For many people, their car is an essential part of everyday life. It gets them to and from work and school, helps them run errands, and to attend social events. We don’t want to be left in the lurch without one! One key way to keep your vehicle in top condition is to schedule a car service regularly, as your mechanic likely often reminds you. But how often should you be doing this?
Each vehicle will have a service interval specified by the manufacturer, but we’re here to give you a brief outline of what you should expect from a service and what might happen if you go too long without one.
What are the different types of car services?
It can be difficult to know which service to get for your car. Manufacturers generally recommend an interim service every 10,000km or 6 months, a general service every 20,000km or 12 months, and a full service every 40,000km or 24 months. Here is a breakdown of what you can expect during each one of these services, though this may vary depending on your situation.
An interim service is a good way to check for any small issues that might be occurring with your car. During an interim service, we will usually:
• Change oil and oil filter
• Check brake pads
• Check type pressure and wear
• Check lights
• Check brake pads
A general service, performed once yearly, is a more in-depth inspection of your car’s internal workings, which can save you from a costly issue down the line. As well as all the interim services, a general service includes:
• Refilling brake fluid
• Replacing the spark plugs
• Aligning the wheels
• Testing coolant
• Adjusting the suspension
Once every two years, your car should have an in-depth inspection to find any hidden issues and resolve them, as some car parts and systems take a long time to degrade. Along with everything listed above, a full service includes:
• Replacing all drive belts
• Changing air filters
• Checking full engine health
• Testing the battery
What happens if you don’t service your car?
Servicing your car might seem like a bit of a pain – it can be costly, time-consuming and, besides, your car is driving just fine! But there are often hidden problems you won’t be able to detect until it’s too late. Failing to get your car serviced can:
• Void your warranty
• Cause a breakdown due to old oil clogging up machinery
• Deem your car to be not ‘road-worthy’ and earn you a hefty fine
• Devalue your car and cause its’ resale value to plummet
• Increase your risk for accidents due to worn tires, failing brakes, overheating etc.
Getting your car serviced isn’t just good for your car, it can also save you money and keep you from injury!
So now you know how often to service your car, what your service will include and the potential risks of skipping a service.
If you live in the Gladstone region and you’re overdue for a car service and, get in touch with us at GMW Mechanical & Towing today on 07 4973 5735 or contact us online and a member of our friendly staff will be able to assist.