Things that happen if you don’t service your car
You hear it all the time; your father barked it to you and so did your friends at some point. “Go service your car!” is a phrase that has haunted many a car owner at some point in our lives. While this has been known to be a bit of a pain in our busy lives, a simple trip to the service centre really does go a long way for a tool so essential to our daily commute, and certainly one we might take for granted given the increasing reliability of today’s cars.
A lot of us went through the same instructions, and adhered to it when the odometer hit the number. We never questioned why, or what would happen if we didn’t follow through, so here’s a brief overview on what actually happens to your car. But before we dive into it, let’s find out what exactly happens when a technician services your car?
What is Servicing?
The engine oil or “black oil” in your car does a whole lot to keep a smooth-running engine. Its most crucial job is to lubricate the many moving parts of the engine and distribute heat away from your engine. As the oil flows around the engine, it lubricates the thousands of engine parts that interact in unison to make the engine work while carrying heat around to maintain a baseline temperature.
As the oil moves around the engine, it collects dirt, debris and particles from the engine. During the circulation, the oil goes through a filter to minimise the debris content, keeping the oil as clean as possible. After a while, the tiny particle build-up becomes far too much for the filter to address, impeding the oil from performing its normal functions of lubricating and protecting the metal surfaces inside the engine. The oil will appear darker, and thicker, indicating that it is time to drain and replace the oil as well as install a new filter.
How often do I have to service my car?
Car service intervals differ, depending on the manufacturer, however, we can share BMW’s general service cycle as a benchmark of proven quality:
The most frequent service to send your car to the service centre for is a typical oil change. The Service Interval System will let you know when it is time to change your oil.
This process includes an oil change and a comprehensive safety check, including brakes, indicator lights, engine lubricants, and other crucial components. Additionally, service technicians will check for any leaks, and every day items such as tire pressure, horn, and conduct any software updates for the internal system.
So, What Actually Happens if you don’t service your car?
If the oil isn't replaced, your engine will certainly begin to have a great deal of issues. The most common concern is that the many components within your engine will overheat, triggering a chain of events that results in the engine to run less effectively, and eventually warping the metal parts. The cause of concern is that engine parts move together with one another, requiring constant lubrication, so even one faulty component could very well trigger another. Your car will continue to operate albeit at very dangerous conditions, much like a disaster just waiting to happen.
Eventually, with enough parts warped and with too much friction occurring, the engine will simply seize to function and break down completely. If you are lucky, you might be able to replace the engine parts, but at the cost of an arm and a leg.
Finding some time around a busy schedule might be a hurdle to some, but there are service centres that solve these problems for you. Petaling Jaya-based BMW dealership Quill Automobiles provides maintenance services for all BMW cars – customers are able to schedule an appointment through their website, and arrange for a time of their convenience. The technical team boasts over 10 years of experience operating in one of the busiest regions in the country.
While the discussed matters may seem like a worst-case scenario, it is important to know that engines are a collection of interlinking mechanical parts, requiring precise movement from each part to work smoothly. With the help of understanding how your engine works and prompt scheduled maintenance, you’ll be able to keep your car running safely and reliably for many years to come.
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