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My brother-on-law with a lifetime of hands-on experience in the motor industry advises that if fully synthetic oil is used, a full oil change is necessary only every 2 years, with an annual oil filter change. (2.8JTD) Other Fiat mechanics I have spoken to have agreed. Surprisingly (for a woman), I check engine consumables about weekly, but definitely before setting out on a journey and after parking up for a few days in a site.
I was indoctrinated by my father at the age of 16. "Don't even think about driving the car until you can (and do) check its vitals." Sunday morning task. I've always had to buy my own everything so I quickly learned the habit of taking care of the stuff I worked so hard to pay for.
It would never cross my mind NOT to have an annual service for any of my vehicles tbh. I expect them to work every time I jump into them so its only right to look after them imho...
Sadly my Saab convertible only did 439 miles between services this last year but I wanted to keep the FSH on it as she is a good 'un
I check all underbonnet levels before any trip but make use of the oil level indicator almost every time I switch on. Oil and filter changed at least annually thats about 6000 miles. Dont carry any spare oil.
Frequently look under the bonnet and am paranoid about keeping the washer bottle full- every time I bemoan my old Volvo's which had washer bottle level indication on the dashboard.
Tyre pressures before every trip, tyre temperatures during a run.
Mike & Ann
Originally Posted by rayc View Post
most breakdowns relative to Diesel engines.
I thinks it's been mentioned earlier in the thread about the cost of a MH and the relative low cost to maintain it, to me it's simple economics and prevention is better than a cure.
Originally Posted by Littlebt View Post
I have always had a 'low mileage' oil and filter change after the first year then full service at 24 months as per the Fiat schedule.
On this van, which is now 20 months old and has done 20K miles, I haven't yet had an oil change.
The van went to a Fiat Professional agent for a modification at about 10 months old and I asked the mechanic what he thought about an oil change at 12 months. He said that as I was doing quite a high mileage it wasn't necessary. The interim 12 month (Low mileage) oil changes were only required for vehicles that stood still for most of the year and got 'gummed up'.
Must book her in for the service when we get back to Blighty, will be heading for 22K by then.
|Littlebt||Annually same as most people, particularly important to change the fuel filter also if you run a Diesel engine as many problems arise through contaminated fuel and Deisel is a dirty fuel.|
Originally Posted by GMJ View Post
Base service is annual for me. We did 8000 miles between services last time it was done.
I check my oil...ahem...occasionally..
...when I remember to
PS But I do keep a litre can of oil in the MH in case I need it!
I have people to do the oily bits!..
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