If you’re reading this article in , , then you probably care about your car and how it runs. Even though you care, there is still that moment of dread when your service specialist tells you the manufacturer recommends some additional service. Your heart beats a little faster, your blood pressure rises. You worry about spending more money than you had planned. And you worry that if you say “no”, you might be harming your or risking your family’s safety.
At the risk of sounding like your dad, you really should have done your homework. Service recommendations are in your owner’s manual. But it is not like you want to keep your auto maintenance schedule on your nightstand for bedtime reading.
Cars are complicated machines and it takes some effort for car owners to keep them running well. That is why auto manufacturers have maintenance schedules that explain how to keep your performing efficiently and prevent expensive breakdowns. In a typical owners manual you’ll find: oil change, brake fluid and pad change, coolant system service, transmission service, battery electrolyte levels, cables and terminals, tire pressure and wear, CV boots, cabin air filter, air conditioning, heater, fuel filter, air filter, belts and hoses, power steering fluid, differential service, fuel system cleaning, and wheel alignment. And then there are mechanical service requirements like timing belt changes, valve adjustment, steering function, engine and exhaust leaks – yeah, it is a really long list!
Fortunately, this isn’t a test: drivers don’t need to have it memorized. Your tech has access to your auto manufacturer’s recommendations. Don’t be surprised when your service professional at reminds you something important is due. Your auto manufacturer has taken great care in putting together your maintenance schedule. Let help you stay on top of critical maintenance. You can expect them to suggest recommended services and tell you what problems they find under the hood. We’ll also explain how urgent these services are so you can work them into your budget.