? They probably have provided you with that price due to the risk involved in making such a statement.



    Ford Focus, when i bought it i was told it was changed at 80,000 miles, he also said he would pass on the service history, which he didn't :x , so i have no idea whether it has been changed or not, it's now done 110,000 miles

    rory182;3928998

    £300 for a timing / cam belt replacement isn't bad if it includes the … £300 for a timing / cam belt replacement isn't bad if it includes the belt itself, labour and new tensioners.A lot of people will change the water pump too as a matter of course.



    Yea that was for everything, new belt and the kit, labour etc. Not sure if tha was good or not, might book it in, worried that it will just go. Of course it could have been done at 80,000 miles like the guy said, not sure it's worth the risk though!!

    Any idea where the servicing for the belt was done? You should be able to get the service records from them (The work they have covered, anyway). You shouldn't have taken his word for it without proof and assumed it hadn't been done

    what focus have you got?
    iv just had mine done (115 1.8tdci) as the previous owner assured me it was changed, but i wasnt convinced.

    unless you can see a sticker either on the door pillar or in the engine with it written on when it was changed, presume it hasnt been..

    the ford dealer quoted £290 for everything,
    our local garage quoted 120 + the kit which is about 80 ish.... i rang around a few who quoted between 190 and 250.... many wont give a definate quote as itll depend on the state of the engine, how easy it is to free nuts off etc....

    one said if i wanted the tensioner changing that would cost extra so make sure that that is included or avoid..

    they will check the water pump aswell, well they should do!!!

    id say 300 is a bit over the top really... maybe get a few quotess....

    i had a couple other things done aswell so couldnt really tell you the exact price, but id say was around 200 in the end...

    Rob

    it's the 1.6 lx, will check the door pillar tomorrow!! And maybe ring around a couple of other places

    Original Poster

    Everybody


    thanks for all the advice guys. have managed to get a Haynes manual and will take a crack at doing it on sunday. for those of you who wanted to know, my car is a Seat Leon 1.4 petrol made in 2002. its got 56k on the clock but seems a bit heavy on petrol so i thought i'd better get a service done just in case.

    Well you should be doing all the basics on that:

    Spark plugs
    Oil Filter/Oil
    Air filter
    Fuel filter (if it is a consumable on your car)
    Pollen filter (doubt it has one)
    Check all levels, wipers, bulbs.
    Check brakes look servicable.
    Etc.
    I have probably forgotten some obvious bits. However, at that age/mileage I would also be considering the cambelt.

    oil and filter is the messiest part and you're probably far better getting national or similar to do this as it's only about 25 squid (sometimes cheaper) and you'll probably be about that that for the oil and filter for DIY!

    niallmoran;3934264

    oil and filter is the messiest part and you're probably far better … oil and filter is the messiest part and you're probably far better getting national or similar to do this as it's only about 25 squid (sometimes cheaper) and you'll probably be about that that for the oil and filter for DIY!



    You do of course know what oil is going in if you do it yourself, not so important on a 1.4 Seat, though.

    hehe - very true....that's why i don't use them for my car but it's fine for the missus' corsa :-D

    niallmoran;3935721

    hehe - very true....that's why i don't use them for my car but it's fine … hehe - very true....that's why i don't use them for my car but it's fine for the missus' corsa :-D



    Friend of mine took some decent oil from an interim service and asked them to use it as part of his service (VW PD engine so you don't want any old oil, it has to match the VW specs). He thought that was fine but on collecting the car his bottle of oil was stood next to the wall in the workshop, a few metres from the car :roll: I imagine somebody thought they were getting a nice bonus that day.
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