What Will Happen if I Don’t Service My Vehicle?
Every car owner and motorist knows that there is plenty that can go wrong with a vehicle. From minor bumps and scrapes to larger-scale issues, keeping your vehicle on the road can be incredibly costly.
Most cars (those over three years old) require a mandatory annual MOT to ensure the vehicle is still roadworthy. However, unlike an MOT, servicing your vehicle is not a legal requirement.
Whether or not you want to get your car serviced regularly, or not at all, is completely left to your discretion. But at Kilnhurst Tyres we’d always recommend you get your car serviced at least once a year to keep it in good working order, lower the chances of breaking down and ensure you and your passengers are safe.
In this article, we’ll break down the key parts of a vehicle service, why servicing your car is important and what happens if you don’t do it.
One key area that a service will focus on is your car’s oil. While not always your priority, it should not be neglected as oil plays a key role in your engine’s functionality. It lubricates important parts of the engine, keeping it working to the best of its ability.
You should look to change your engine oil every 3,000-5,000 miles and other benefits of changing your oil include:
- Keeping your engine cool
- Improving mileage
- Removing harmful sludge from your engine
- Enhancing the lifespan of your vehicle
Don’t forget to change filters
Simply giving your engine’s oil a top up is not the only thing you should be doing in this area. It is also important to change the oil filter, otherwise a buildup of sludge will appear which can cause a plethora of problems, including blocking oil passages, increasing friction in the engine and causing issues with ventilation. If you’re noticing spots of oil on the ground where you’d normally park your car, this is often an indication your filter needs changing.
Also keep an eye on your car’s air filter, which should be cleaned regularly to help your engine burn fuel more efficiently, and could lead to improper combustion.
Other problems that can occur
If you decide not to get your car serviced regularly, then there are a whole host of other problems you may be faced with. Perhaps one of the most common issues is the underinflation of tyres, which can result in uneven tread, poor handling and make them more likely to get punctured.
Sticking with tyres, alignment can become an issue if not properly maintained. Over time, your vehicle’s steering linkage and suspension joint will become worn, which can severely affect steering and the car’s ability to travel in a straight line.
Brakes are also an element of your car that will be checked during a service. If your brake pads, pistons or calipers deteriorate then the car won’t be able to stop as quickly or effectively, which is clearly a major safety risk.
What is the overall damage of not servicing your vehicle?
We’ve covered the specifics of what can happen if you don’t get your car serviced, but the overall consequences can be just as wide ranging.
Undoubtedly the biggest risk of skipping servicing is that it dramatically increases the risk to you, passengers and other road users. Frequent services keep your car performing at the top of its game, so it is no surprise that the likelihood of a breakdown or accident significantly increases if you decide not to have them.
You may also find it difficult to sell your vehicle if you don’t have it serviced. As well as the resale value dropping, having a lack of services in your car’s history will make it less appealing to buyers. You may also end up spending more money on the car with fuel consumption increasing, warranties becoming invalid and insurance companies less likely to payout if you make a claim.
There are also environmental concerns as vehicles that aren’t serviced regularly have less efficient parts which will increase emissions.
At Kilnhurst Tyres, we’re always on hand to help with any issues that may arise with your vehicle. Our expert team provide a range of service options that can keep your vehicle in the very best condition. For more information, contact our team today.