Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I’m really confused about auto service intervals for various items on my car. Help

Spaanstra Bros. Automotive Service Answer:

The simple answer for Grand Rapids drivers is to follow the car maker’s recommended service intervals listed in your owner’s manual or in your service center’s database. But the team at Spaanstra Bros. Automotive Service in Grand Rapids sympathizes with Grand Rapids car owners because of the confusing intervals for modern vehicles.
The days of simple rules of thumb that applied to most vehicles are long gone. For example, let’s look at an oil change: automobile manufacturers’ recommendations run anywhere from every 3,000 miles to 15,000 miles. This big range comes from engine design and recommended types of oil – so Grand Rapids drivers really do need to ascertain and follow the recommendations for their specific vehicle.
Your owner’s service manual will have a schedule for vital maintenance services and inspections.
Service items include:
Tire rotation, wheel balancing, oil change, coolant service, transmission service, brake system, power steering system, fuel system, differential service, and transfer case service.
Inspections will include:
Alignment check, air conditioning, brakes, suspension, axles, exhaust, tires, lights emissions, belts and hoses, and steering.
It’s vital for Grand Rapids motorists to remember there is no exception that would make it OK to extend an interval. These intervals already assume “best case” conditions for a safe margin of error. However, you may live or drive in Grand Rapids conditions that are harsher than average. Your owner’s manual may have a modified schedule for “severe service” – things like extreme MI temperatures, towing, hauling heavy loads around Ada, short trips, stop-and-go highway conditions, etc.
Consult your owner’s manual or with your Spaanstra Bros. Automotive Service tech about your driving situation and adjust your service intervals accordingly.

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939 Fulton Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503