Today we’re going to talk about following recommended service intervals. Your vehicle isn’t the only aspect of your life with recommended intervals: Let’s start with twice yearly dental check-ups and regular physical exams. How about laundry, watering your lawn, and paying your bills?
Now, what would happen if you didn’t follow these intervals? Well, you’d probably get more cavities. You may not discover health conditions that could be more effectively treated with early detection. And you’d have to wear dirty clothes, be embarrassed by your brown lawn, and have your utilities shut off.
Clearly, there are some things in life that we have to take care of regularly. If we don’t, there are negative consequences. Our quality of life takes a hit and it inevitably costs more money.
So why is it so hard to remember to follow regular preventive maintenance on our vehicles? Probably for a couple of reasons. One is that automotive maintenance items just don’t seem that urgent. All our Centennial neighbors can see our dead lawn, but no one knows how dirty our transmission fluid is so it’s easy to put off. Another reason is that we’re just not as familiar with automotive maintenance and it can be a bit intimidating.
From a practical standpoint, you don’t need to memorize your owner’s manuals. You can let your Davis Repair advisor remind you of the guidelines established by auto manufacturers: we have checklists of what the manufacturer recommends and can find potential problems when we inspect your vehicle. You really can rely on the Davis Repair family to help you make good automotive decisions.
For Centennial drivers who want to be more proactive with their vehicle care, here are some simple ways for car owners to remember what has a maintenance interval.
First: Fluids . If it’s liquid, it’s got a replacement schedule. Oil, transmission fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid, differential fluid, etc.
Then think tires. They need air, rotation, balancing, and alignment. And while you’re thinking tires, don’t forget brakes and shock absorbers.
And what makes your car or truck go? Air and fuel. That means air filter replacement, fuel filters, and fuel system cleaning. Of course there are more items, but if you remember to take your car or truck in to Davis Repair for these things, our service advisor will help you with the rest.
And if you don’t follow recommended service intervals? You get lousy MPG, your car or truck doesn’t run as well, your safety is compromised, and you’ll spend more money in the long run. So it’s the same as everything else: The quality of your motoring life takes a hit and it ends up costing you more.
Reason enough to follow recommended service intervals, right?