DRIVE ALIVE OR STOP DEAD

In the event of your vehicle breaking down, you run the risk that the person who stops to help might also help themselves to your possessions. Provided that you contribute 'willingly' you may not be injured. An option to prevent this is to minimise your security risk by servicing your vehicle regularly.

Servicing is actually preventive maintenance, which means that components are checked and replaced when they reach the end of their economic service life, and before they fail and leave you stranded. A properly maintained vehicle with a service history has a higher sale value!

There is also a cost saving element in maintaining your vehicle properly. A belt failure normally results in an expensive engine repair or at least a reduction in serviceable engine life. Lack of battery maintenance results in reduced battery life. Outdated brake fluid results in damage to the expensive ABS braking pump. Outdated or incorrect engine oil causes accelerated wear to the modern, expensive camshaft and tappet assemblies.

What type of components could leave you on the roadside to become a crime statistic?

1. Broken fan belt.
2. Broken camshaft drive belt.
3. Defective battery.
4. Defective alternator or charge rate.
5. Bad electrical connections.
6. Relay failure.
7. Lack of engine coolant.
8. Lack of transmission oil.
9. Lack of engine oil.
10. Deflated spare wheel.
11. No jack or wheel spanner.
12. Blocked fuel filter.

How does one drastically reduce the risk of breakdown and additional expense?

1. First and foremost, budget and commit to servicing your vehicle at the recommended intervals.
2. Choose a well equipped, clean workshop, with qualified staff, that offers a right of recourse.
3. An owner-managed business is a good example of direct accountability.
4. Have the service executed according to the manufacturers' recommendation, using quality parts. Do not allow service items to be skipped, for example: brake fluid or engine coolant flushing.


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