A 4WD (4-wheel drive) is a vehicle that is mostly used for off-road driving because it is built in a way that prevents it from getting stuck on muddy, snowy, rocky or uneven road surfaces. To achieve this, 4WD vehicles have large wheels with treads that offer great traction, strong suspension and springs to create ample ground clearance and a comfortable ride and transmission power that is split into both the front and rear axles (if, for example, the front tyres get stuck in the mud, the rear tyres can push your car out of the mud). Here are some important things you should know about 4WD services:
Standard Service Requirements
Just like standard vehicles (2WDs), 4WD vehicles require services after covering a particular distance. For example, filter and oil changes, transmission inspection and maintenance, fluid inspections and top-ups, engine checks, wear and tear checks, etc. Such servicing ensures your 4WD vehicle remains in great condition for the longest time possible.
It is important that you also check whether the 4WD servicing workshop offers service for vehicles under warranty. You do not want to void your warranty by using an unqualified workshop. To know that you are dealing with the right workshop, check whether they have indicated the make and model of the vehicles they service, they have a consulting service, they are licensed and they are recommended by manufacturers or other people in forums, review websites and social media.
Since you might be carrying some heavy commodities, GVM upgrade services are performed, but they have to be in accordance with the manufacturer of your 4WD. GVM simply stands for gross vehicle mass, which is the weight of your vehicle plus whatever you are carrying, which includes passengers.
4WD vehicles also require some accessories that are most useful in remote areas that have off-roads. Accessorising 4WD vehicles is also a service offered by 4WD servicing workshops. You might require bull bars, winches, underbody protection, rear bars, floor and roof consoles, rear sliding windows, long-range fuel tanks, recovery gear or snorkels. You might also want communication devices installed in your truck to help you call for help in case of any problems encountered in areas without network coverage.
Advice and Consultation
If you find such a service being offered by a 4WD workshop, know that it has a lot of experience in the 4WD make and model it handles. Make use of such a service to help you know the exact services you need and thus save money in the long run by avoiding unnecessary services.