Understanding The Importance Of Having a Regular Car Service

We will look at the context behind the importance in having a regular car service. Clarifying the benefits to you, the driver and for your car.

In this article we will look at the context behind the importance in having a regular car service. Also, to clarify emphasis of the benefits to you, the driver and for your car.

On a cold winters morning the school run or dash to get to work on time can be chaotic and stressful at the best of times. Imagine the added inconvenience of reversing out your drive and the engine cutting out and in addition you notice one or two warning lights illuminating on the dashboard.

Benefits of having a regular car service

There are many benefits of servicing your car regularly. If you maintain your car correctly it will not only ensure faults can be detected before they get worse, but it will keep your car running efficiently and safely. Any required repairs can be picked up on service checks and you can then arrange repairs at a time to suit you, rather than having a later journey disrupted. Car servicing plays a vital role in maintaining the reliability of your vehicle.

During your car service a qualified and experienced technician will inspect your vehicles safety critical components such as brakes, steering, suspension, lights, window washer and wipers just to name a few. They will also check the condition of the tyres and their tread depth and pressure. This will ensure the car is both safe for you and your passengers.

Save Significant Amounts of Money & Time With Servicing

Regular car servicing can save you a significant amount of cash, as a well-maintained vehicle can run more efficiently and use less fuel, saving you a significant amount of cash over time. There are vital serviceable items that need changing like engine oil, oil filter, air filter, fuel filter and spark plugs (on petrol engines). Replacing these parts will allow your car to run more smoothly as well as extend the life of your engine and inevitability your car.

A good service history will increase the resale value of your car, service history is a key selling point for a purchaser because it proves the vehicle has been maintained correctly. Additionally regular car servicing of a brand-new vehicle is often a contractual requirement for the manufacturer’s warranty to be valid.

Car servicing frequency is dependent on the make and model of your car, but manufacturers usually recommend a service every 12,000 miles or every year, whichever comes first. There are some variations on the mileage aspect but regardless of mileage you should definitely book a car service at least once a year.

But I Don’t Drive Many Miles In My Car

Regardless of your annual mileage you still need to have a car service. In fact, those short, small journeys impact your engine just as much as long, high mileage ones.

Every time you start the engine, the oil is working hard to protect its components. Engine oil ages, over time the essential additives used in it decrease, deposits from the engine go into it and the oil filter still has to work to keep the oil filtered.

It is vital to maintain the safety standards of your car and in the long run will save you money, failing to service your vehicle each year to save a few pounds really is a false economy, something will inevitably fail and it will be a lot more expensive to fix than it would have been had it been picked up during a car service. It is also a massive inconvenience.

What Is Involved In Car Servicing

Following vehicle manufacturers service specifications, on a full service, your car undergoes a rigorous 108-point check to identify any areas of concern. It is not just about replacing oil and filters, but also a comprehensive, thorough examination of your car takes place. This is essential to identify any problems or repairs needed, also to advise on anything to monitor or repair in the future, enabling you to plan this into your budget and busy schedules.

However, replacing oil and filters is vitally important – Key Purposes.

Engine oil – Regularly changing the oil helps keep your engine clean as it lubricates the engine and collects residue that has accumulated over time. During this process, the residue is removed with the oil through the oil filter, so it is vital to remove the old oil and replace the filter to avoid additional build-up. Sludgy oil will block internal engine components like the oil pump resulting in engine failure.

Oil filter – If the filter is blocked, the clean oil cannot do its job. Soon your engine is running sludge through the system. The engine parts will not be lubricated and over time will grind against each other and overheat, resulting in engine failure. Prevention of this is to change the oil filter every time the oil is changed.

Air filter – A dirty or damaged air filter limits the quantity of air flowing into your vehicle’s engine, making it work harder and using more fuel. So, it makes sense to replace your air filters and increase fuel efficiency regularly.

Fuel filter – The benefits of changing fuel filters are improved fuel flow, prevention of fuel injector damage, unobstructed fuel flow, longevity of fuel system components, protection against contaminants and prevention of fuel system corrosion.

Pollen filter – Your pollen filter is there to help you by cleaning the air that comes into your car. If it is no longer working properly, then it could lead to allergens, particulates or even moulds getting into your cabin while you are driving, which you then breathe in.

Spark plugs – If they are not working properly, your car’s performance (and fuel economy) will suffer. That is why it is important to replace your spark plugs at regular intervals. Depending on your car and driving habits, this interval can be 30,000 to 100,000 miles. Modern cars are sometimes fitted with iridium spark plugs which are long life. If a spark plug fails it will cause an engine running problem.

In addition to regular car servicing items there are other recommended maintenance items.

We highlight these items where possible when your vehicle is in our workshop for servicing to enable you to get them actioned.

Brake fluid change – Every 2-3 years you should have a brake fluid change. This involves flushing the system and replacing with new fluid. Brake fluid is hydroscopic which means in the heating and cooling process, it absorbs water. When the level of water in the fluid is too high, it is not efficient and can cause safety issues with the brake hydraulic system. It also can cause parts to corrode. Prevent this by changing the fluid every 2-3 years.

Coolant/antifreeze change – Antifreeze and engine coolant are the same thing and provide a dual benefit for your car, helping to regulate the temperature of your engine. Antifreeze provides protection for your engine during the winter months from extreme cold temperatures. If the fluids in your engine were to freeze it could cause severe damage and crack the engine block. The coolant can become more acidic over time and lose its rust-inhibiting properties, causing corrosion. Corrosion can damage the radiator, water pump, thermostat, radiator cap, hoses and other parts of the cooling system, as well as to the vehicle heater system resulting in overheating. It is important to have the correct ratio to provide protection. It is recommended to be changed every 2-3 years.

Air conditioning service – helps to keep the system working efficiently all year round and can actually help save you money on fuel and repairs. The service checks the system is vacuumed and can help to detect any leaks. It is recommended your vehicle air conditioning system is re-gassed and serviced every 2 years.

Your vehicle may be fitted with specific additive systems. These should be re-filled and maintained as per manufacturers guidance.

In addition there are other maintenance repairs to consider. Timing belts have recommended change intervals. On some vehicles there are additional items like auxiliary belts and tensioners that require changing. Please refer to your manufacturers servicing schedule.

Competitive Car Service Costs

At K-Tech we offer competitive prices on car service and maintenance. If your car is due a service, please book in. Our online booking service is very convenient, or you can contact us on 01256 358222.