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Hi, I've a T5 on 120k and it had its long life service in Jan 2019. since then Ive done approximately 3k & as you would expect the service
notice has just come back on (12 month). should i get it serviced of simply hang it out for another year ? seems excessive for 3k of mileage.
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At the very least you should swap the oil and filter out as they deteriorate over time, so where as you're not doing the miles, time still takes a toll.
 

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Agreed - mine does only ~5k miles a year, but it gets an "interim" oil+filter change by me every year that it's not going into the garage for a full service. While I'm there I take a quick look over the other filters, to check if any visibly need changing, plus a glance at brake pads and other fluid levels.
 

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Agreed - mine does only ~5k miles a year, but it gets an "interim" oil+filter change by me every year that it's not going into the garage for a full service. While I'm there I take a quick look over the other filters, to check if any visibly need changing, plus a glance at brake pads and other fluid levels.
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My now camper conversion did 60K in it's first three years of life as a van, now it does about 3k a year so I just switched it over from the long life services. Now it has it's annual service oil/filter change and whatever else it needs. Don't forget to get the brake fluid changed every 2 or 3 years as that is hygroscopic and will deteriorate. My local independent garage doesn't charge much for the oil change.
 

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Sounds like the engine has been given long life oil, but the service indicator is set to alert you after fixed time/distance.
Proper Longlife 3 oil shouldn't need changing after 3k miles and 12 months..!!
 

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Don't forget to get the brake fluid changed every 2 or 3 years as that is hygroscopic and will deteriorate.
Whilst changing brake fluid does need to be done occasionally, it is unlikely to need change anywhere near that often. Those regular changes in the service schedules are mainly to keep dealer revenues flowing. There is also a test that good specialists use to measure water content.
 
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