Defining Maintenance Schedules

Helen writes: I have been listening to you talk about the importance of doing scheduled maintenance on our cars. My new car’s owners manual talks about normal service and severe service. I have been going by the normal requirements, but my brother says that is not enough. What is the difference?

Mike:
Helen, great question, and an important one, because if you go by the “normal driving” schedule, you’ll be inviting failures. I don’t know of any place in Texas that qualifies for the “normal driving” maintenance recommendations. The industry says: If you drive in stop and go driving, or high temperatures, or high humidity, or dusty conditions, or use the A/C often, you should use the severe service recommendations. In Texas, we have ALL of these conditions not just one of them. Go by the more complete schedule and you will avoid a lot of problems and get more trouble free miles from your vehicle.

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