How Often Does My Car Need…? Complete Car Service Timeline

Posted on October 12th, 2016 at 5:00 PM




Regularly servicing your car will keep it running smoothly, keep you safe on the road and can save you money in the long-term by avoiding major repair issues. But how often should you get it serviced and what are the critical components that need regular servicing? The following is a complete car servicing timeline, outlining what needs to be checked or changed and how often.

Cabin Filter – 25,000 – 50,000 kms

A cabin or ‘pollen’ filter is installed in the heating and ventilation system of your vehicle to filter air entering the cabin. It cleans the air that you and your passengers breathe, catching dust, pollen and other airborne material. A cabin filter is usually recommended to be replaced every 25,000 – 50,000 kms (15,000-30,000 miles).

Air Filter Replacement – 30,000 – 50,000 kms

Your car’s air filter is responsible for filtering the air that enters the engine, protecting it from dust and sand. Over time, the filter becomes clogged, putting a strain on your engine. Eventually it needs to be replaced, but how often?

For most cars it should be changed every 30,000 – 50,000 kms. But if you drive on unpaved, dusty roads it should be changed more often.

Oil Change – 8,000 kms / Every 6 Months

For years, the general rule of thumb was to change your car oil every 3,000 – 5,000 miles (4,800 – 8,000 kms). But with improvements in modern car engines as well as better quality oil, this myth has recently been banished by car experts. Yes, engine oil does get dirty, and when that happens, it can clog engine parts, but if you’re driving a car that’s less than five years old, changing your oil this frequency is a waste of money - and oil.

So how often should you really be changing it? Unfortunately, there is no short answer to that question. The best thing to do is consult your service manual and learn your car's actual oil change schedule. If your car has an oil life monitoring system, don't try to second-guess it. If that doesn’t satisfy you, a good rule to follow is to change your oil every 5,000 miles (8,000 kms) or every six months, whichever comes first. And never, under any circumstances, go further than the manufacturer’s recommended maximum interval between oil changes.

Timing Belt – 96,000 – 170,000 kms

Your car’s timing belt controls the rotation of the camshaft and crankshaft and the opening and closing of the engine’s many valves to allow air and gas in and out, which causes the fuel to ignite in the combustion chamber. The timing belt plays a very important role and if overlooked or neglected, you could find yourself stranded in the middle of the road. Unfortunately, in most cases, there are no obvious signs that the timing belt is near death; it will just break so make sure to get it checked regularly by your mechanic and replace it every 96,000 – 170,000 kms.

Tyre Rotation – 8,000 – 12,000 kms

Tire rotation is when the vehicle's tires are removed and swapped to different positions. This can help them to wear more evenly and prolong the life of your tyres. Typically this should be done every 8,000 to 12,000 kms (5,000 – 7500 miles) on most vehicles however, it does depend on the car so make sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendation.

Wheel Balancing - 8,000 – 12,000 kms

Wheel balancing is done to make sure the weight is even around the axel. An uneven balance of weight can cause a serious vibration when diving at speed and can put significant strain on your vehicle.

Typically, it’s a good idea to have your tyres balanced along with tyre rotation every 8,000 – 12,000 kms. However, if you notice uneven wear in the tyres or feel vibration when driving over 60 kms on a smooth surface, its time to get them checked.

Wheel Alignment – No Specific Requirements

Poor wheel alignment can result in your car not handling well and your tires and suspension wearing faster. Even your fuel economy may drop. However, for most cars, wheel alignment is not listed in the maintenance schedule so how will you know when it needs to be checked?

Signs that your wheels are out of alignment include;

  • the steering wheel is off centre when driving straight
  • the vehicle pulls to one side when driving on a straight and level road
  • the vehicle doesn’t hold the road well, feels unstable, wanders from side to side
  • tires screeching when turning
  • tires wear unevenly

So if you notice any of these signs while driving then its time to book a service with your mechanic.

This schedule is designed to give you a basic idea of your car’s servicing timeline. However, servicing requirements vary by car type, manufacturer design, driving conditions and many other factors so always make sure to follow your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. This lists the basic regular services that your car needs and recommended mileage intervals when those services need to be done.

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