Some car owners are under the false impression that routine car service has no real benefits. But the truth is that routine car maintenance can tell you a lot. Here are a few of the issues that routine car maintenance can catch.
Brake and Brake Line Damage
When you take your car in for routine service, the mechanic will likely inspect your brakes. This inspection comes standard in most car maintenance routines, but it can be added for a small fee if it isn’t included in the general oil change and car overview. The inspection will check to ensure that your brake pads and brakes are catching properly and safely.
It will also check for uneven wear and tear on the brakes. If this is caught quickly, you may be able to avoid costly brake repairs or damage to your car if the brakes do not work properly. Brake lines will also be checked for leaks that cause your brakes to fail.
Uneven Tire Wear
You may notice that balancing the tires are listed on the routine maintenance schedule. This may seem like something that doesn't need to be done often, or as often as it is listed on yearly maintenance schedules. The truth is that this aspect of the maintenance service is vital and can let you know other issues that may be going on with your car.
If your tires are unevenly worn, it could mean that you are using the wrong tires for your environment or car. For example, traditional tires will break down quicker than a snow tire in snowy or icy weather because they are trying to overcompensate for traction. Uneven tire wear can also mean that you have an alignment issue, which should be fixed soon.
Fluid Blockages and Leaks
During the maintenance service call, you will likely have your car fluids topped off. You may have one appointment that tops off the fluids while the next appointment drains them and puts in fresh fluids. Either draining or topping off the fluid will show whether or not there are any problems. Some of these issues may be low fluid levels while others may be linked to other issues in your car.
During the process of topping off fluids, you will notice that automatic fluid dispensers are used. These are usually hoses that attach to the fluid areas and push fluid into those areas like gas nozzles to a gas tank.
These dispensers will show pressure changes that could indicate blockages in the fluid lines. In addition, leaks can be detected if the fluid levels drop drastically or are hard to maintain. Both of these issues can cause problems with your engine, transmission, cooling and heating.
Oil and Engine Issues
Another process that takes place during routine maintenance is a diagnostic test. This test will run your engine under various degrees of stress, which will let the mechanics know if there is an issue with your engine, such as overheating when it should not be. This process generally takes around half an hour but may be shorter or longer depending on various aspects of the diagnostic machine and procedures.
The diagnostic test can indicate whether or not there are issues with the engine or transmission that could result in a small repair. If caught early enough, you may be able to avoid more costly issues like transmission rebuilds or engine rebuilds.
Tire wear, fluid blockages or leaks and brake issues are only a few of the problems that can be found during routine car service. If you aren't on a routine maintenance schedule and you need to have your car serviced, contact EDGE Motorworks. We can introduce you to their services and set you up on a routine schedule for your car.