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Scheduled Maintenance

Purchasing a car is one of the largest investments you will make, so maintaining it is not something you should ignore. Doing so can get really expensive. Performing routine, preventative maintenance ensures that your vehicle remains safe to drive, that it retains its resale value, and that the warranties remain valid.

5 Most asked questions about car maintenance

Here are answers to some of the most common questions about how to keep your car reliable, safe and do it without breaking the bank.

When do I need to change my oil?

Vehicle manufacturers recommend changing the oil between five and ten thousand miles. We recommend following the maintenance schedule in your owners manual, and keep an eye out for that maintenance light on your dash.

Why are oil changes important for my car?

Changing the oil is important to ensure you get the best fuel mileage and longevity from your engine. An important part of having your oil changed is having the vehicle inspected by a professional. At that time they can catch any small issues before they turn into large, costly repairs. If you wait too long or avoid oil changes altogether, you run the risk of voiding any warranties you may have on your engine or its parts.

Why do I need to rotate my tires?

Because the front and rear tires wear at different rates, it's important to rotate them periodically to get the longest life from your tires.

What about fluid flushes not required by manufacturer?

There are good reasons to perform fluid flushes, however this is where maintenance costs can get out of hand. You can avoid excessive maintenance costs by following the manufacturer's fluid replacement guidelines.

When should I replace my battery?

Batteries tend to last about 4 years, unless you have an electric or hybrid car. Then they last about 10 years or more. To ensure the best battery performance and longevity, have it inspected and tested every time you have the oil changed.

How to know which maintenance services are required

This is a lot to remember. When unsure, the best thing to do is reference your owner's manual.

Manufacturers define maintenance schedules for your specific car and take into account "normal" and "severe" driving conditions. You probably don't think the way you drive would fall under "severe" driving - most of us don't. But you are more likely to fall into this category if you:

  • Take short trips of less than ten miles
  • Drive in heavy traffic with many stops and starts
  • Drive at high rates of speed
  • Tow heavy loads or drive off-road
  • Drive in dusty conditions
  • Drive in extremely cold or extremely hot climates

If the above conditions are severe, then what's normal?

  • Trips of ten miles or more
  • Sustained speeds of 50 to 75 miles an hour
  • Driving in low-traffic situations with few stops and starts
  • Ambient temperatures above freezing and below 95° F

Common maintenance services

Common maintenance service intervals

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