Following Your Vehicle’s Recommended Service Intervals

If you are in the Denver or Front Range region of Colorado and you are reading this article, then you most likely care about your car and that it runs smoothly and efficiently.   Even though you care, most of us still have that moment of dread when your service advisor tells you that the manufacturer of your vehicle recommends some additional service.  Your heart beats a little faster, your blood pressure rises, and you start to worry about spending more money than you eygyxpected.

You also start worrying that if you say “no” to these recommendations, you might be harming your car or compromising safety.

I’ll take the risk here of sounding like your dad, but you really should have done your homework.  All of this stuff is actually in your owners manual.  But who actually reads those?  I bet it’s not on your nightstand for your bedtime reading, right?

Cars are complicated machines and it takes care to keep them in  good running order.  That is why manufacturers have maintenance schedules that explain how to keep your vehicle performing efficiently and prevent costly break downs.  In a typical owners manual, you will find:  oil change, brake fluid and pad change, coolant system service, transmission service, battery electrolyte levels, cables and terminals, tire pressure, and wear, CV boots, cabin air filter, air conditioning, heater, fuel filter, air filter, belts and hoses, power steering fluid, differential service, fuel system cleaning, and wheel alignment.  And then there are mechanical service requirements like timing belt changes, steering function, engine and exhaust leaks, valve adjustment, – yes, the list is really long!

Thank goodness, this isn’t a test and you don’t need to have it all memorized either!  At Aspen Auto Clinic we have access to you manufacturer’s recommendations.  So do not be surprised when your ASE Certified Technician at Aspen reminds you that something is due on your vehicle.  Your manufacturer has taken great care in putting together your maintenance schedule.  Let Aspen Auto Clinic help you stay on top of important maintenance.  We also have an easy system you can sign up to use to track your vehicle history with us too and you can get email reminders to help you stay on schedule as well.  You can expect your service advisor to suggest recommended services and tell you what problems they find under the hood if any do come up.  We’ll also explain how urgent these services are so you can work them into your budget and lessen your stress.

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