5 Things That You Should Regularly Have Serviced In Your Car

There are two kinds of people in the world – those who obsess over every square inch of their car and those who do not. Those who don’t often do little to no maintenance on their cars, leaving all of that for six month or yearly services. The truth is that there’s certain parts of your vehicle that should be serviced more regularly than others. What are they? Read on to find out.

1. Brakes

For obvious reasons, your brakes are among your car’s most important components. Troublingly, brakes are often overlooked by those who aren’t well trained in the art of vehicle maintenance because they take longer to show signs of wear. Failure to replace worn brake pads increases the risk of brake failure. Brake failure accounts for a surprising number of accidents every year and is one of the first things personal injury lawyers like Motor Accident Legal Service look for when gathering evidence.

2. Tyres

Tyres are another area that often go unchecked between major services. There’s a really easy way to know if you need new tyres. Once a month, simply take a (US penny/Australian 5c coin) and place it into the tyre tread. If you can see all of (Lincoln/Queen Elizabeth)’s head when placed head first into the tread, it’s time to get a new tire. Keep them properly inflated to reduce overall wear and tear and have them rotated during services.

3. Transmission fluid and filter

Transmission fluid should be checked monthly and topped up as required – leaving it to run out can cause major damage to your transmission and may affect your car’s ability to switch between gears. Have it changed once every three years, as dirty or old fluid can also hurt your transmission. Your filter should also be changed out by a professional every couple of years to keep the fluid clean and free of contaminants.

4. Engine coolant

Engine coolant is another important fluid that is frequently overlooked by those without much mechanical experience. Coolant allows your radiator to better regulate your engine’s running temperature, especially during the warmer months. For those who live in colder climates, the checking of antifreeze is also important. Antifreeze does exactly what it says on the tin – it keeps any part of the engine from seizing in colder weather. Failure to have these fluids checked regularly can result in damage to the vehicle’s water pump.

5. Oil

Oil changes are among the most common elements of any vehicle service – every service your car has ever had has likely included an oil change. It’s easy to keep it topped up yourself but it should be changed every 5000 to 10000km. Failure to do so may void the warranty on your engine.

Getting your car serviced regularly can seem like a hassle and a great way to spend a lot of money very quickly but it can save you from encountering much bigger, even more expensive mechanical woes later on should parts begin to wear out and need replacing. When was the last time you got a service? Do you do it yourself or do you take it to a professional? Share your mechanical experience in the comments below!

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