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What Happens To A Car That Is Not Serviced Properly?

Car servicing is a cost that everyone who owns a car has to incur. However, as the recession has taken its toll on people’s ability to pay for things, car servicing has been one of the things that has been ignored. Surveys have shown that UK residents have spent less on car service in the past year than ever before, and some have skipped important maintenance and repair items; sometimes to the point of choosing to drive unsafe vehicles over paying to make sure they are safe again. Some of the possible places to skip on service and the cost of skipping them are below:

  • Car Tyres

One of the larger reoccurring expenses of car ownership is tyres. Especially for those who purchased sports saloons a couple years ago when the economy was good, are now hurting. For those vehicles, tyres can run 100 pounds or more and they are very soft and sticky tyres, which require replacing more often. Because of this, more and more people are choosing to wait either until their MOT is due or until the tread is well beyond used up. There are any number of dangers of making this decision, from a blown tyre on the M and the panic stop afterwards, to losing traction on a wet road and causing a wreck. Four hundred pounds of tyre can cause thousands upon thousands of pounds worth of damage; not to mention the potential devastation from severe injury or death that could result.

  • Brakes

Brakes are an often overlooked safety component of a vehicle. Older vehicles will make noise when brakes need to be changed and many modern cars have sensors built into them which let the driver know with an alert light on the dash of the car. Either way, it is very easy to ignore the warning signs of brake wear. If replaced right when alerted, the cost is one that most people can bear. However, letting the brakes wear further can cause damage to more expensive components. A typical brake job can cost as little as 50 quid per axle. Heavily worn brakes are dangerous and quite a bit more expensive to replace. Rotors can add another fifty quid per wheel and replacement callipers can cost hundreds of pounds, plus all the extra labour time required to replace the components.

  • Oil

Oil is one of the most vital fluids in any vehicle. It lubricates and helps contribute to the cooling of moving parts in the engine. It is also designed to be replaced at an interval that varies by vehicle manufacturer, and all vehicles are designed to have this be an easy and fairly inexpensive process. For vehicles that utilise turbochargers, the oil is even more important, as it also lubricates and cools the turbocharger. Ignoring oil change intervals can cause sludge, or broken down oil and gunk, to build up in the oil pan. This can prevent oil from making it to the engine and turbo or overwhelm the oil filter, allowing unfiltered oil to go through these areas. This can clog lines and cause additional friction, if not scoring of moving parts. Oil changes cost very little each time and a replacement turbo can cost a thousand quid and a replacement engine easily double that.

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