A full service and some additional work

30 Sep

Needed a full 12,000 mile service before my round trip to London. Inspection revealed that I also required a pair of front discs and pads, a tyre, tracking and all wheel balance too. A couple of other advisories , reminders really that I needed cam belt change soon and anti-freeze swap.  Had an Avon Cooper tyre fitted and all the work done but still to sort all the belts and pulleys being swapped. I had to make that London trip. So put in a full shot of Wynns DPF cleaner to help blast out the carbon build-up in the filter trap and topped up to full with 20 odd litres of BP Ultimate Diesel.

Now, you do have to pay a premium to buy BP Ultimate Diesel and I have to admit that having worked for this wonderful company that I am biased. I did spend some time at the old Sunbury on Thames engine wear research establishment many years ago and Boy ! was I impressed. So, I do not hesitate in recommending this fuel. My return trip and running around the capitol added almost 400 miles to the clock but my goodness what a smooth ride we had. A true, clinical improvement in performance and response and no sign of a DPF warning from the onboard diagnostics. This was whilst using a 50/50 mix of Sainsbury Diesel and BP Ultimate. I am going to fill the tank with 100% Ultimate next time ! Just to try it and prove it’s worth.

Also swapping back to a full oil sump of fully synthetic BP engine oil as soon as feasible. FI Autocentres could not really confirm what oil was fitted for my £135 ……………………..

BP synthetics help reduce the deposit build up in these Politically motivated carbon traps.

Click on this model truck for a delicious treat !

53,250 miles on first set of discs. Is this reasonable? Comments below please.

 

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4 Responses to “A full service and some additional work”

  1. Martin J McDowall October 1, 2017 at 10:42 am #

    Gross vehicle weight, Gross Train Weight ie, pulling a caravan, type of roads used regularly and driving style all play their part in Disc and Pad wear not to mention fitting genuine parts. I like to ensure my caravan damper and brakes are spot on as long distance touring and long winding slopes play their part in vehicle brake wear. Most of us hope we can get away with a set of cheap pads but in reality, especially with a laden leisure vehicle, it’s good practice to fit discs and pads if they are both getting nearer their serviceability. In reality, when they are ready to be changed they are ready, no matter the mileage covered. I think, all things being equal and, your combined usage, you’ve done fine. MMD.

    • Dinkum October 1, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

      Yes, I think that it’s acceptable. I know the newer (non-asbestos ) pads are more abrasive than the older stuff of my youth. I think it’s the Iron content that produces this.

  2. Daz v October 3, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    Ive done 76000 still on the original front discs had the pads changed of coarse bro.

    • Dinkum October 4, 2017 at 7:06 am #

      That’s making me think. My brother in law has done 85,000 miles on original discs in a Saab Turbo Estate. I thought that I was not heavy on my brakes !!!! I do tow the caravan though ?

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