Car Servicing In Chesterfield – Excel Automotives

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What Is Car Servicing?

Car servicing will help save you pounds on repair bills.

For your car to be as reliable and efficient as possible your vehicle manufacturer recommends scheduled replacement of certain components and the checking of others as well as liquid top ups. These vary dependant on manufacturer, make model and age. They are essential for you to get the most out of your car with absolute minimal down time and maximum resale value.

close up of an old car engine being completely serviced at excel automotives in chesterfield

Top Reasons To Service Your Car

car receiving a full computerised systems check for any error codes or potential issues
  1. Maximises engine efficiency which equates to more miles per gallon
  2. Maintains vehicle resale value
  3. Keeps your vehicle safer
  4. Reduced polluting emissions
  5. Reduced repair bills
  6. Reliability improvement
  7. Less car down time
  8. Reduced cost of repairs over the vehicles life
  9. Less likelihood of car accidents
  10. Increased vehicle life expectancy
  11. Find defects before part failures.

Excel Automotives Car Servicing For All Of Chesterfield & Sheffield South

car receiving a 6 month service by one of excel automotives mechanics

6 Month Service

Perfect for the high or low mileage driver or just before or just after a lengthy trip. If you do particularly high or very low mileage especially short journeys you should opt for the 6 month service in between your annual servicing.

Why Do Low Mileage Cars Need The 6 Month Car Servicing?

No doubt you are curious as to why you need to service your car every 6 months when you do much less miles than the average car driver. Surely it's the other way round?. It's all to do with how petrol and diesel engines work. The internal combustion engine is not fully efficient until the engine is at full working temperature. When it's not the mixture is not fully burned leaving behind carbon deposits that accumulate very quickly restricting your engines performance and economy.

Replace
  • Engine Oil
  • Engine Oil Filter
Check & Level Or Replace If Necessary
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Belts
  • Hoses
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Tyre Pressure & Condition
  • Brake Fluid
  • Drive Shafts Including Rubber Gaiters
  • Shock Absorbers & Suspension
  • All Steering Joints & Components
  • Battery Condition
  • Hand Brake
  • Wipers & Blades
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12 Month Annual Service

Also known as the main service, 12,000 miles service or the annual service. This is the servicing schedule recommended by most car manufacturers.

What Does The Annual Car Service Consist Of?

Detailing the replacement of all filters, the engine oil, spark plugs (petrol only) along with many checks including all braking, suspension and steering components and the manual greasing or oiling of all moving parts such as door hinges etc. The 12 month service will help keep your car driving and feeling the way it was designed and keep you safely on Sheffield's roads until your next service.

Replace
  • Engine Oil
  • Engine Oil Filter
  • Spark Plugs
  • Air Filter
  • Pollen Filter
Check & Level Or Replace If Necessary
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Hoses
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Tyre Pressure & Condition
  • Brake Fluid
  • Fuel Filter
  • Drive Shafts Including Rubber Gaiters
  • Shock Absorbers & Suspension
  • All Steering Joints & Components
  • Battery Condition
  • Hand Brake
  • Wheel Alignment
  • Wipers & Blades
  • Exhaust
  • All Engine Belts & Tension
  • All External Lighting
Excels mechanics servicing this car for its 24 month scheduled service

24 Month Service

To keep your car as it's manufacturer designed they recommend an additional service schedule be carried out every 2 years.

What Does The 24 Month Car Service Consist Of?

Also known as the major service this is the ultimate car service schedule which includes all the 12 month (annual) servicing replace and check items as well as many additional tasks such as replacing all your cars hydraulic fluid in your clutch system and braking system.

Replace
  • Engine Oil
  • Engine Oil Filter
  • Spark Plugs
  • Air Filter
  • Pollen Filter
  • Fuel Filter
  • Coolant Fluid
  • Brake Fluid
Check & Level Or Replace If Necessary
  • Engine For Signs Of Oil Or Water Leaks
  • Check Operation Of Manual & Electric Fans
  • Coolant Seals & Condition
  • Check Fuel: Pipes & Cap

Replace

Engine Oil

old engine oil draining from a vauxhall car into a large safe plastic container

A vehicles engine oil is responsible for lubricating your car engine whilst it is running. You should change your engine oil at least every 6 months if your car travels high mileage.

Engine Oil Filter

close up of a shiny new ford engine oil filter

Your car engines oil is forced around many areas of your engine under high pressure. Over time deposits build up which would be catastrophic if the oil filter was not present or becomes full. We have many customers who call in regular just for an oil and oil filter change.

Spark Plugs

set of high quality replacement car spark plugs

Ceramic or porcelain, platinum or copper as well as double & triple electrode they all essentially perform the same function. They literally just provide a spark to ignite your engines fuel / air mixture. Although the quality of plug does have an effect on performance and economy we recommend you use spark plugs listed by your vehicle manufacturer.

Air Filter

close up of a new vauxhall air filter about to be fitted in a van

Fuel is mixed with air in your engines combustion chamber to increase the efficiency and power gained from the ignited mixture. Obviously we don't want any particles entering here, hence the air filter. Change them regardless when your car manufacturer schedules them.

Fuel Filter

close up of a new fuel filter being fitted to a vauxhall car

Your fuel is filtered to prevent unwanted particles entering the injection system and ultimately the combustion chamber. These days fuel filters are usually much more substantial than original filters which were just folds of card in glass.

Pollen Filter

close up of a modern car pollen filter for an audi a4 engine

Many vehicles have pollen filters built into the air intake system. Like all filters they saturate over time and are much less effective so change yours when your manufacturer recommends.

