Q: What is Car Service?

December 17, 2013 12:53 PM

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Car service refers to a set of maintenance tasks completed on a car. Because parts and mechanisms in a car experience wear, servicing should be done regularly so that the car stays in good shape. Lack of maintenance can lead to reduced performance and damage to some car parts.

Manufacturers usually recommend car servicing to be done at specific time and mileage intervals. This information can be found in your car's owner's manual. Some new car models also display this information on their instrument panels. In some cases, your car's warranty may become invalid if you fail to have your car serviced at the required times.

During car service, a mechanic checks different systems, connections and mechanisms in your car. These can include your engine, the air conditioning system and the brakes. Worn-out parts are then replaced. The early replacement of these worn-out parts can prevent further damage to the vehicle and can save you a lot of money. It can also prevent accidents. For example, worn-out brakes can perform poorly, increasing the time it takes your car to stop.

Fluids are also often replaced or refilled during a car service. These can include engine oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and automatic transmission fluid. An oil change is a very important act, because engine oil keeps your engine running smoothly by reducing the friction between the moving parts in your engine. It also prevents overheating. Over time, dust and other contaminants can accumulate in your engine, and these can mix with the engine oil. When that happens, the oil is less effective at decreasing friction. Unchanged oil can also accelerate corrosion in the engine.

Filters prevent contaminants from damaging delicate parts of a car by capturing the contaminants as they pass through the filter. They also prevent the accumulation of these unwanted particles on places where they will be more difficult to remove. Because of this, filters need to be regularly replaced. If the filters are not replaced, accumulated particles might block the flow of fluids or air and cause malfunctions or even damage.

Your car's tires should also be checked during car maintenance. Car tires experience the most powerful forces on the car, so they are subject to great wear and tear.

Regular car service is very important. Many problems can be prevented by following the maintenance schedule your car's manufacturer has set.

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