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You can see the trend by
intervals on certain
new cars which in some
cases have moved out to
MORE evidence can be seen in “sealed for life”
transmissions and differentials, but a sealed for
life engine? Who knows?
Perhaps major car components (engines
and transmissions) will become disposable
like batteries, tyres, mufflers and shock
We might one day see cars with engines like
cassettes where you run it for a year then take it
to a replacement centre which un-clicks the old
engine and clicks in a new one.
In the meantime, we still need to take the
car regularly to have its vital fluids checked or
changed and other electronic and mechanical
functions reviewed or adjusted.
Technology in cars like electronic fuel
injection and electronic control units certainly
have simplified servicing and “tuning” a car if
the right computer equipment is used but they
have also made the process more involved for
the mechanic (technician) who must be trained
to a higher level.
There is much more to servicing a modern car
than simply giving it a “grease and oil change. ”
The old $35 dollar grease and oil might have
passed muster a decade ago but is in most
cases insufficient attention for a new car with its
many sophisticated systems.
Car servicing can involve up to 50 or
more component and system checks and
adjustments. And despite complaints about
the cost from some car owners, it’s worth the
Maintaining the engine in peak economy,
performance and emissions condition requires
electronic monitoring and fine adjustment
according to the diagnostic computer read out.
A correctly serviced and tuned engine will
have a longer, more economical service life than
one that is run into the ground with minimal or
It can also pre-warn or potentially major
problems with the engine and transmission.
A full service will include fluid level checks
and or changes depending on the system.
Hydraulic fluid is hydroscopic (attracts and
absorbs water) and should be changed at
regular intervals. Water in hydraulic fluid has
the potential to corrode the system from the
inside with predictable results.
Coolant is another critical fluid to a car’s
performance and engine longevity.
Coolant degrades over time and loses its
ability to inhibit corrosion inside the engine
and also its cooling efficiency.
A full service will pick up any potential
cooling system problem including leaks from
the radiator, cap, water pump, cylinder head or
gasket and hoses.
A full service will also among other things,
tell you the condition of the brake pads, battery
condition, steering alignment, tyre tread depth,
suspension condition, oil leaks of any sort,
exhaust leaks or corrosion, even how well the
door locks are working.
And the best thing apart from having a fully
functional, safe car is that with a complete
service history, the car will be worth more when
you sell it.
The importance of servicing your car
The old $35 dollar grease and oil might have passed muster a decade
ago but is in most cases insufficient attention for a new car with its
many sophisticated systems.
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