Ok so you own a car, another expense we all have to endure right?
Some people think car servicing is important and some others, well they don't! So which one are you? In this day and age our lives are very busy and we all have places where we need to be and how do we get there? usually by our 2nd most largest purchase, our cars. Your vehicle is valuable to you and your family both in a transportation and monetary sense and it is because of this value that we place on our vehicles as why it is very important to maintain your pride and joy.
Service maintenance on your vehicle is paramount to the longevity as it is basically preventing premature wear on vital performance and safety components. Inevitably some vehicle components will require replacement at some point but the key to reducing or stopping this is keeping the vehicles components maintained through regular maintenance servicing and check up's. Some manufacturers have vehicle service intervals set at 15,000 km with NO in-between servicing, now that's ok if you have special engine oil like semi or fully synthetic oil based lubricants as this oil has advance technology that is artificially made and basically out performs the standard mineral based crude oils. In my opinion what this means is the mineral based oils need to be changed on a more frequent basis as the chemicals break down quicker through heat transfer and contamination and as I have witnessed on many occasions mineral based oils sticks and burns onto your engine components. Now I am not saying mineral based oils are Bad, they are not! The oil just needs to be changed more frequently and definitely no more then the 10,000 km mark. My recommendations for oil interval changes vary for each vehicle but general consensus is 7,500 km to 10,000 km no more for mineral base oils and up to but no more that 15,ooo km for the Synthetic based oils. Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthetic_oil for more information.
The Service should also include a safety report that indicates as to what condition your vehicle is in and sound honest advise should follow on any parts or components that may require service, adjustment and or replacement
This advise can either be verbal or written, in person or over the phone and I highly recommended that if extra parts or components are replaced please ask to have them kept aside for your inspection and piece of mind. Not sure what your looking at, no worries just take photo's with your phone and send it to that knowledgeable friend that everyone knows.
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