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All modern cars need to get serviced at specified intervals. For many vehicles, the interval is either 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. Some folks have an oil change halfway through the interval just to be on the safe side.
And then you have other people that skip a service. Usually the issue is down to cost, although some car owners just forget to book their cars in for a service.
If you are one of the latter group of motorists, did you know you are doing your engine more harm than good? Car services schedules get specified by manufacturers for a reason. It’s to ensure your engine’s longevity.
Here are some reasons why it’s important not to skip a scheduled service for your vehicle:
Missing a scheduled service can harm your engine’s internals
It’s no secret that there are a lot of things that go on inside of your engine that you cannot see. The “magic” happens inside of your car’s engine. People seldom see what state the internal parts are in unless something bad happens.
You might be thinking that skipping a service is no big deal. After all, you’ve made sure that all previous services occurred on time. But here’s the thing – it IS a big deal! Every time the oil gets changed on your car, it helps to keep it tuned up.
The old oil won’t be as efficient as new oil. And the oil filter will usually get clogged up with clumps of carbon and old oil that it stops going back into the engine.
Having a service will save you money in the long-term
An oil and filter change aren’t the only things that happen during a service. For instance, the guys at Pentagon Group check the condition of many crucial engine parts. Examples include belts, tensioners and spark plugs.
It’s also an opportunity for you to learn about any upcoming expenses to prepare for during the next service. You might need a new battery soon. Or perhaps some rubber radiator hoses are looking worn and need replacing sooner rather than later.
If you missed your next car service, you wouldn’t know about any upcoming issues that need to get resolved. Often, the consequences can result in higher repair costs.
Your car could use more fuel if it isn’t serviced
Part of a car service involves checking the condition of the fuel system. That means checking the air filter and spark plugs. And, in some cases, the fuel injection system if an error gets recorded by the car’s ECU.
Just because your car starts and drives doesn’t mean that it does so in the most efficient way possible! A missed service won’t highlight any problems causing excess fuel consumption. We all know how expensive fuel is these days.
By sticking to regular service schedules, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that your car is running well. And that you won’t be facing any major repair bills!