No matter what you drive, today’s cars are being built to last longer and operate more efficiently than ever before. For these reasons, you need to have routine maintenance done on your car. This is called your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule and it is compiled by the manufacturer of your car.

You may notice that you have two kinds of maintenance services for your car. They are called “minor” and “major” services.

Minor maintenance services are usually performed at 15K, 45K and 75K miles and they usually include changing the oil and oil filter, inspecting all of the fluids, belts, hoses, the braking, steering and fuel systems as well as the suspension. You might also get a chassis lubrication or tire rotation at this interval as well depending in the make and model.

Major maintenance service is recommended at the 30K, 60K, 90K, and 120K miles intervals and will usually include the above minor services as well as replacing filters, fluids and spark plugs and the engine timing belt at its specified interval.

A lot of this depends not only on the vehicle model and its manufacturer, but also on the driving conditions the vehicle is subjected to. Many drivers believe that their driving would fall into a category known as “normal” driving and they don’t really need any extra maintenance but, in fact, their particular driving habits might actually fall into the category of “severe” driving. Read the checklist below to find out if you fall into the severe driving category:

  • Short trips of less than 10 miles.
  • Extensive stop-and-go driving or long periods of idling.
  • High speed driving.
  • Towing a trailer or heavy loads.
  • Off-road driving.
  • Driving in sandy or dusty conditions.
  • Driving in mountainous conditions.
  • Driving in muddy or icy roads.
  • Driving in extremely cold or extremely hot climates.

To better understand your car’s needs, call GIC Car Clinic in San Jose, California and make an appointment to have your car inspected today. A good service maintenance schedule will make your car safer and more reliable and keep it on the road for many more years.

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