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How Often Should You Really Get Your Car Checked Up

Updated: Jul 10, 2023

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Many vehicle owners tend to argue on when they should going to get their car checked up regularly. Vehicle maintenance is very important for any type of car and if you want to make sure that you can enjoy your vehicle for many years, you need to regularly get your car checked up. Here are some of the most common times that you should go in for regular service and maintenance. Remember that these are just a guide only and you need to make sure that you follow the recommendations of your own vehicle manufacturer.

Engine oil/filter:

This is one of the most frequent services that you will require for your vehicle. It needs to be done roughly every three months or 5000 km. Some vehicles will allow you to extend this time to every six months or 6000 km if you do happen to have some scheduling conflicts. At this time you should also consider the idea of tyre rotation and wheel alignment. Some mechanics, when doing oil changes, also do a large inspection of the vehicle to check for any problems that may not have previously been identified.

Your brakes:

Brake pads need to be replaced roughly every 30,000 km. There are some that can last a little bit longer but you will need the likely get your brakes checked after you pass the 30,000 km mark or if you spot any signs your brakes may be grinding or slowing you down softly. As your car’s brakes can be the difference between life and death you cannot compromise on safety here for the sake of saving a few dollars.

Your coolant, air filters:

Full coolant fluid changes need to take place at least once every 24 months or 48,000 km. During this time you should also have your calving Eller filter changed out and your fuel tank air filter changed out as well. This can help to keep your car running much more efficiently and ensure that all of your coolant levels can be well topped up.

Transfer case servicing: transfer case servicing is required roughly every 50,000 km. Some owner manuals say that you can extend this to 100,000 km but it is a nice piece of preventative maintenance that can help to make sure your car can remain shifting easily.

These are just a few of the examples of some of the most common service appointments that you should be making for your vehicle regularly. Consider each of these appointments when you are thinking about your vehicle and the last time it was serviced.

Of course, another part of your car that needs a regular check, are your tyres. Worn tyres can be the cause of an accident, and having them balanced will help your tyres last a lot longer.

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