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Let’s Talk Recommended Maintenance
Modern vehicles often come equipped with an advanced dashboard maintenance reminder system, which alerts you when it’s time to have your car serviced. These intelligent systems track mileage and consider your car’s operating conditions to accurately indicate when services like oil changes, filter replacements, and fluid level checks are necessary. For those with such systems in their cars, these reminders can be a reliable guide to schedule car service appointments.
The vehicle’s owner’s manual is invaluable for those whose cars do not feature maintenance reminders or anyone seeking a deeper understanding of these indicators. This manufacturer-specific manual details the recommended service intervals for maintaining your car’s health and efficiency. Regularly servicing your car as per these guidelines ensures it continues to perform optimally throughout its lifespan.
What Does A Typical Service Schedule Look Like?
Service schedules vary from vehicle to vehicle, so we recommend you look at your owner’s manual for your car’s specific service timelines. The service recommendations below are based on standard intervals for each component.
- Oil: change every 3,000 to 10,000 miles
- Battery: replace every five years
- Automatic Transmission: change the fluid and the filter every 60,000 miles
- Timing Belt: change every four or five years
- Air Filter: replace every 15,000 to 20,000 miles
- Fuel filter: replace every 30,000 miles
- Steering: flush the steering system every 30,000 miles
- Spark Plugs: change every 40,000 miles
- Tires: rotate every 6,000 miles
- Tune-up: every 12,000 miles or once a year for cars that don’t have an electronic ignition; every 25,000 to 100,000 miles for a newer vehicle with an electronic ignition
Is It Necessary To Perform The Recommended Maintenance?
Adhering to the service schedule recommended in your car’s owner’s manual is crucial when planning to service your car. Failure to do so can lead to areas of your vehicle underperforming, which can negatively affect other areas of your vehicle and cause more harm than good. During these service visits, our team of ASE-certified mechanics can thoroughly inspect all the suggested maintenance items and address any specific performance issues unique to your vehicle.
At times, we might suggest servicing your car more frequently than outlined in the manual. This could be due to their observation of increased wear from severe operating conditions or other factors affecting your vehicle’s performance. Understanding these discrepancies ensures your car is serviced appropriately, maintaining its health and longevity.
Consider A 30/60/90K Mile Maintenance Program For Your Vehicle
Are you looking for a way to keep your vehicle on a regular service schedule without the headache of keeping track of each component’s service needs? Look no further than our 30/60/90K mile maintenance programs!
A scheduled maintenance plan allows our technicians to inspect your vehicle regularly and make repairs on the schedule recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. This preventative approach to car maintenance is designed to extend the life of your vehicle by making repairs as needed. Contact us today to get started!
FAQ About Recommended Maintenance & How Often You Should Service Your Car
The frequency of servicing your car can vary depending on the make and model, but a general rule of thumb is every 12,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first. Always refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for specific guidelines.
Ideally, a car should not go longer than the recommended service interval stated in the owner’s manual. Prolonging service beyond this interval can lead to decreased performance and increased wear and tear.
Routine maintenance for a car typically includes oil and filter changes, tire rotation and pressure checks, brake inspections, fluid level checks and top-ups, and air filter replacements. Regular inspections of the battery, belts, hoses, and brakes are also crucial.
Essential car maintenance includes regular oil changes, tire rotations, brake checks, and fluid level inspections. These are vital for the safety, performance, and longevity of your vehicle.
The frequency of oil changes can vary based on your car’s model and how you drive. Typically, it’s recommended every 3,000 to 10,000 miles, but some modern vehicles with advanced engines may allow for longer intervals. Check your car’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation.
Neglecting regular service can lead to various issues, including decreased fuel efficiency, higher emissions, poor performance, and a higher likelihood of breakdowns. In extreme cases, it can cause significant engine damage and potentially compromise the vehicle’s safety.