The factory maintenance guide thatís created by the car manufacturer
every year is model specific and should be used as a minimum guide
for routine maintenance. Not all vehicle models require the same
schedule so itís important to use the specific manual for the
specific year and model. Not maintaining a vehicle by specific
factory minimum standards could result in denied warranty repairs.
Car Scheduled Maintenance Intervals
schedule will list explicit maintenance procedures that should be
performed at a certain mileage or time interval, whichever comes
first. If an interval states that an oil and filter change needs to
be performed at 5,000 miles or 6 months, it means whichever comes
first, the 5,000 miles or the elapsed time of 6 months.
As an example if the vehicle has 3,000 miles since the last
maintenance visit but itís been over 6 months, the next service
should be performed.
To help the car owner keep track of their scheduled maintenance,
Dan's Auto Service will place a sticker in the inside upper left corner
of the windshield that lists when the next service should be
performed. Most factory schedule booklets also provide an area where
the car owner can record each service performed.
Normal or Severe Duty Vehicle Operation
Many factory maintenance schedules will have two separate mileage
and/or time intervals, one for normal operation and one for severe
duty operation. Normal operation means the car owner drives at
consistent highway speeds more often than stop and go city driving.
Severe duty operations can include a vehicle thatís
● operated in consistent stop and go traffic
● consistently operated at an idle
● operated in dusty areas
● operated in extremely hot ambient temperatures
● towing a trailer
Rome auto owners
sell cars for a lot of different reasons.
Maybe they just want something new or maybe theyíre selling the
car because it has a problem or two. So how
do you know what youíre getting into when
you sign the papers for a used car in New York?
When a car comes into Danís
Auto Service in Taberg with maintenance records, we can see if
maintenance schedule has
If it doesnít come with records, Camden and Taberg used car
buyers have to assume the worst. How many Rome people who are
turning in a leased vehicle at 36,000 miles will perform the
transmission service recommended at 35,000?
So what do you do? At
Danís Auto Service, we suggest getting on track with the
maintenance schedule and staying on track. Lacking evidence to the
contrary, assume it needs an oil
change. The thorough
Danís Auto Service inspection that
comes with a full service oil change will reveal basic problems.
Be sure to bring up any specific concerns with your Danís
Auto Service service consultant. When
buying an older used vehicle in Taberg, thereís more to be
concerned with because thereís been more time for things to go
wrong. A used
vehicle inspection at
Danís Auto Service is a good idea: the peace of mind is well
worth the money.
In addition to the scheduled maintenance items, look for uneven
wear on the tires. That could be
a symptom of a
Wheel Alignment problem, worn
shocks, or some other
suspension issue. Listen for unusual
sounds and pay
attention to strange odors. Keep
track of any problems you have when driving so you can consult
with your considerate service advisor at Danís Auto Service in
If you just bought a used car in the Rome area, give us a
call at 315.337.7090.