What does a Proper Auto Service Schedule Look Like?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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All vehicles need to be maintained to keep them running safely. It is not sufficient to have them serviced only before having to use it on a big trip. Vehicle manufacturers set out a service schedule in each model's manual. If owners follow these schedules, their vehicles will remain properly maintained.


  • It is essential that vehicle owners follow the instructions written by the manufacturer for their specific make and model. Those who have lost their user manuals should request a new one from the manufacturer. General guidelines are useful to tie one over, but should never be used as a replacement for model-specific information. You can also find manufacturers' instructions on.

  • Your driving habits determine what type of schedule you should follow. Car owners who drive far and frequently should follow milage-based service schedules, while those who drive infrequently and only short distances should follow time-based schedules. Heavy use of a vehicle requires much more frequent servicing than light use. This is why manufacturers recommend a service after a specific number of miles or years, depending on which comes first. For example, they recommend an oil change after either 3,000 kilometres or three months, whichever arrives first.

  • In manufacturers' handbooks, auto manufacturers distinguish between normal and severe operating conditions and prescribe different service schedules for each. Vehicles are considered to operate in severe conditions if they are driven in high humidity, in heavy traffic with frequent idling, on dusty and snowy roads, on poorly maintained roads, during high rainfall, and so forth. 

  • There are many small examinations you can perform periodically, at home or at a service station. The Car Care Council, an auto industry partnership that lobbies for auto maintenance, recommends a three-monthly or 2,000 kilometre check of automatic transmission fluid, battery and cables, belts, engine light, engine air filter, engine oil and filter, exhaust, fuel Filter, hoses, lights, power steering fluid, tire inflation and condition and windshield washer fluid (The Car Care Council, 2014). In this way you can keep in touch with what your vehicle may need.

  • It also recommends that you change oil every three months or 6,000 kilometres.

Treat your vehicle well.