Livonia Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules
Posted in Maintenance on March 20, 2015
Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among Livonia car owners, SUV vehicle manufacturers publish two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should Livonia drivers follow?
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
Are most of your trips less than four miles around Livonia?
Are most of your trips less than 10 miles in below-zero Michigan temps?
Are most of your trips off-highway in Michigan ?
Do you drive often in dusty Detroit areas?
Do you regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads around Livonia?
Do you drive in very hot or very cold Michigan weather?
Think about your typical week. Do you live by your nearest Livonia freeway on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute to Detroit or Redford? Or, do you drive the neighborhood car pool in stop-and-go traffic on Livonia surface streets?
Let’s suppose your owner’s manual says the severe service oil change recommendation is 3,000 miles and the standard recommendation is 5,000 miles. You know that you need to change the oil somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000 miles. Analyze your driving patterns and Livonia weather and road conditions to determine which end of the spectrum you’re closer to.
Why should Livonia motorists care about this? Normal condensation causes moisture accumulation in the engine oil. Short trips around Livonia or winter driving means that the engine doesn’t heat up enough for the moisture to evaporate. The water in the oil turns to harmful oil sludge that clogs up your engine and doesn’t let the oil protect it adequately. That’s why Michigan car owners need to change their oil more often – to clean the sludge out before it causes problems.
Carrying heavy loads (with or without a trailer) in sunny Michigan summer weather causes your engine and transmission to run at higher temperatures and with more stress. The fluids will break down more quickly. Additives that clean and prevent dangerous corrosion will be depleted sooner. Air pollution and dust cause fluids to get dirty faster. Ditto for filters. All of these things can lead to premature wear and eventual repairs, not to mention your MPG. If you want some expert advice, talk with your friendly All Night Auto Repair advisor. We can help you restore your SUV to good working order and help you know the best schedule to follow.
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33729 Plymouth Rd.
Livonia, Michigan 48150