In order to keep your car running efficiently, safely and reliably, it is advisable to book in for a service check-up at regular intervals. Whilst you might save some money in the short term by skipping a scheduled service, it can turn out to be a very expensive exercise in the longer term – minor repair works left unattended can sometimes turn into major repairs. Having your car serviced at regular intervals at JustService will keep you safer and your costs down whilst adding to the resale value of your car!
A few minutes of preventative maintenance can help to prevent hours of costly on-the-road problems. It is a good idea to check a few things before heading on a longer car journey or going on holidays – times when you really need to rely on your car.
Here are a few tasks that most people can do themselves in-between services: however, it is important that you follow the instructions as outlined in your owner's manual. Otherwise, if you don't have the confidence, knowledge or time to do these things yourself, bring your car to JustService and we will look after it for you.
In order to drive safely, your vehicle's tyres need to be kept at the correct tyre pressure. This will improve driving comfort as well as braking capacity and fuel economy. Most petrol stations have tyre pumps to check the pressure of your tyres.
Next time you are driving your car, listen to your brakes: if you hear any squeaking or grinding noises or notice all of the sudden unusual vibrations or pulling whilst braking, then it's time to bring in your car and get the brakes inspected.
It is important to regularly get all of your car's fluid levels checked, such as the brake fluid, engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, power steering fluid and last but not least the windscreen washer fluid.
Belts and Hoses
Whilst the engine is cold and switched off, examine the belts and hoses for any signs of wear and deterioration: worn, cracked or glazed belts should be replaced immediately; hoses should not have leaks, cracks, bulges or swelling. Make sure the hoses feel firm but are flexible - in case a hose feels soft or brittle or you are unsure, bring your car in and we can have a look at it for you and replace it if necessary.
Most batteries these days don't require testing and are maintenance-free. However, as a general rule of thumb: if the battery is three or four years old, it might need replacing.
Hot weather and long drives at high speed can test any engine's cooling system. Usually, the coolant needs to be flushed and replaced on a regular basis with the appropriate coolant for your vehicle – not using the correct coolant can cause damage in your cooling system.
It is easy to forget about your air-conditioning system during the cooler months of winter. It is however good practice to get your vehicle's air-conditioning system serviced at least every two years. This ensures that not only do you stay cool during the hotter months; you prolong the life and reliability of your unit. Special sanitizing treatments are also available to help remove musty odours as well as harmful bacteria, pollen and fungi which tend to breed in neglected air-conditioning systems.
If you feel your car does not get cool inside despite the air-conditioning system running on full speed, then it is time to have it checked for any leaks – it also might need recharging. The same applies for heating and we can test both systems for you.
It is a good idea to run your air-conditioning system in your car at least once a week (all year round) for a few minutes to keep the compressor seals lubricated.