Advice & Tips -
Annual servicing doesn’t appear to be high on some car owners priorities these days.
Servicing can sometimes be thought of as an unnecessary evil, unlike the annual MOT which is a legal requirement.
Some owners may feel that as their car has had an MOT they have carried out their obligation regarding maintenance.
What has been carried out, has been some very basic checks which on the surface may appear sufficient.
Visually things could seem fine, but below the surface things may not be all they seem.
With disc brakes, they are easier to inspect than drum brakes, which if not examined thoroughly on a regular basis could cause some serious problems.
Safety issues aside, neglecting your vehicle and not having it serviced more often can be a false economy, and may cost you even more in the long term, reliability can be compromised and fuel consumption can be affected.
It has been known that some owners don’t even have their vehicles serviced in the first three years of purchasing them while still under warranty.
Failing to change the oil and filter annually could be the start of other engine problems occurring, over a greater period of time the efficiency of both of the above can deteriorate and possibly lead to contamination, oil pressure problems, and maybe ultimately engine failure.
It’s not unknown for engine oil to thicken and also turn to a gel like substance which reduces the ability of the oil to lubricate and can result in expensive repairs.