03-08-2018, 02:44 AM
Join Date: Feb 2012
If you are going on a long road trip, I would get them to do the usual service items such as change the engine oil, oil filter, fuel filter and air filter.
Check the condition of the ignition points and replace if pitted. Check the ignition timing and grease the distributor cam. Probably worth replacing the spark plugs if they have been in over 10,000 miles. Has the timing belt been changed? Usually should be done around 100,000 km.
Grease the drive shaft sliding splines and the universal joints if they have grease nipples - some don't.
Get them to check and top up the oil levels in the gearbox, transfer box, steering box and both front and rear differentials. Check for any play in the steering and in the suspension.
Also get them to check the coolant and the condition and tension of the fan belt. Also check the radiator hoses for leaks and cracks. Tighten the clips on the hoses.
If they have the fan belt off, it is a good time to check the water pump bearings for wear as well as the alternator bearings.
Check the hydraulic brake fluid level and condition.
While they have the vehicle up on the hoist, get them to check for any play or noise in the wheel bearings that could suggest a wheel bearing heading for failure.
Look at the tyres including the spare for any cuts or damage and check for correct tyre pressures.
Take some engine oil and some coolant. Rubber tape for leaking hoses is useful.