Suzuki Maximum Service Intervals for the majority



Suzuki Maximum Service Intervals for the majority
Suzuki Maximum Service Intervals for the majority of models is
Every 12 months or 15,000kms whichever comes first
Why should I bother to service my car, I only use it around town and do less
than 6,000km per year?
People who do short trips have many reasons to have their cars engine oil & filter changed regularly,
the majority of the engine wear occurs in the initial start up period, each time the car is started
nasty’s ( H20 C02 HC CO NOx ) are produced in the combustion process until the engine gets up to
operating temperature, this ends up in the sump and mixes with the engine oil, many of the nasty’s
are highly corrosive & also cause the oil to sludge with the potential to block the oil pump strainer
and engine oil filter, because of the short trips the engine never gets hot enough to evaporate them
out of the system so changing the oil & filter regularly gets rid of these products before they
become a problem, with today’s engines, oil flow to different parts of the engines are controlled by
using very small drillings to restrict the oil flow to valve lifters, camshaft bearings, timing chain
tensioners etc. if the oil is not changed regularly carbon particles in the oil will eventually block the
small holes causing a variety of problems including, valve noise, timing chain rattles, camshaft
failure and in some cases crankshaft bearing failure,
All this can be avoided by regular oil changes using good quality oil of the correct grade and genuine
Suzuki oil filters.
Spark Plugs Included in regular services are spark plug changes which in most Suzuki cars is every
45,000kms although some models have longlife spark plugs, if the spark plugs are not changed this
can cause difficult starting, poorer fuel consumption, engine misfiring & damage to the catalytic
converter which are very expensive to replace.
Engine air filters clean all the air consumed in the engine and eventually get blocked causing high
fuel consumption & many other complications with engine wear, antipollution failures etc. These
filters are checked & cleaned at every service then replaced at 45,000kms.
Pollen filters clean all the air coming in to the vehicle cabin through the heater / air conditioning
system, they are very fine filters which will capture pollen particles, flies, bugs, dust etc. before
entering the ventilation system, this also protects the air conditioning evaporator from becoming
contaminated with debris which can then breeds toxic moulds on the evaporator causing health
issues and foul smells inside the car. Pollen filters are normally changed at 45,000kms.
Brake Fluids should be changed every 2 years regardless of mileage, brake fluids are designed to
withstand very high temperatures without boiling, unfortunately brake fluid is hygroscopic which
means it attracts water much the same way as salt attracts moisture, this attraction is so strong that
the fluid can become contaminated with water through the flexible brake pipes, hydraulic seals etc.
and when this happens the boiling point of the fluid is reduced to a much lower temperature, if this
happens the heat generated by heavy braking can boil the brake fluid in the brake callipers etc.
which produces instant & total loss of brakes as the brake pedal will go straight to the floor.
Brake Fluids continued
This usually occurs when you need the brakes most & many European Mountain passes have sand
traps at each sharp corner to catch vehicles coming down the roads who run out of brakes usually
because they did not bother to change the brake fluids.
Engine Coolant / Inhibitor / antifreeze, this should be changed every 3 years/ 45,000kms for the
green coloured fluid or 7 years / 150,000kms for the blue fluid depending on the coolant used at the
factory initial fill, these colours must not be mixed. This coolant keeps the engine cool, prevents it
from freezing, inhibits corrosion in internal engine parts, water pumps, cylinder head, radiator,
heater matrix etc. It is very important this schedule is adhered to otherwise the corrosion leads to
very expensive repairs.
Gear Oil With manual transmissions the gearbox oil should be changed every 3 years / 45,000kms,
there is a lot happening inside a manual transmission and the oil becomes contaminated with metal
flakes that comes off the gears, gear changing etc. With Four wheel drive vehicles the Differential
oils front & rear should be changed at the first 12 months or 15,000kms then after any serious four
wheel driving, wading through rivers etc where water could get into the oil through the breathers,
oil seals etc, the water can get into the diff. housing due to the hot differential being submerged in
cold water causing the air inside to contract sucking in the water through the seals etc.
Automatic Transmission oil does not have to be changed unless advised to do so from our Service
The above outlines some of the basic reasons why your car should be serviced & because Suzukis are
cheap to service compared to other makes it is false economy not to keep to the schedules.
On average the servicing costs for your car work out cheaper than your car insurance & most of us
would not dream of driving on the road without proper insurance.
Regular servicing done at an official Suzuki Dealer with Factory Trained Technicians who logs it
into the Suzuki New Zealand website as being done maintains the residual value of your car,
ensures that your Factory Warranty remains valid & improves the chances of a goodwill warranty
claim being accepted outside the warranty period.
They also check your vehicle for recalls, safety campaigns, software upgrades and any history
faults that may be stored in your cars computers.
For more information & customised service plans please contact our Service Dept.
Wishing you happy trouble free motoring in your Suzuki.
Regards Robin Kidd

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