Are your driving conditions “normal” or “severe”?
“Normal” driving requires a normal or regular maintenance schedule. “Hard” driving on the other hand, calls for a severe service schedule that meets the needs of a vehicle that has been put to the test under severe driving conditions.
Service intervals are shorter and need to be performed more often on the severe maintenance schedule. For example, regular maintenance recommends an oil change every 5,000 miles while the severe maintenance schedule recommends every 3,000 miles.
Do you need to follow the Severe Service Schedule? You may be surprised to learn that the following conditions are indicators that a Severe Service Schedule might be needed for your vehicle.
Severe driving conditions are described as:
- Stop and go driving
- Short trips and stop and go trips typically less than 4 miles
- Consistent low speed driving
- Extreme hot or cold weather
- Dusty road conditions
- Bumpy or gravel roads
- Carrying heavy loads
For most people in Eureka, some “severe” driving is part of their everyday routine. You can ask your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Old Town Auto Service about how you drive around the Eureka area and see if your routine is closer to the regular or severe definitions and adjust your service intervals for things like oil changes, air filter replacement, tires, brakes, transmission and cooling system service.
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Revised from content contributed by NAPA Service Assistant