Oh, the cars of today! What features do they not have?
Most modern vehicles today pop a light up on the dashboard to remind you that your car is due for a service, but what if your car is a few years old and doesn’t include these awesome features?
Moreover, there’s a more question we have to ask, what happens if you don’t get your vehicle serviced on time? Is there a benefit to getting your vehicle serviced regularly?
The easiest way to find out how often you should service your vehicle, is to inspect the owner’s manual. There will be a section in the rear of the manual that comes with your car, or in a separate book, which lists all the service intervals and which service operations are required to be carried out. And if you do not have access to your vehicle’s logbook, the basic rule is every 10,000 km or 6 months, whichever occurs first.
Even if you are not doing the kilometres, it’s still important to service your car regularly, as most fluids in your vehicle are vulnerable to moisture and need to be inspected and replaced at specific intervals.
What can happen if I don’t service my vehicle on time, you ask?
One answer: The drawbacks are many.
Reduced fuel economy, poor driving feel and even major mechanical failure are all possible if regular maintenance is not carried out. Modern engine oils contain cleaning agents which help keep the inside of the engine in good condition, but the oil slowly deteriorates the longer it is used. Failing to change this oil causes the passageways inside the engine to block up with carbon deposits and increases wear on the internal components of the engine.
Brake fluid is another component that needs to be checked and replaced regularly, as it absorbs moisture from the air, which reduces the performance of the braking system. Most manufacturers recommend flushing the braking system every 2 years, regardless of distance traveled.
Continuous stop-start driving such as courier or constant inner city driving, or towing a heavy load, or continuous high-speed driving puts more stress on an automobile’s components, and the ones operated in these conditions require more frequent maintenance check-ups to keep them running efficiently.
Increasing the service operations to every 5,000 km or every 3 months, and replacing its fluids once a year increases the protection of major components under these operating conditions and make your car healthier than ever!
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