Another year

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On Monday I put my vehicle in for its annual MOT test. I have driven less than four thousand miles since my last MOT test in this vehicle so I expected it to sail through this time. Thankfully it did. It has been 14 months since I had the vehicle serviced at the same service station (they checked their records for me) and similarly I have not driven four thousand miles since then either, in fact the mileage on this vehicle is still less than 16 thousand miles after four years on the road! The guy at the station asked me when it was last serviced but I couldn’t remember because I look more to the mileage when thinking about servicing. Of course these places would have me servicing the vehicle once or twice a year irrespective of the mileage! According to the manufacturer, Peugeot, the maintenance interval is 12 thousand miles but nevertheless I have had it serviced twice since new at 6 thousand mile intervals, mainly for oil and filter changes. It is a diesel engine so it will be less prone to the same wear as a petrol engine would be but for peace of mind I like to change the oil more often. There is a minor oil leak, very minor really but I will be taking the vehicle back within the next month or two to have it checked out. So now I have another twelve months ‘free’ motoring! Not exactly free though is it? It will be free from requiring official documentation replacement that’s all. When I take my vehicle in for its MOT test I generally wait at the station until it is done, no so when it is having a service though for that takes much more time to complete. This time whilst waiting, a young woman came in asking if they could check her oil as she thought it had all drained out. Having driven from Liverpool some twenty or more miles away I said that her engine would have seized-up had she no oil at all in the sump. It turned out that in fact half of the oil had drained out, evidently through a loose oil filter. She told me that she never checks anything under the bonnet except maybe the water reservoir for her screen wash! I thought that these days it was a requirement to know what goes on under the bonnet as part of the driving test.

Shirley Anne

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