If you are thinking of buying your first car very soon, you really should do some research about the inner workings of a modern vehicle, as a form of background information, which will come in handy when the time comes to service the car. Fortunately, modern cars are a far cry from the unpredictable earlier models, and as long as the vehicle is properly maintained, it should give you many years of trouble free service, and with that in mind, here is a brief overview of what a typical service entails.

  • Check All Coolant and Fluid Levels – This includes the water in the radiator, which should be a greenish colour, as it is mixed with anti-freeze, and if a top up is required it should be administered. The hydraulic brakes have a reservoir, as does the power steering, and both of these should be between the min and max levels. You should also top up the windscreen washer bottle, as this really helps in slushy conditions.
  • Check Belt Tensions – There are many belts on a modern car engine, and they all need to be inspected for wear and tear, or damage, as well as the tension. If the belt is too loose, you might hear a screeching, especially in wet conditions, and by regularly inspecting these essential components, the engine will run smoothly.
  • Service Centres – Not everyone is confident enough to carry out a car service, and it might be better to find a local garage where you can book the car in for next weekend. Typically a service would take no longer than a couple of hours, but a busy car service centre would require at least one week’s notice.
  • Tyre Inspection – The tyres are a critical component of any vehicle, as they provide the essential road contact, and therefore the tread should be a minimum of 5mm in depth, and always inspect the entire tread surface and outer wall, looking for bumps, and if you should find something, replacing the tyre is the best option. The correct air pressure is also very important and you can find this information in the owner’s manual. It is worth noting that the tyres can be inflated a little over the recommended pressure if you are carrying a full complement of passengers or a heavy load in the boot.

If you are going to service the car yourself, you will need the right tools for the job, and then you can always source a few tutorials on the web, which will ensure that you complete the service without any major issues.

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