Regular servicing of a vehicle means that it remains roadworthy for longer. Not only does servicing keep the car in good condition and pick up on mechanical problems, which might cost you more in the long run, it keeps you safe. When conducting a service all mechanics should be checking the safety features as well as the engine parts. Knowing what sort of checks repairmen should be making on your behalf, therefore, is essential for any motorist. And remember that not all of these types of checks are immediately obvious ones.
One thing that many car owners don’t know is that a simple seat belt check is something that ought to be carried out during a service. Seat belts should be checked for their accessibility as well as their condition. In both the front and back seats, belts should be replaced if they are no longer in top notch condition.
The steering mechanism of your car or van should also be the focus of a check. Loose or failing steering components need to be addressed and replaced, from time to time. Steering alignment is key for the good running of your vehicle and can wear down your tires quickly if it is not perfect. Seriously misaligned steering, on the other hand, is a safety issue. You could have trouble under heaving braking if problems like this are not resolved.
The suspension system of your car should also undergo a safety inspection. Common suspension systems, such as leaf springs, can cause damage to the vehicle if they are not serviced properly. Different manufacturers use different types of leaf springs for suspension, so a qualified mechanic is needed for this sort of check. All of the U-bolts of the car’s suspension need to be checked to make sure they are fully tightened, for instance.
Brakes are an important part of any vehicles operation and especially so if you want to remain safe whilst on the road. Common problems with the braking system are that the pads become worn. These are the parts of the system that come into contact with the wheels when you apply pressure on the brake pedal. Your brake technician should check that any wear they show is tolerable and replace ones that are overly worn.
Like breaks, you car’s tires should also undergo an inspection to make sure they are not too worn. Of course, all tires show wear after time on the road, but tires that have become bald, where no tread is visible, are dangerous and should be replaced. Your mechanic should check the depth of tread remaining on your tires. Remember that this should include an inspection of your spare tire, as well as the four that are fitted.
The proper functioning of your vehicle’s lights is something that many motorists don’t think about, particularly drivers who rarely travel about in the night. Nevertheless, a proper check of all the lights your car uses should be made when it is serviced. Of course, the headlights should be checked for full beam and dipped functionality. Your car’s side lights should also be inspected. Indicators need to have their own separate check. At the rear, brake lights should be checked as well as your vehicle’s reversing light. Lastly, your emergency fog light should be confirmed as working properly.
Your vehicle’s windscreen comes in for a lot of abuse while on the road. Chips and cracks can be common problems, particularly if you do a lot of motorway driving. Left un-dealt with, they can lead to serious problems with little or no notice. When your car is serviced, your windscreen’s seal should also be checked – something that many motorists don’t know about.
UK Aftermarket Spring Specialists has been an established name in the automotive industry since 1962 and with almost 50 years of experience to draw from, we have the knowledge and expertise to help and guide you.