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When should you service your bike?

We all have this in our mind that how often we should have bike services so, I have come up with information that will help you to figure out when to repair and how to maintain your bike with amazing bike servicing tips. Happy reading!

It depends! 100 cc bike, then 2500 -3000 km is a good interval to service your bike.

If you have a 150cc bike, then 3500-400 km and 200 cc bike, then it should be 4000 – 4500 km. These are good intervals. generally, 3000 – 4000 km is ideal for the bike service intervals.

How frequently do you service your bike?

Generally, I have heard people saying that they service their bikes once every six months. 

 It might be right, as it’s the ideal frequency but according to your rides, you need to know when exactly you need to service it and if it requires regular service 

Regular service may reduce the maintenance cost literally by half.

If you don’t service it regularly then your maintenance costs will keep rising and so it’s important to service your bike timely! But what are the things you need to carefully look at when you service your bike?

Make a note 

 If you notice any small change like a chain or break sound you don’t forget the exact problems you have faced or are facing while servicing your bike always make a note.

Maintain a service record

To keep track of what things are done on what date to show that these were the maintenance done.  You know what has been done and what has to be checked in the next servicing. This may benefit you in 2- 3 ways while you are going for the next bike service.

Authorized service centre 

 It’s good to always give service to your authorized service centre because they are well trained and they know what exactly needs to be done compared to local garages. They may cost you high but it is worth visiting more often for the same issue. So please, choose authorized service centres over cheap garages 

Engine oil 

 You need to change the engine oil after 3000- 5000 km. They are two types of engine oil: Synthetic Engine oil and Mineral Engine oil. Commonly compared to mineral Engine oil,  synthetic oil is good and the cost is high.  For a 100/150cc bike, you don’t need to use synthetic oil. You can put in the normal mineral oil because there is an advantage but it doesn’t demand the cost-to-performance ratio. Mineral oil is good  for normal  bikes 

Engine oil 
Engine oil change 
Engine oil for bike

Be Physically present during servicing 

As we have a hectic schedule we can’t make time to be present physically during servicing in the centres. Try to be in centres while servicing so that the mechanics will also be attentive and you will also know whether there are any changes in engine parts if engine oil is put in properly.

Coolants and fluids 

Make sure that you top the brake fluid if it is reduced this may put you in trouble midway.

Coolant and fluids
coolant fluid service

Check Brakes 

Always keep checking the brakes cause you might know if it’s working or if the brake pads /disc are wrapped /creased it needs action, especially during rainy seasons keep your brakes in top condition. check brake pads when you visit for bike service.

Brake 
Brake repair

Battery Health 

If you are using the vehicle for 2-3 years definitely the battery health is gonna be more or less 50-80% degraded/depleted as the battery is old so keep an eye on this if the battery isn’t well then replace it in bike service. If the battery not working within 1-2 years of purchase do check the warranty for every part to avail of its service or replacement without charges/ free of cost, So that you will cover unnecessary expenses 

Battery health 
Bike  battery  replacement

Test Ride 

Take a test ride before you take your bike home.  Doing so may help save you time visiting the service centre, again and again, do check if any noise is present in the brakes and Engine, if you find any glitch in the work you can immediately resolve it through bike service.

Test ride 
Test ride bike

Tires 

Make sure there are no cracks in them, no cuts, no screws sticking out, no nail sticking or any other hole this thing may cause your tire to go flat make a visual inspection on the depth of tread on your tires is good. You can do that by taking a penny and sticking the coin in between the tread of the tires and if you see the coin has not gone inside then you need to change the tire.

When you are testing the depth of the tread make sure to do it on the centre portion of the tire, not the side. get tire replacement when having bike services.

Tire 
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Tire pressure in bike

check your bike’s tire pressure once a week especially when the weather turns cold. You can find proper tire pressure for your bike in the owner’s manual or on the back swing arm or on the chain guard. nowadays it’s free to check the tire pressure in gas /petrol stations or while having a bike service.

tire pressure

Chain servicing

Clean the chain with a cleaning brush if there is mud in the chain.  Do check if your bike chain is loose hanging off its sprocket often when your bike is running for more than 1-2 years. Inspect the chain and tighten it if necessary.  Lubricate chain week or a 2 if necessary. Bike service twice a week while the weather is cold.

Chain drive

Carburettor/ Fuel injection cleaning servicing

Make sure that the carburettor is cleaned if not this may risk having unwanted dirty molecules in the combustion chamber which may stick to your spark plug. Use a carburettor 2-3 times a year.

Carburettor

Air filter cleaning

Inspecting your bike air filter regularly helps to avoid performance issues. if the air filter is not inspected this may lead to poor fuel economy, loss of power, and rough idling.

Air filter 
bike air filter

Spark plug service

Have a visual inspection of a spark plug if you find misfiring, bike not starting, backfiring or having a frequently flooded engine, burn marks, broken tips, rust, and corrosion that requires a new spark plug. Replace spark plug every 8000 – 10000 km while doing bike service. 

 The gasoline engine will not run without a spark plug. This (spark plug ) will help to Improve engine performance.

Spark plug 
bike spark plug

Repairing Suspension 

When the bike is bouncing more and unable to control the handlebar you need to get your bike suspension serviced. Below mentioned are some tips to maintain bike suspension while having bike servicing.

How to Maintain Your Motorbike Suspension System:

Setting up suspension 

Maintenance 

Keep the suspension clean

Watch for any damage in the seal, inner tubes and shock spring 

Check the oil 

Bike servicing when required

Suspension 
bike suspension repair

Maintaining Muffler  

The lifespan of a muffler is Traditionally estimated at 40,000-80,000 miles for bike Silencer servicing but the muffle(Silencer) replacement takes 30 – 60 minutes depending on your vehicle. Check if the exhaust needs to be changed while having bike service

If you find the below issues in your bike exhaust pipe. That needs to be replaced along with the muffler 

  • Louder exhaust sounds
  • Clunking from the muffler
  • Engine rattling or misfiring
  • Dangling or dragging the tailpipe
  • Condensation from the exhaust pipe
  • An unusual exhaust smell

Mufflers may be damaged due to cold weather, Road salt and damage from Potholes and road debris and the way you ride the bike.

Muffler 
Bike Silencer

Gearbox –  Do check your gearbox when you have used the bike for 2-3 years while doing bike servicing.  Here are a few signs your gearbox is damaged – hard shifting, a burning smell, a whirring,  Chunky, chattering, and shaking from your transmission. If you find Noises that could mean insufficient lubrication or damaged components.

Conclusion :

It is recommended by the experts that you should get your Bike serviced at least 3000 – 4000 km and regularly inspect it to keep a watch on any wear and tear for better ride quality and safety. Always keep in mind the above-mentioned warning signs and maintenance tips to improve the life of the bike.

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