Coolant Fluid

close up of a bmw coolant level reservoir showing the fill level

To keep your engine cool water is pumped around water channels designed into your engine. Over time the coolant which is a mixture of water and anti-freeze collects minute particles which degrades the cooling performance. If left long enough this can result in your engine overheating.

Cam Timing Belt

When is my timing belt due for replacement is a question we get asked regular. The answer is listed in your car manufacturers data. Your timing belt keeps your engine in sync making sure the valves open at the correct time. Should this belt snap or jump the result could be catastrophic failure and big repair bills. Better to be safe than sorry, when is your timing belt next due?

Check

Lights

a blue land rover geting its lights checked by an excel mechanic

A full check of all your vehicles exterior front back and side lights including: headlights (all beams), tail and brake lights, indicators and number plate lights.

Brakes

bmw brakes being checked by our brakes specialist

Brake linings and disks fully inspected for any signs of wear, irregularities or potential failure along with all individual braking components.

Gears

close up of gearbox gears for a ford car

Check all gears for correct operation whilst listening for any noises. Check and lubricate gear linkage joints and examine links for damage such as kinks, bends or corrosion.

Clutch

foot pressing a renault clutch pedal to the floor

Use your clutch pedal to very slowly start off and pay attention for high rpm verses normal speed. Change up to a higher gear and accelerate. Does your engine sound like it revs high before your vehicles movement catches up. Also check cables and linkages for damage, corrosion or obstruction.

Tyres

uk tyre law measure indicating tyre tread legal limit

The U.K law states your tyres should have at least 75% of you tyres surface above 1.6mm tread depth. Check using a tyre depth checker which can be purchased from most garages. Check tyre condition for cracks, signs of perishing & damage.

Steering Fluid

close up of a fords steering fluid reservoir at correct fill level

Unscrew your steering fluid reservoir and inspect the fluid condition. Top up if necessary using the plastic level markings on the container.

Brake Fluid

mercedes brake fluid reservoir close up showing fliud is at the correct level and in good condition

Unscrew your brake fluid reservoir cap and check the condition and the fluid level against the marked scale on the reservoir side, adjust if required.

Instruments

bmw dashboard being check for correct operation of all dials lights and switches

Fully check all vehicle instrumentation for correct operation including: dashboard lights, switches, gauges and dials.

Battery

audi car battery undergoing load testing

Check your battery terminals for signs of corrosion, damage and acid levels. We also check the battery condition with our load tester which tells us if your battery is in good condition or needs replacing.

Screen Wash

close up vauxhall screen washer bottle showing fill level

Top up your car screen wash fluid with water and a little screen wash regular to make sure you have wash wipes when you really need them.

Which Parts To Use

serveral boxes of genuine and oem car parts symmetrically arranged

It's only right you choose which parts go on your car. You can choose either genuine manufacturers parts or original equipment manufacturers replacement parts (OEM) and your garage should do the rest.

What's The Difference Between OEM & Genuine Service Parts?

You should be offered which car parts are used on your car. There are only 2 options:

Genuine Parts
new genuine volvo parts

Genuine parts are the exact same parts your car manufacturer used when assembling your vehicle. They are manufactured to the exact or improved specification using the exact same or improved materials.

Ordinary Equipment Manufactured Parts (OEM)
new ordinary equipment manufacturers parts

OEM service parts are manufactured by third parties to the same design using similar materials as your cars manufacturer used. They may or may not last as long as genuine parts. They may or may not perform quite as well but they are usually much less expensive then genuine service parts.

Our Lubricants

close up of our high quality lubricant high lighting oil specification

Rest assured only the finest quality oil goes into engines we service. We cannot stress enough the importance of a really good quality engine lubricant. You should never except standard oil being used in the service of your car. Based on your car manufacturers data we use the best oil to help maximise your engines life expectancy.

A Little About Excel's Servicing Team

We've been servicing Chesterfield's cars, vans and light commercial vehicles since 1983. As you can imagine over the years we have serviced most manufacturers vehicles that have driven on Chesterfield's roads and we would be delighted to service yours.

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All Cars Serviced

Keeping your car's servicing schedule up to date will help save you pounds.

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We can service any car or van and we can service new vehicles without affecting your warranty

  • Service Book Stamped To Maintain Car Servicing History
  • Established Over 20 Years
  • Strictly Adhere To Manufacturers Service Data
  • Very Latest Computer Aided Diagnostics
  • Petrol & Diesel Vehicles
  • Guaranteed Quality Lubrication
  • Big Savings On Main Dealers
  • Free Local Collection & Delivery
  • Minimum Of 12 Months Parts & Labour Guarantee
  • Fully Trained Technicians
  • No Work Done Without Approval
  • High Quality Lubricants
  • Only Ferodo Brake Components
Most Popular Car Repairs
  1. Volvo
  2. Ford
  3. Vauxhall
  4. Volkswagen
  5. BMW
  6. Mercedes
  7. Renault
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Get In Touch

If you would like us to service your car you can call us on: 01246 455 863. You can book car servicing Monday to Friday from 8AM to 5PM and Saturdays 8AM until 12pm at our Chesterfield garage near Sheffield.

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Telephone: 01246 455 863

Opening Hours
  • Monday - Friday:
    • 8am - 5pm
  • Saturday:
    • 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Sunday:
    • Closed
Snail Mail
  • Excel Automotives
  • Units 4 - 7
  • 875 Sheffield Road
  • Sheepbridge
  • Chesterfield
  • S41 9EF
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