Most Fort Wayne motorists know that their owner’s manuals have schedules for preventive maintenance. Things like oil changes, transmission service and so on. They say you should change your oil every so many miles or after so many months. Fort Wayne people understand this very well. What they may not know is that there are actually two service schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. The mileage and time intervals are lower on the severe service schedule.
Now when you hear “severe service”, you may think it doesn’t apply to you because you don’t feel your driving conditions are severe or extreme – it’s just normal everyday driving around Fort Wayne. At North Wells Service Center, we discuss the conditions that manufacturers classify as severe so that you can make the judgment on your own driving.
- Most trips are less than four miles
- Most trips are less than ten miles and outside temperatures are below freezing in Fort Wayne
- You drive in very hot IN weather
- Driving at low speed most of the time (under 55 mph)
- Stop and go driving
- Operating your vehicle in dusty, polluted or muddy conditions
- You tow a trailer, regularly carry heavy loads or carry a car-top carrier on your automobile
Most Fort Wayne drivers operate under severe driving conditions at least some of the time. How do you know which schedule to follow for your automobile?
Carefully think about your driving conditions and decide if you should do your preventive maintenance closer to the severe service recommendation or the regular recommendation. Of course, your North Wells Service Center advisor can help you with your decision.