Advances in automotive technology have resulted in vehicles that are better built and longer lasting; but no matter what the dealer's commercial may promise, they are not maintenance-free and parts do wear down. To ensure peak performance and that you get years of trouble-free driving, your manufacturer has developed a recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle, which is outlined in your owner's manual.
When should my car have Scheduled Maintenance?
There are two types of maintenance services - minor and major. Minor services are generally performed at 7,500, 15,000, 45,000 and 75,000 miles while major services are performed at 30,000, 60,000 and 90,000 mile intervals.
What are "minor services"?
While it varies by make and model, minor services generally include:changing the oil and oil filter, lubricating the chassis if it has not been factory sealed.an inspection of all fluids, filters, belts, hoses, brakes and emissions, tire rotation (some manufacturers recommend as a part of a minor service).
What are "major services"?
While it varies by make and model, major services generally include: the replacement of various filters, fluids and spark plugs, timing belt replacement at the manufacturer’s recommended replacement interval, other specified major services related to the fuel delivery, emissions and ignition systems.
Will your service validate my warranty?
Scheduled maintenance service must be completed in order to keep your warranty valid, and Haller Complete Automotive Repair is authorized to perform most of the services recommended by each manufacturer.
Haller Complete Automotive Repair strongly advises that you have maintenance services performed based on the manufacturer’s suggested schedule. Additional services may also be recommended based on our inspection of the vehicle and industry standards.
Regular vehicle maintenance is probably the single-most important thing you can do as a car owner to prolong the life of your vehicle and save money on future repairs. There are many different view points on what preventative maintenance is, what you should do, and when you should do it. We can give you some basic tips that will apply to any vehicle.
Pay attention to the owner's manual that comes with your vehicle. If you bought your vehicle used and don't have a copy, contact your local dealer or check out this link for information on downloading a free PDF copy of your manual. Your owner's manual contains a regular maintenance schedule, and you'll even find out whether you are putting the right fuel in your vehicle, or what kind of oil the vehicle takes.
It sounds simple, however very few people walk all the way around their vehicle at least once a week prior to getting in and driving away. Make sure your lights are working and check for any loose or hanging parts. If you are not sure what to look for, stop by and one of our service advisers can explain what to look for, and make sure you are safe to travel.
This one sounds like a no-brainer, however we see lots of vehicles that are very low on oil by the time their vehicle is due for service. Make a habit of checking the oil in your vehicle every time you put fuel in your car. If it is low, you should have it checked for leaks or engine wear, which could be causing the loss of oil.