Each manufacturer has compiled a list of recommended service intervals. For details, just look in your owner’s manual. Each make and model has different recommendations, but here are some general guidelines:
- Oil/filter change and safety inspections are recommended every 3,000 to 7,000 miles.
- Minor service is recommended every 15,000 miles. At a minimum, this consists of an oil/filter change, a safety check and fluid check.
- Major service is recommended every 30,000 miles. This can include changing the oil/filter, spark plugs, gear oil or transmission fluid, air and fuel filter, flushing some or all fluids and adjusting valves (unless hydraulic).
Listed below are a few other benefits to keeping your car serviced at scheduled at scheduled intervals:
- A regularly serviced vehicle will last 200,000, 300,000 and possibly 400,000 miles.
- A misfire can cause up to 50% less fuel mileage and a major increase in harmful emissions.
- Improper tire inflation wears tires faster and wastes fuel because the engine has to labor harder to move the vehicle.
- Improper tire alignment can wear out your tires more quickly.
The more timely vehicle servicing you do, the more money you save in the long run.
The longer you wait until you service, the harder your car has to work. Cars suffer carbon build up, dirty fuel injectors, and dirty throttle bodies. City driving is especially hard on cars. Fuel filters get plugged causing the pump to labor harder. This creates a domino effect on everything from the spark plugs to the transmission. Waiting doesn’t make sense.