CAR MAINTENANCE: WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER 50 THOUSAND KM
Any car needs regular maintenance. Modern car manufacturers recommend for the vehicle to be checked after it has covered 10,000 kilometres according to the odometer or every six months, whichever comes first.
But by the time your car hits 50,000 kilometres, extra care will be needed. For that distance, your car may have taken you through a variety of terrains, some perhaps even more extreme than others, including running through potholes or water puddles in high speed. It is only natural that some parts of your four-wheel are affected after all that hard work.
The same principle applies for cars that are mainly driven in-city, and even cars stowed in the garage. Traffic congestion may cause components to wear and car that sits for too long will likely run into some problems.
At the auto shop, some components to be examined after 50,000 kilometres are the engine, suspensions, brakes, and steering wheel. You will also need to replace parts such as engine oil, filter oil, spark plug, dan oil plug.
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The mechanics will also check your air filter, radiator coolant, engine cleaner, front and rear brakes, brake fluids, tire rotation, tie rods, gear box steering and boots, and driveshaft boots.
And there are other parts that need thorough check: the battery, horn, and lamps (e.g. headlamp, turn signal, brake lights, backup lights, dome lights), wiper blade and washer, AC, power window and rear view mirrors, handbrake height, brake and clutch pedal position, power door lock, hoses, power steering oil, and belts.
Aside from compulsory replacements during maintenance, the rule of thumb certainly is to immediately replace any parts that has reached the end of lifetime or has deteriorated to avoid further damage.
Finally, the 50,000 km service is best done at your car’s authorized auto shop, especially since you may still be able to benefit from the car’s free maintenance offer that is valid up to the said distance or up to 30 months. Otherwise, make sure that any part is replaced with original components to maintain your car’s performance.