Routine maintenance is necessary to keep cars in good condition and not cause any problems. Proper maintenance will reduce wear on moving parts and increase the vehicle’s resale potential. You can get good advice from a car service center about how to maintain your vehicle. These are some guidelines for car servicing.
- A quick check-up
- Coolant and engine oil
Engine oil and coolants are vital for proper engine operation. Before any long journey, it is important to check the levels of engine oil and coolants. If they are not sufficient, you should top them up. To check the oil level, a dipstick is placed on top of your engine oil tank. The oil level can be set to low or full. However, it is important to keep it at a constant level. Coolant’s function is to absorb extreme heat from the engine. The tank must have a range between maximum and minimal coolant levels.
The air filter regulates the airflow into the engine and keeps dust and other particles out. It is important to keep the air filters clean in order to prolong the engine’s life and reduce emissions.
Tyre Rotation & Alignment
Rotation and alignment are important to minimize wear on tyres. It improves road grip and prolongs the life of tyres. It reduces uneven tread and prevents vibration.
Transmission Fluid: This fluid helps to keep your transmission system’s moving parts lubricated. Periodic service should be used to check transmission fluid. Transmission fluid must be changed at the recommended intervals/mileage.
Struts and Shocks
The shock absorber, suspension, and struts must be in top shape to reduce the impact of bumps or depressions on your vehicle. If necessary, shock absorbers and/or struts should be checked and repaired. Check your suspension if you are hearing a squeaky sound while driving.
The spark plugs ignite the gasoline and air mixture that powers the engine. The engine will lose its power if the spark plugs are worn. There are also chances of having problems starting the engine. To assess the damage, spark plugs should be replaced and checked regularly.
The alternator, power steering pump and compressor are powered by the serpentine belt. If the belt is worn, service engineers will inspect it and replace it if necessary. Minor cracks can be found on weak belts.
Check the battery for voltage and distilled water levels. The car battery supplies the electrical current to the starter, engine, and other electronic accessories.
Clutch & Brake
The clutch should only be used to engage the engine and shift gears. Even a slight pressure on the clutch plate can cause damage when the car is moving. To improve clutch performance, air must be removed from the clutch fluid that activates the clutch. Regularly, the hydraulic fluid must be topped-up or replaced. The brake system includes brake pedal, brake pads, discs, brake fluid, brake drums, brake fluid, and hoses. The pads and discs can wear out from frequent brake use. After a certain mileage, the pads and discs need to be replaced.
Other components or areas that should be checked include steering performance, rear light bulbs and headlight bulbs, as well as wipers. Badly maintained wiper blades could cause blindness and accidents. To ensure that the steering alignment works properly while turning the vehicle, it is checked.