How often should my car be serviced?
It’s a good and necessary thing to have your car serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommended service intervals. But of course it’s a better thing if your car is serviced more frequently because that ensures that the brakes, the steering, the suspension etc. are all looked after more carefully and more frequently which can also improve the saleability of that car, whether old or new.
Debate over this matter continues to rage and the issue is forever being fueled by conflicting advice, mixed marketing messages and inadequate information.
The truth is simple – service your vehicle every 6 months.
It can be very tempting with an older vehicle to fall into the trap of extending the time and distance intervals between services but that’s not a good idea. An older vehicle if anything needs more regular servicing. If these service schedules are left too long then it could result in fairly drastic engine damage.
People often believe only the amount of miles driven is all that matters, but a quick read of almost any vehicle’s service schedule should help towards clearing things up - 5,000 miles or every 6 months.
Often car owners only accumulate around 15,000 miles a year which is too long to wait for a vehicle to be serviced. Even cars that are driven rarely still require regular oil changes. Mechanics commonly find that good advice can be often misconstrued as a sales pitch. Oils and automotive fluids that are found in all vehicles do deteriorate over time so changing them periodically is both appropriate and essential.
Trusting and communicating directly with the same mechanic throughout the period of your car ownership ensures that your vehicle is maintained and not just serviced. Mechanics that have the opportunity to regularly service and maintain your vehicles every 6 months understandably develop an even greater concern for a car and it’s owner.
Japan Motors of West Sacramento is proud of the fact that you are invited at every opportunity to communicate and deal directly with the Master ASE Certified Technician who owns and operates the workshop.
When should I get my car serviced?
Be on the alert for changes in your car’s performance, unusual sounds, and visual tip−offs that indicate service is needed.
Some important clues are as follows:
- · Engine missing, stumbling, or pinging
- · Appreciable loss of power
- · Strange engine noises
- · A leak under the vehicle (however, water dripping from the air conditioning after use is normal.)
- · Change in exhaust sound (This may indicate a dangerous carbon monoxide leak. Drive with the windows open and have the exhaust system checked immediately.)
- · Flat−looking tire; excessive tire squeal when cornering; uneven tire wear
- · Vehicle pulls to one side when driving straight on a level road
- · Strange noises related to suspension movement
- · Loss of brake effectiveness; spongy feeling brake or clutch pedal; pedal almost touches floor; vehicle pulls to one side when braking
- · Engine coolant temperature continually higher than normal
If you notice any of these clues, take your vehicle to Japan Motors of West Sacramento as soon as possible. It probably needs adjustment or repairs. Better to get a timely, small repair, rather than wait and get a large, costly repair.
CAUTION: Do not continue driving with the vehicle unchecked. It could result in serious vehicle damage and possibly personal injury.