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Car manufacturers servicing recommendations

Posted on: April 17th, 2023 by NEAT

Car manufacturers servicing recommendations

The importance of keeping up to date with car manufacturers servicing recommendations. Lets be honest, the majority of people don’t take pleasure is paying a bill for their car. Even though most people rely on their vehicles so heavily every single day! Therefore, when it comes to servicing requirements, it’s easy to put it off. Thinking ‘Ahh well I haven’t had any issues with the gearbox, so why does it need servicing?’ The reason we should all keep up to date with the car manufacturers recommendations is to prevent issues arising. Potentially causing secondary issues within the car! The recommendations are there for a reason so let’s not put them off!

Transmission servicing

Transmission servicing covers your Gearbox, Haldex and Differential. They all have different advisories (I know, hard to remember when to MOT, never mind to service your Haldex) however its important to at least roughly stick to the guidelines. VAG advise every 38,000 miles for your gearbox. If not serviced essentially it will result in a huge increase in friction as the more viscous contaminated fluid is unable to lubricate the metal parts properly. Your previously smooth gear shifting will become clunky, sticky and could start to slip.

The Haldex servicing requirements are different depending on which you have. Gen 1-4 is advised every 38,000 miles and Gen 5 is advised every 20,000 miles. Gen 1-4 have a filter which is changed however, Gen 5 has a gauze filter which we remove along with the pump and clean before putting back together. You can tell which Generation you have by the year usually however there are some crossovers. If you’re unsure and require this service get in touch and we can help you out. Not having your Haldex service can literally stop it from working over time resulting in your 4-wheel drive vehicle having major problems. The only fix is a costly new Haldex and that will set you back a lot more than keeping on top of the servicing!

The Differential oil, Transfer box oil and Active diff services are all recommended at 38,000 miles.


Your Interim and Major servicing should generally be alternated and at 10,000 mile intervals/yearly. This includes your Oil, Fuel, Air and pollen filters. If you have a petrol vehicle with spark plugs these should be changed every 30,000 miles but this can change depending on your specific vehicle and driving style (You know who you are). If your vehicle is under warranty and something fails within the engine/gearbox and it is deemed to be due to poor or lack of servicing, be aware you may not be covered and will have to fork out for the repairs yourself.

Timing belt services are advised at 80,000 miles or 5 years, whichever comes first. Apart from the 1.0-1.5 Tsi engines, these are advised every 4 years regardless of milage. Not getting your timing servicing could have catastrophic consequences. When the timing belt breaks, the crankshaft will continue to spin, while the camshaft will stop turning. As a result, the pistons will continue to rise and fall in their cylinders and can, in some instances strike the valves. When this happens, the pistons, valves and cylinder heads will be damaged, and because it happens so quickly, the damage will be virtually instantaneous.


We then have your more basic servicing all regardless of mileage:

Brake fluid change – every 2 years

Coolant/anti freeze – every 5 years

Air con – every 2 years


Hopefully this gives you a brief overview of your VAG servicing requirements and how important they are! If you would like to book in you can contact us via Facebook, Our contact page or call us on 01642 613852.

Brake Fluid Servicing

Posted on: February 3rd, 2021 by NEAT

Our brake fluid servicing starts at £55 with the option to upgrade to Millers Oils Racing Brake Fluid.

We recommend carrying out a brake fluid service every 2 years, regardless of mileage. This is a preventative measure to ensure the correct running of your vehicle. Brake fluid is hygroscopic, which means it attracts moisture. As you can imagine that does not do your vehicle any favours. With many parts of the braking system being metal. It can lead to corrosion of the metal components if not regularly maintained.

Over time the brake fluid also becomes contaminated with metal particles, reducing the boiling point of the fluid and in turn reducing the braking power of the car.

The upgrade to using Millers Oils is beneficial as the it has a dry boiling point of up to 310 degrees. As opposed to the standard fluid minimum of 230 degrees. This in turn provides exceptional resistance to vapour locking and good compressibility for an improved brake feel. Brake fluids play a key role in driver experience and vehicle feedback. Therefore Millers Oils motorsport brake fluids maintain their viscosity even at high temperature and are robust against water absorption to ensure consistent performance.

Upgrade to Millers Oils for an extra £25.

Alternatively, you can purchase Millers Oils Racing Brake Fluid direct from our sister company VAG Performance here:

In addition to the above, find out what other services we carry out as well as Brake Fluid Servicing. Have a look through our additional services page here:

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