Keeping your car in a good condition keeps you safe on the road. It can also save you heaps of money in the long-term. Prevention is 1000 times better than cure when it comes to your vehicle. Basic maintenance is cheaper than the major repairs, usually caused by neglect.
Car’s service manual is full of handy information and tips. Few important details that a car’s manual include are, how to check tyre pressure, which fluids to top up and how often, what to do when your engine overheats and how to change the bulbs in your blinker lights. It guides you to perform basic maintenance jobs on the car in the correct way.
Vehicle technology overtime:
Vehicle technology has improved drastically overtime. Car engines are far more advanced than they were few decades ago. Though the modern engines are more complex still the list of simple things to do to keep it running right are largely the same as they were half a century ago.
Some garages also call a major service as a master service or a gold service. A major service is of the highest level in terms of car servicing packages available. The recommendation is to have a major car service every 24 months or every 24,000 miles. This is one of the most important services that your car will receive. It is essentially a complete overall check of the vehicle which is necessary after 24,000 miles of driving. This is because at this point certain parts of the car will have experienced wear and tear or damage over time.
Different garages name their service plans differently. Do not confuse yourself with that. Just think of your car servicing in terms of your miles or the number of months from your previous service. To see what the garage is including in their service packages, always remember to check your quote. It is really that simple.
Everything which contributes a full service is in a major car service. This also includes even more in-depth checks like spark plugs, brake fluid, suspension and fuel filter checks.
What does a Major Car Service consists of?
A major service includes replacing transmission and differential oils. These oils lubricate the ring and pinion gears that transfer power from the driveshaft to the wheel axles.
Checking and replacing brake and clutch fluid, adjusting tappet clearance to make sure the most important parts in your engine keep running in optimal condition, checking and replacing wheel bearing grease, to name a few are amongst the additional items to check as a part of the major service.
You can count on a major service after two minor ones, so about every three year or 30,000km. This is usually also the right time to think about replacing spark plugs. Another example can be cabin and fuel filters and timing belts. Your logbook can tell you exactly when these services are necessary.