Simple Answers Service Intervals
I’m really confused about auto service intervals for various items on my car. Help!
Mountain View Automotive Answer:
The simple answer for Thornton residents is to follow the vehicle’s recommended service intervals listed in your owner’s manual or in your service center’s database. But the team at Mountain View Automotive in Thornton sympathizes with Thornton residents because of the confusing intervals for modern vehicles.
The days of simple rules of thumb that applied to most vehicles are long gone. For example, let’s look at an oil change: manufacturers’ recommendations run anywhere from every 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometers) to 15,000 miles (24,000 kilometers). This big range comes from engine design and recommended types of oil – so Thornton residents really do need to read and follow the recommendations for their specific vehicle.
Your owner’s service manual will have a schedule for maintenance services and inspections.
Service items include:
Inspections will include:
Alignment check, air conditioning, brakes, suspension, axles, exhaust, tires, lights emissions, belts and hoses and steering.
It’s for Thornton residents to remember there is no exception that would make it OK to extend an interval. These intervals already assume “best case” conditions for a safe margin of error. However, you may live or drive in Thornton conditions that are harsher than average. Your owner’s manual may have a modified schedule for “severe service” – things like extreme Colorado temperatures, towing, hauling heavy loads around Denver, short trips, stop-and-go conditions, etc.
Consult your owner’s manual or talk with your Mountain View Automotive service advisor about your driving situation and adjust your service intervals accordingly.
Give us a call.
Mountain View Automotive
8650 Pearl Street
Thornton, Colorado 80229