Car servicing: A comprehensive overview

Last updated on November 23, 2023
Car servicing is an important part of owning and maintaining a safe and roadworthy vehicle. Performing regular maintenance on your car also helps it last longer, keep its resale value, and be as fuel efficient as possible. The information in this article is for traditional cars with combustion engines. If you have an electric vehicle or are interested in learning about the difference in service requirements, see our article Top tips to maintain your EV.
Vehicle service technician inspecting car motor

During a service, key tasks are completed to keep your car in optimal working condition. They include the following checks.

Your engine oil and oil filter need to be changed regularly to remove any dirt and other contaminants. This prevents excessive wear on your engine.

Essential fluids, such as coolant, brake fluid, windscreen washer fluid, and power steering fluid are checked during a car service and topped up as needed to maintain their proper levels.

Along with brake fluid levels, the brake pads and rotors on your vehicle are checked for wear and tear and replaced as needed.

A car service includes an inspection of the suspension and steering components to look for any signs of wear, and to allow for timely repairs.

As the connectors between your vehicle and the road, it’s essential that your tyres are checked during servicing to make sure they’re in good shape and inflated to the correct pressure. This can increase the life of your tyres and reduce fuel consumption.

Tyres wear differently depending on where they’re placed on your vehicle. Having them rotated during a service can reduce uneven wear and help extend the life of your tyres.

Different factors such as the climate and vehicle usage can influence how long a car battery will last.

During a car service, the battery will be checked for health and charge level to avoid unexpected breakdowns and to ensure your car starts reliably.

If your battery needs replacing, you can save money by replacing your battery yourself. Our step-by-step car battery replacement guide shows you how to safely change your car battery at home.

A thorough check of all exterior and interior lights typically includes the headlights, taillights, indicators, and brake lights.

This is an important safety requirement to meet road regulations.

The air filter is inspected and cleaned or replaced if needed to make sure that proper airflow is maintained to the engine. This helps with vehicle performance and fuel efficiency.

Spark plugs, which are responsible for igniting the fuel-air mixture in the engine, are replaced at recommended intervals to keep everything working smoothly.

Regular car servicing is an important part of keeping your vehicle in top condition, ensuring it runs reliably, smoothly, and safely on the road.

Some of the key benefits of regular servicing are listed below.

By identifying and addressing potential issues before they become a problem, regular servicing helps prevent unexpected issues that could compromise your safety while driving.

Regular maintenance prevents inconvenient breakdowns and emergency repairs, saving you money in the long run.

For example, a small oil leak might seem insignificant initially, but if left unaddressed it can lead to engine damage that requires costly repairs or even a complete engine replacement.

Regularly maintaining your car helps you keep on top of any issues and take pre-emptive steps to look after the components of your car. This can prolong the lifespan of your vehicle.

When everything is well maintained, your vehicle can run at its maximum efficiency, which provides better performance and fuel economy.

A documented service history demonstrates that your car has been well cared for, making it more attractive to potential buyers and potentially improving the resale value.
Regular car servicing not only helps to keep you and your passengers safe, it’s also an investment in the fuel efficiency and the longevity of your car.

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