If you are a car owner, maintenance is part and parcel of the package and not something you can afford to overlook. Whether you run a petrol, diesel or hybrid car, your vehicle needs to be serviced according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and with that in mind, here are a few of the tasks to be carried out when your car is serviced.
- Engine oil replacement – Every 5,000 miles or so, the engine oil needs to be replaced with the same grade oil. The oil filter is also replaced, as this device catches small slivers of metal and stops them from damaging the engine.
- Belt inspection – All engines use rubber belts to drive the various components and these belts need to be inspected for signs of wear and tear and tensioned correctly using an adjustable lever.
- Fluid levels – Engine coolant, brake, clutch and power steering oil all need to be checked and if needed, a new clutch cost in Sandhurst might be in order. The reservoirs are located in different locations under the bonnet and are easily topped up when needed.
- Brake pads – They need to be checked at every service and most last for 40-50,000 miles, depending on your driving habits. If your brakes feel spongy, there could be air trapped in the system and your local garage can take a look.
- Steering & shock absorbers – The mechanic would take the car out for a spin to see how the steering and suspension perform, plus he would have a look when the car is on the ramp.
Make sure that the owner’s manual is updated after each service, as this can affect the value of the car when you decide to sell it.