Getting your vehicle serviced may seem like unnecessary hassle or expense, but in fact it’s one of the best ways to prolong the life of your vehicle. It’ll also improve its efficiency and performance too.
A car service can involve a variety of checks depending on the type of service you choose, but there are 4 key areas that a garage will always pay special attention to: engine and oil, brakes, tyres and steering.
Engine and oil
Having your engine and oil checked is one of the most important parts of a car service.
Engine oil acts as a lubricant to the moving parts of your engine which keeps it running smoothly. Oil becomes less effective over time, so it's important to get it changed frequently to keep your engine performing at its best.
Oil filter change
A fresh new oil filter keeps contaminants and impurities at bay to allow oil to flow freely around your engine, reducing friction and boosting engine performance.
As brakes are tricky for the common car user to check themselves, it’s important to regularly get your brakes checked as part of a service. This isn't only for safety reasons, but to benefit the performance of your vehicle too.
If you haven’t had your brakes checked in a while, you might find that:
- You hear loud screeching noises when you brake.
- Your car pulls to one side when braking.
- You feel vibrations when you push down on the brake pedal.
These can all be signs that there's a problem with your brake pads, brake callipers or hydraulic braking system.
Learn more about brake problems and wear.
Faulty tyres can put you at serious risk of a crash, MOT failure or even a fine, so it’s important to get them checked regularly by a garage as part of a service.
If there’s an issue with your tyres, you might find that your driving experience is affected too. For example, if your tyres are under inflated, this can lead to poor handling and make performing precise manoeuvres much trickier.
During a service, a garage will check your tyre condition (including the tread depth and side wall) and also your tyre pressure.
If your steering and suspension are off, this can have a knock-on effect on how the rest of your vehicle performs.
If you find that it’s difficult to steer, especially at low speeds, it’s a good idea to book in for a service to have all elements of your steering system checked. This can also help avoid costly repairs later down the line.
Why choose the AA for car servicing?
- Free vehicle collection and return.
- Quick and easy online booking and payment.
- Parts and labour guaranteed for 1 year or up to 12,000 miles
- Set prices and no hidden fees.
Every garage in our network is audited annually and spot-checked on an ad-hoc basis to ensure it fully meets our quality, service and training standards.