When to schedule a service
Proper servicing is necessary to maintain the high level of efficiency, safety, durability and dependability for optimum performance
Do you ever wonder when the vehicle needs service?
Let me explain it to you.
The maintenance schedule for your vehicle specifies how often you should have your vehicle serviced. Proper servicing is necessary to maintain the high level of efficiency, safety, durability and dependability for optimum performance. The information contained in the owners manual will help you become familiar with the workings of your vehicle. I suggest you read it completely.
HDABOB’s Mobile Service provides optimum maintenance of your vehicle to maintain your warranty. Dealerships provide factory warranty service when necessary.
It is your car, and you have a responsibility to maintain it. YOU have an intimate relationship with your car. YOU know when something is wrong. I depend on YOU to let me know what is happening to your car. By using this communication, I can better diagnose and repair your car correctly and completely.
The schedule is designed to perform the service at specific intervals under normal driving conditions. Normal means driving your car at least 4 times a week at least 10 miles. If the type of driving you do is not normal, you should have the vehicle serviced more often than specified in the owners manual.
There are several suggestions that should be taken into consideration when determining how often to service your vehicle:
- Do not exceed the vehicle load limit. This puts undo stress on the engine, brakes, and other systems.
- If you intend to tow a trailer, the total weight of the trailer must not exceed 1000 lbs. The tongue weight (the amount of weight the trailer puts on the trailer hitch) should not exceed 100 lbs.
- Drive your vehicle on paved roads within the legal limits.
- Maintain optimum tire pressure in ALL your vehicles tires. What is optimum? Look at the sidewall of the tire for the max pressure recommended by the manufacturer.
- Always use unleaded gasoline with the rating of 86 or better. The internal engine components will stay cleaner if you use a tank of 92 octane every third tank filling.
- Inspect engine oil level monthly.
- Inspect transmission oil level monthly.
- Inspect coolant level monthly.
There are several areas of the vehicle that owners should not attempt to repair:
Supplemental Restraint System: This system is built into the steering wheel and the dashboard and is not designed to be serviced by the owner. The wiring for the supplemental restraint system are colored yellow to distinguish them from other wiring.
Brake System: This is, I think, the most critical system on the vehicle. Do not attempt to perform maintenance on the brakes. Proper training and tools are required to service the braking system. The antilock braking system is under extreme pressure at all times.
Emission System: This system keeps the emissions of the exhaust from entering the passenger compartment. It also prevents any noxious gasses from entering the atmosphere. Any repairs should be referred to the nearest repair facility.