Why you should ser­vice your car reg­u­larly

New Ross Standard - - CAR MAINTENANCE -

WE all want to save money and con­trol day-to-day mo­tor­ing costs, and one of the eas­i­est ways to achieve this is with a prop­erly main­tained car. Here are a few points to con­sider.

1) Ser­vic­ing is an in­te­gral part of car own­er­ship; a reg­u­lar ser­vice will not pre­vent your car from break­ing down, but it will cer­tainly help to re­duce the risk.

2) An NCT test is not a sub­sti­tute for a ser­vice, as it doesn’t in­clude an en­gine in­spec­tion and is only con­cerned with the safety of the car and whether it is road­wor­thy.

3) Oil is the blood of the en­gine, and a poorly ser­viced ve­hi­cle may have thicker than nor­mal oil, low oil lev­els or a cloggedup oil filter, all of which will limit your en­gine’s us­able life­span.

4) Air and fuel fil­ters are im­por­tant to re­duce for­eign par­ti­cles from en­ter­ing the en­gine’s com­pli­cated com­bus­tion process. With mod­ern en­gines, the sen­sors and valves are par­tic­u­larly sus­cep­ti­ble to poor ser­vice in­ter­vals, and re­plac­ing these can prove very ex­pen­sive in­deed.

5) In a ser­vice, the brakes and sus­pen­sion are all checked, the tyres are in­spected for safe tread depths and tyre pres­sures are tested to en­sure cor­rect in­fla­tion.

6) Lights, wipers and horn are also in­spected, whether it’s just an oil ser­vice or a full ser­vice the car should be thor­oughly checked over, en­sur­ing a clean bill of health and peace of mind.

7) It is im­por­tant that dur­ing a ser­vice the flu­ids are checked not just for the level but to en­sure there are no leaks on the pipes. Anti-freeze needs to be checked for its strength to en­sure it can cope with dip­ping tem­per­a­tures.

8) When it comes to sell­ing on the car, a good and com­pre­hen­sive ser­vice his­tory is a tick in the box for po­ten­tial buy­ers. No one wants to buy a car that has a patchy ser­vice his­tory.

9) Ser­vic­ing al­lows po­ten­tial prob­lems to be high­lighted be­fore they get too dan­ger­ous - a lot can hap­pen be­tween NCTs, so get­ting the ve­hi­cle ser­viced in be­tween could save you from a po­ten­tial ac­ci­dent or a pre­ma­ture break­down. 10) By hav­ing a yearly ser­vice and in­spec­tion your car’s econ­omy can be im­proved, a poorly run­ning en­gine will use more fuel. Re­mem­ber, it’s a false econ­omy to skimp on your ve­hi­cle’s main­te­nance, so in 2015 keep to your ser­vice sched­ule to en­sure re­li­a­bil­ity now and into the fu­ture.

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