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Done oil changes, filters, air filters and geabox fluid before, but the car hasn't had a proper service for 4 years now and since then I have added 30k to the milage making it 69k. Its had the cam belt done.

But in the 4 years its not had a change of coolant or any other servicing except my own yearly renewal of oil/filters etc.

Its due the next oil/filter change is it worth doing it myself again and having ago at the coolant flush and change or getting it done at a garage.

When you think about it I spend a fair amount out for the parts doing it myself, and it doesn't have everything done that perhaps a service would.

Other than the obvious that I have done myself, what does a service actually get done. And are there any risks with letting a garage pull things about?

Very cautious about letting garages get hold of my Rover, you can probably tell.


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p.s any recommendations on garages, prices etc. Most appreciated.
 

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If you have a haines manual and follow every service described in that at the specific intervals you won't go far wrong or be doing anything less than what a garage would do.
All that the haynes manual seems to mention is the above and checking/replacing any worn parts on the cap and if damaged the ht leads etc.

Does a service not clean the injectors and make little alterations to give the car a bit more of a boost?

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Looking at my local garage who are mg-rover enthusiasts, they want £100 to do just a oil and filter change! Am I being old fashions when i think they clean the injectors and look at the cap etc?

For a whoping £350 they do the sparks etc all what you can do yourself! The only item extra is "fuel filter"

Is that hard to do? I know where it is and what it looks like, is it dangerous doing it yourself?
 

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I also do exactly what you have been doing. Service the car myself! I think some people think that a 'service' includes a lot more than the garages actually do. If you keep on top of oil / air filter changes etc you cant go too far wrong, just keep all your receipts as proof & write the mileage & date on them. I have also changed my own brake fluid, coolant & fuel filter aswell as take the brakes apart and give them a good clean up and copper greasing. The fuel filter is very easy to do, just makesure you have plent of rag underneith it to catch the surplus fuel...
 

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Sometimes they will reset any fault codes or give advisories on wearing parts. Even if you are suspicious, you can always take the car away after the service and get a second opinion. The garage mechanics see a lot more cars and regular faults than you may do and this can be invaluable. However I have always serviced my car myself and repaired as much as I can. This comes from the days of being an apprentice and not being able to afford someone else to fix it. It was always more fun to fix it myself anyway!

The one thing I always forget during a service is to grease the door hinges etc!

If you are regular to forums such as this one, you can quickly pick up on common faults and keep an eye out on your own vehicle.
 

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Well that answers my question really, best to carry on as I am and have a go at those other bits, e.g. the coolant + flushing, fuel filter and ignition.

Any tips on flushing the cooling system and the mixture for replacing, thats something you don't see in the haynes what mixture to replace with?

And as for the fuel filter, I'm a bit worried about that one, "depressurizing the fuel system" sounds scary! Most worried about it not going again afterwards, is the fuel filter a must? much gain for doing it?

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Done oil changes, filters, air filters and geabox fluid before, but the car hasn't had a proper service for 4 years now and since then I have added 30k to the milage making it 69k. Its had the cam belt done.

But in the 4 years its not had a change of coolant or any other servicing except my own yearly renewal of oil/filters etc.

Its due the next oil/filter change is it worth doing it myself again and having ago at the coolant flush and change or getting it done at a garage.

When you think about it I spend a fair amount out for the parts doing it myself, and it doesn't have everything done that perhaps a service would.

Other than the obvious that I have done myself, what does a service actually get done. And are there any risks with letting a garage pull things about?

Very cautious about letting garages get hold of my Rover, you can probably tell.


Cheers.

p.s any recommendations on garages, prices etc. Most appreciated.
brake fluid needs changing every two years, surely.

As said, I imagine the Haynes manual sets it out. I do hope you aren't proud of not having done something you should have done! ;)
 

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brake fluid needs changing every two years, surely.

As said, I imagine the Haynes manual sets it out. I do hope you aren't proud of not having done something you should have done! ;)
I asure you I am only proud of what I achive with hardly any prior knowledge my friend.


If I were to take my vehicle to a garage for a full service, costing hundreds of pounds would changing the brake fluid be in the schedule?

As I have only seen the simple things listed that I think anybody can do.
 

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i go by the simple principal of when the value of the car is less than the cost of a full service including plug change at a garage do it yourself :)

now considering the price crash on mg-r's :) then yeah you're probably better off doing it yourself :)
 

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If I were to take my vehicle to a garage for a full service, costing hundreds of pounds would changing the brake fluid be in the schedule?
I very much doubt it!

If you are referring to the same local specialist in the Sittingbourne/Medway area then I would do it yourself and save money and grief!

We are never going to take any of our cars there any more after our last dealings with them!
 

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Looking at my local garage who are mg-rover enthusiasts, they want £100 to do just a oil and filter change! Am I being old fashions when i think they clean the injectors and look at the cap etc?

There pulling your leg mate - my local garage do oil and filter change for me every year at MOT on a V6 and just charge parts so it comes out around £40 area (fully synth oil) - injector clean isnt part of the service schedual its mainly strip and clean breakes change oil and oir,oil,pollen,fuel filters plugs at a major service - coolanty change and break fluid change are all extra but need doing every 6 years ish
 
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