Regular services are important for good car maintenance. In fact, they are mandatory. Both a major and minor service include an oil change, and oil filter replacement. Engine oil is crucial for engine functionality and must be changed every 10,000 km’s to 15,000 km’s (manufacture dependent).
Here is what a Service Includes and why it is so Important to Regularly Service Your Car
The most important part of a car service is the oil change. If you don’t regularly change your oil, sludge will build up making the oil gummy. This prevents the engine from being well lubricated and creates unnecessary friction – increasing wear and tear, plus generating excess heat. This is likely to result in engine failure and an expensive repair. Without oil, an engine would quickly seize up. The same goes for an engine with really dirty old oil that has lost its effectiveness. Avoid this problem with regular services or oil changes. Good clean oil provides for the best engine lubrication – keep it fresh!
Engine oil is not a substitute for your cars cooling system, but it does absorb and transfer heat in parts of the engine where the coolant cannot reach. Engine oil also cleans the engine by collecting all the dirt and gunk that builds up in an engine. Dirty oil is black with all the grime and gunk and is not effective at lubricating and absorbing heat. But draining the dirty oil means that all the bad stuff goes out. And with a minor service or oil change, your engine will have fresh clean oil that is fit for the job!
Also, ensure the correct type of oil specific to your car is used. And, USE A GOOD QUALITY OIL! Cheap poor quality oil might save you a little now but will cost you more in the long-run.
Oil filters help keep your oil clean and free of tiny hard particles. Left unfiltered, these hard particles will wear down engine components such as the oil pump and other bearing surfaces in the engine. Obviously, over time the oil filter builds up all the dirt and becomes blocked. So, replace it at every oil change or when you service your car.
Major services also include air filter replacements. A clean air filter will capture dirt and debris from the air, preventing these small particles from reaching the combustion chamber. The air filter clogs up with dirt over time, restricting the flow of air, making your engine work harder than it needs to.
Spark Plug Replacement
Your spark plugs are only replaced every second service interval i.e. at major services. Spark plugs lose effectiveness as they get old and dirt builds up. They are critical to the functioning of your engine as they provide the spark that ignites the fuel and air mixture inside your engines combustion chamber. Newer spark plugs also require less voltage prolonging the life of your cars battery.
Regular services mean that your engine runs much smoother and is more fuel efficient!
Our major and minor car service includes not only an oil change and filter replacement but also a comprehensive vehicle inspection, including safety checks. Michanic’s expert mechanics will check for any safety issues that need addressing such as wear and tear on suspension, steering and braking systems. The correct functioning of these components is critical to your cars road-worthiness. Plus, the safety of your passengers! Regular services and inspection can help prevent any major faults down the road.
Pay Attention to Your Service Schedule
The bottom line is that your engine needs to be serviced, regular oil changes and filter replacements (i.e minor service) will prolong the life of your car’s engine. If you don’t service your car regularly, your oil becomes dirty and can get blocked up losing it’s effectiveness. This means that your engine will have to work harder and without effective heat absorption your engine will run hot, resulting in major mechanical issues. This is why full-service history (FSH) is so important when selling a car. So, pay attention to your service schedule! Save yourself from major repair bills and service your car every 10,000 km’s to 15,000 km’s.
Book a Service now with Michanic and one of our trusted mechanic will come to your doorstep to service your car at a time that suits you! We understand that your car plays an important part of your daily life, transporting you and your loved ones. Michanic is dedicated to providing the most convenient services for our customers, so if you have any other questions or concerns regarding your car, feel free to talk to our customer service team through email at [email protected], or by phone on 087 803 9000.
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