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Offline davidenco

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18000 mile service due - can I do this myself?
« on: August 18, 2014, 09:15:05 pm »
My Abarth 500 is due it's 18K mile service now but I'm reluctant to pay for someone to do it for me when I can quite easily do it myself. I would still have to source and purchase the parts.

Could I do it myself or would it void the warranty? Bear in mind the car is in its 3rd year so only has the dealership warranty, if that makes a difference?

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    Offline benn

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    Re: 18000 mile service due - can I do this myself?
    « Reply #1 on: August 18, 2014, 09:40:52 pm »
    If its still under warranty then it would probably best you got someone to do it, it doesn't have to be Abarth though. A vat registered garage still counts.

    Although 3rd year warranty doesn't count for much I believe? Someone else will confirm.

    I know what you mean about doing it yourself though, its not exactly difficult.

    Offline davidenco

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    Re: 18000 mile service due - can I do this myself?
    « Reply #2 on: August 18, 2014, 09:59:32 pm »
    The only thing is the last time I took it for warranty work to the dealer, they did carry out work on the car even though it was within the 3rd year and also pointed out the rear shock was faulty and could also be replaced under warranty. I've not had this done yet, so I suppose it would be safer to get someone else to do the work.

    Also regarding the parts, I only want to do an oil change and air filter change. For the oil, I looked up the car on Opie Oils website and got these results:

    http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-2355-lookup-results.aspx?vehicleid=14414&variantlist=114050:0,114059:0,114082:0,121650:0,114050:0,114059:0,114082:0,121650:0

    Any idea which one I need?

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    Re: 18000 mile service due - can I do this myself?
    « Reply #3 on: August 19, 2014, 12:52:56 pm »
    All of them are great brands really so pick which ever you please.

    Offline Ricey155

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    Re: 18000 mile service due - can I do this myself?
    « Reply #4 on: August 19, 2014, 01:07:55 pm »
    I've used the Titan race stuff - its oil seems to work :-)
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    Offline Ashway

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    Re: 18000 mile service due - can I do this myself?
    « Reply #5 on: August 19, 2014, 08:07:42 pm »
    The only thing is the last time I took it for warranty work to the dealer, they did carry out work on the car even though it was within the 3rd year and also pointed out the rear shock was faulty and could also be replaced under warranty. I've not had this done yet, so I suppose it would be safer to get someone else to do the work.

    Also regarding the parts, I only want to do an oil change and air filter change. For the oil, I looked up the car on Opie Oils website and got these results:

    http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-2355-lookup-results.aspx?vehicleid=14414&variantlist=114050:0,114059:0,114082:0,121650:0,114050:0,114059:0,114082:0,121650:0

    Any idea which one I need?

    if they've offered to replace the shock under warranty why didn't you have it done?  i would have
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    Offline sjs202

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    Re: 18000 mile service due - can I do this myself?
    « Reply #6 on: August 20, 2014, 12:37:40 am »
    Personally I would rather have a garage do the bigger services.  Although you can do the key service items yourself, you wouldn't be able to do other checks that they would easily do as a matter of course on the ramps, as you can't always see very well with the car on the floor.  You also wouldn't be able to check the fault codes, which they would also normally do.

    What you could try is do the service items yourself, depending on what's required (oil, filter, plugs, pollen filter, brake fluid etc.), then take it along to get a general check over?  This is the approach I might take for the service and mot in November - with the exception of the brake fluid change (I don't like touching brakes).  I'll give him a list of what's been done and he can do the rest and mot.