If you have been following my previous blogs, and Facebook page, you will, by now, understand that there are many basic maintenance checks that you can perform yourself on your own vehicle and how important that maintenance is. What about the maintenance that you aren’t able to do?
Are you aware of the importance of regular vehicle maintenance. If you answer NO then read on to understand why regular vehicle servicing and maintenance is so important. If you answer YES, then consider reading on to help clear up a few areas that you may not have realised.
It is true that the average Joe can perform their own vehicle servicing, however, I can tell you from experience that it is extremely hard to properly carry out a vehicle service on the driveway of your home and do all the necessary checks to make sure you car is safe to drive another day.
- FROM LITTLE THINGS BIG THINGS GROW.
- GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR FUEL.
- KEEP YOUR PERFORMANCE AT IT’S PEAK.
- SAFER ROADS NEED SAFER CARS.
- YOU MAY BE MORE OF AN ENVIRONMENTALIST THAN A “GREENIE”.
- LET YOUR CONFIDENCE TAKE YOU THERE.
1. FROM LITTLE THINGS BIG THINGS GROW.
One of the major benefits of regular vehicle serving and maintenance is the ability to have small, almost insignificant, issues located before those issues become large and expensive repairs.
For example, sometimes a leak in your cars cooling system may not be leaving a pool of coolant on the garage floor, so you may not even realise that there is a problem starting to rear its ugly head. The leak may be presenting as a corrosion/crusty/powder build up around the end of the radiator hose. Major issue? Not yet, but it is a sign to rectify the problem before it loses all its coolant, or blows a radiator hose, and leads to expensive cylinder head repairs or even engine replacement.
There are countless other minor issues that can be identified during a regular service, and acted upon accordingly, to help prevent major extensive and expensive car and engine damage.
2. GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR FUEL.
There are a number of factors that can influence fuel economy, from overloading your car, towing a trailer, or even carrying a load on your roof racks. Correct engine tune and maintenance will also have a major impact on fuel economy figures, as does tyre wear, condition and pressure. Tyre pressure that is too low increases the rolling resistance of a tyre and increased resistance does fuel economy absolutely no favours.
Keeping the engine running at its best will allow fuel economy to be the best it can be. Regular servicing, in conjunction with a proper maintenance schedule, will have the serviceable parts and areas replaced or maintained at regular intervals to keep your cars performance, at its peak. Parts like spark plugs, fuel filters and air filters, to name a few, should be all changed regularly to help keep your fuel bill as low as possible.
3. KEEP YOUR PERFORMANCE AT ITS PEAK.
It is hard to run a marathon if you just sit on the couch eating pizza and potato chips and avoid exercise, so how can you expect your car to perform well if the servicing is next to nonexistent.Failing to change the engine oil and oil filter regularly can lead to premature engine failure. Think of it this way, if the blood in your cardiovascular system, in your body, is carrying a number of blood clots, then it is only a matter of time before you suffer a stroke or heart attack and your vehicles’ engine is no exception.Having a dirty and clogged air filter effectively leaves your vehicles’ engine wheezing like an asthmatic during a dust storm, it is near impossible to breathe. Regular vehicle servicing and maintenance will ensure that these parts, and more not mentioned, are routinely replaced to keep your vehicles performance at its peak.
4. SAFER ROADS NEED SAFER CARS.
Many of us drive our cars each and every day, to and from work, doing the school run even travelling on a holiday, so making sure your car is safe for the roads is important.Regular servicing should include, at the very minimum, a visual inspection of your vehicle to pin point any possible safety concerns that may be either present or about to arise. Brakes, steering, suspension, wheels and tyres, to name a few, are all areas that affect the safety of, not only you and your car, but also your passengers, pedestrians and other road users.
5. YOU MAY BE MORE OF AN ENVIRONMENTALIST THAN A ‘GREENIE’.
Over the years cars have been a major cause of damage to the environment due to the nature of the internal combustion engine. After all the old combustion engine and its’ variants, Spark Ignition (Petrol) and Compression Ignition (Diesel), release a number of harmful gases out into the atmosphere, these include, but are not limited to, Particulate Matter, this is the smoke, black, blue or grey, you may see coming from the exhaust, Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx), Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2), just to name a few of the worst offenders.Proper regular servicing and maintenance will ensure that these harmful gases are kept to a minimum. Left alone and un-maintained, parts such as spark plugs, air filters, fuel filters, fuel management systems, sensors and so much more can, and will, lead to larger amounts of unburnt fuel (Particle Matter) being released into the atmosphere, as well as the other harmful gases that we are unable to visibly see.You can see that by keeping your car in tip top condition will be better for the environment than the smoky old bucket of bolts that we tend to see a number of ‘greenies’ driving to their next protest. By following proper regular maintenance schedules the environment will thankyou.
6. LET YOUR CONFIDENCE TAKE YOU THERE.
At one point in time you will want, or even need, to take your car on a road trip, whether it is for business, pleasure or emergency. All of which can come to a grinding holt if your so called trusty steed breaks down. Imagine how confident you would feel if you knew that your car was more than capable of making that trip safely and incident free.Regular servicing and maintenance cannot guarantee your car won’t break down, however it will greatly reduce the chances of a break down happening. Regular maintenance will give you the confidence to get behind the wheel and drive to wherever you want, or need to, without worrying that you will get stuck in the middle of nowhere.
As you can now clearly see, there are many reasons why regular vehicle servicing and maintenance is beneficial. It will help to save the environment and keep your car out of the workshop and on the road for your driving needs and pleasure. It will also keep you and other road users safe, and best of all it WILL save you money and who doesn’t want to save some money.So if you haven’t had your car serviced recently, it might just be time to call your local trusted workshop and give your car a birthday present, it will thankyou for it.Enjoy every road you travel.