Car Servicing Guide For New Car Owners

21 December 2021
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Car servicing is probably the easiest way to keep your vehicle in excellent condition and avoid expensive repairs. New car owners may not comprehend the various types of service that their vehicles need. This extract aims to improve their knowledge of the car repairs that their cars need. 

Log Book Servicing

Manufacturers have strict servicing criteria for new vehicles. Typically, they provide the owner with a manual detailing when to replace or service the various vehicle components. Usually, this servicing criteria ensures that the vehicle does not develop any problems due to poor maintenance. For example, car owners could be required to change fuel line components such as the fuel pump and filter after a specified mileage. Car owners who disregard the logbook servicing schedule nullify their warranties. In some cases, the manufacturer could ask you to use accredited mechanics. It is especially so if you own a vehicle with sophisticated systems. 

Engine Servicing

Standard engine servicing involves the replacement of the air filter, oil filter and an oil change. The rule is that you should strictly use the recommended oils. Otherwise, you could ruin the engine if you used petrol engine oil in a diesel vehicle and vice versa. 

Long-term engine servicing is conducted when engine components such as the timing belt, valve seals, camshaft, fuel injectors, water pump, turbo and the engine block develop wear and tear, affecting their functionality. At this stage, your car will lose power and begin to develop chronic issues such as overheating, over smoking and head gasket failure. The best way to handle these issues is to conduct an engine overhaul. During the overhaul, the mechanic will replace worn-out engine components. If you wish to improve the vehicle's power, the mechanic will install performance parts and adjust the ECU settings. 

Cooling System Service

Most car owners forget to service the cooling system. However, failure to keep an eye on this system could lead to overheating and engine knocks. Typically, you should inspect the hoses to ensure they do not have any cracks that could let out the hot coolant. Additionally, you should flush the radiator to get rid of rust, grime and dirt. Finally, ensure that you use the correct coolant for your climate. 

Car servicing protocols include log book, engine and cooling system service. The rule of thumb is to work with an experienced mechanic with manufacturer accreditations and the skills needed to service and repair your car.