When it comes to car service, most car owners will leave their vehicles at the garage and attend to other matters. Unknown to them, car servicing is an opportunity to understand their cars better and learn how to prevent chronic car issues. The extract below details some questions you should ask your mechanic as they service your car.
1. What Service Does The Vehicle Need?
More often than not, the vehicle will need an oil change and a replacement of the air and oil filter. However, your mechanic will assess the service and maintenance records to establish if the vehicle requires additional servicing. For instance, it could be that the car requires new spark plugs or injectors. The vehicle servicing logs are a critical aspect of car servicing since they predict what you will need for your next service. Your mechanic also will inform you about the oil that the vehicle uses and the longevity of the replacement parts.
2. What Quality Of Parts Will You Use?
You should always opt for new or OEM parts. However, there are instances when it may be difficult to source these parts. For example, it could be that your vehicle is no longer in production. In this case, the mechanic will opt for aftermarket parts. Aftermarket parts are also ideal for performance that work under high pressures. Ask your mechanic about the quality of the parts installed. Remember, not all aftermarket parts are of high quality.
3. What Problems Is The Vehicle Likely To Develop?
During car servicing, the mechanic will conduct spot checks to identify car parts with significant wear. For instance, the mechanic could notice worn-out bushes or suspension. Although these issues do not constitute an emergency, the mechanic will inform you what you should expect when the part wears off completely. For instance, in the case above, the vehicle could produce clunking sounds and develop braking and handling issues. These spot checks will prevent you from misdiagnosing the car once a problem develops.
4. What Kind Of Preventive Maintenance Does The Vehicle Need?
Preventive maintenance is a collaborative effort between the mechanic and the client. For instance, during car servicing, the mechanic will ensure that moving parts are well oiled. However, it is your responsibility to conduct regular car inspections to establish the coolant and lubricant levels. Besides, you should not exceed the car limits. For example, some cars will have an overheated transmission when overworked.
As observed, you will have a better understanding of your car after the service. As a rule of thumb, the vehicle should be serviced by an experienced and accredited professional.