What’s included in a log book service?

Regular vehicle maintenance is important: there’s no arguing with that. Leaving a service or repair too long often leads to more serious and expensive issues with your car, and this is why manufacturers recommend regular log book services and specify the dates when you should get them. So, what’s included in a log book service?

What’s a log book service?

Basically, it’s a regular service that is conducted according to the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications and recorded in a log book. Those specifications relate to inspecting, fixing and/or replacing fluids and parts at the intervals of time recommended by the manufacturer to keep the car working efficiently and smoothly. 

Every vehicle, especially commercial ones, come with a book for this purpose, and we recommend you keep it handy in the glovebox so you and the auto technician know exactly where to find it.

What’s included in a log book service?

Different vehicles will have different manufacturer specifications about the timing and agenda for each service, but each one generally includes the following.

Log book service - refilling fluids

Checking, repairing or replacing:

  • Brake pads
  • Steering and suspension, including wheel alignment and shock absorbers
  • Oil filter
  • Tyre pressure
  • Fan belt
  • Headlights, brake lights, indicator lights
  • Car battery

Checking and refilling bonnet fluids, such as:

  • Transmission fluid
  • Wiper fluid
  • Engine oil

They also commonly include registration checks and road checks.

Why should you get one?

Keeping up to date with your log book service schedule is often a minimum requirement from car dealers to keep a vehicle covered under the warranty. Having a record of services and the exact tasks undertaken shows dealerships that your car has been maintained exactly as the manufacturer specified for optimal performance.

According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, you don’t have to go to your vehicle manufacturer’s service centre to maintain your warranty – you can choose a more convenient service centre authorised under it. 

These services – like all regular vehicle maintenance – also help to preserve your car’s resale value.

 

Time for a service? We’re here to help. Drop into your local Express Lube Auto Service Centre for a log book service with a trusted mechanic – no bookings required!