Normal vs severe service, what maintenance schedule do you follow

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Have you ever looked in you owners? Let me be a little more clear, have you ever taken time to look at the manufacture recommend maintenance schedule in your owner manuel? In most owners manuals usually toward the back of the book you will find recommend services for your vehicle. You will actually find two maintenance schedules for each mileage interval. In most manuals you will find Normal maintenance schedule and severe maintenance schedule. You would think you fall into the normal schedule but in most cases this is no so. In California we do a lot of stop and go driving and quick runs to the store or market. This type of driving is the hardest on the vehicle. This type of driving is considered severe service on the vehicle. You should be following the severe guide in your owner’s manual. What the Manufactures consider “Normal driving “ is long periods of consistent speeds. An example of this would be driving on the freeway @ 60 MPH for 45 minutes or longer. If you primarily make long drives at constant speeds you would follow the normal driving schedule.

Pro tip; doing preventative maintenance will cost you less in the long run rather than waiting for it to break. All of the studies I have seen show that preventative maintenance is always cheaper than waiting for the vehicle to fail.

Pro tip; reading your owner’s manual is a worthwhile thing to do. Often times on new vehicles you may find a lot of consumer adjustable options you may not even know exist on your car or truck. For instance often times when you open the door with the key fob you can program it to open just the drivers door or open all the doors.

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By Donald Henderson

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