Newer cars don’t require service as often as they used to. That’s good news for consumers, who can save time and money because of these extended intervals. But it can be bad news if an undetected small problem has the time to turn into a big problem.
The old 5,000-km oil-change intervals meant most people got their vehicles serviced at least three or four times a year. Today, with some vehicle manufacturers recommending once-a-year oil changes, that’s no longer the case. There’s much more time for initial trouble spots to go undetected.
For example, during a routine service, a technician might spot an oil leak well before it can cause serious engine damage.
Your technician can check the condition of your oil and engine air filter, and may advise the use of an advanced technology oil filter, such as Fram Xtended Guard. Only with the practiced eye of a well-trained technician will little problems be spotted before they become big.
It’s a good idea to request a thorough vehicle inspection in between extended service visits, at least twice a year, especially if you change the oil yourself. And as the odometer starts to add up the kilometres and the potential for component failure becomes more likely, it’s even more important.