Car Servicing and What to Expect

17th March 2014
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Car servicing is an important part of being a car owner – making sure that your vehicle is regularly serviced will not only help it to run at optimum performance and optimum efficiency it could also help to save you a pretty packet over the long term. Well serviced cars are also much safer with any potential dangerous defects hopefully being spotted before they cause any trouble.

So what should you expect when you take your car for servicing? Many garages will offer a selection of car servicing options from a simple oil change, interim service or a full service with all the trimmings.

Oil Service – helps your car to run smoothly and efficiently and is definitely advisable before embarking upon any sort of long journey. This should include an oil change, oil filter change plus a check on the tyres, wipers, lights and battery. This type of car servicing should include things like windscreen washer, brake fluid and power steering.

Interim Service – is generally carried out 6 monthly or every 6,000 miles. It’s just a kind of check up to make sure that everything is working as it should between the full, annual service.

Full Car Service – is necessary every 12 months or 12,000 miles. It is important that this type of service is carried out by a fully trained service mechanic who can help to spot potential problems and save future costs. Experienced car servicing mechanics will have a comprehensive checklist of things which need to be checked during a full car service to ensure that the vehicle is safe and running at maximum efficiency.

Some of the things which may not be checked or replaced at an interim service but will be at a full car service include replacing the air filter, checking and replacing spark plugs (if necessary) and checking for leaks in the engine coolant system.