Skepticism abounds on the customer side of the automotive repair industry. Many people are of the opinion that when a repair facility tries to sell them extra services, it’s a tactic to separate hard-working, non car-savvy people from their money. At Assured Auto Works, this is never the case. We only recommend factory-specified, mileage-based maintenance services that are recommended specifically for your vehicle at precise milestones during the life of your car or truck.
What is Factory-Specified Maintenance?
Factory-specified maintenance includes maintenance procedures recommended by the manufacturer of your vehicle based on certain milestones throughout its life. Many of these procedures are regarding fluids, i.e., Transmission Fluid, Coolant, Differential Fluid/Gear Oil, Brake Fluid, Power Steering Fluid, and so on. Other recommended procedures include replacing Air Filters, Spark Plugs, the Timing Belt, and/or more. Sometimes at certain mileages, many components are to be inspected only. However, at major milestones, there is usually a mixture of fluid replacement, component replacement, and inspection. For instance, a 90,000 mile service of a 2000 Honda Civic would include the following:
–Replace Air Filter
–Clean the Antenna
–Replace Brake Fluid
–Inspect Brake Hose/Line
–Inspect Cooling System
–Inspect Drive Belt(s)
–Replace Engine Oil & Oil Filter
–Inspect Exhaust System
–Transmission Fluid & Filter Service
–Inspect Fuel Supply Line
–Inspect Lighting and Horns
–Inspect Parking Brake System
–Replace Spark Plugs
–Inspect Steering & Suspension
–Inspect/Adjust Valve Clearance
This list applies only to this specific model and year, and for other vehicles, factory suggestions will differ. For trucks and rear-wheel drive vehicles, 90,000 miles may call for a Differential Service. For some cars, timing belts are recommended every 70,000 to 90,000 miles, or every 72-84 months. And a timing belt service can include replacing engine seals, belt tensioner, and water pump. While this may seem confusing, it’s only to illustrate the point that your vehicle has specific needs, and that at Assured Auto Works, we want to make sure that those needs are met, in order to keep you on the road as long as possible.
What’s does Assured Auto Works recommend?
As stated previously, factory-specified maintenance includes maintenance procedures recommended by the manufacturer for certain milestones in your vehicle’s life. We at Assured Auto Works adhere to these recommendations in order to service your car or truck correctly and at the right times. However, we will always check your service history (with us if you’ve been here before), or ask you about services you’ve had previously elsewhere. If the factory recommends you get a Cooling System Service at 75,000 miles, but you just had one at 62,000 miles, unless the coolant is dirty there’s probably no need to perform that service again. Also, just because it’s recommended by the factory, does not necessarily mean that it must be done. A cabin air filter that is as clean and white as they day it came off the assembly line does not need to be replaced. The same goes for other components and fluids: we’ll check what’s recommended, and advise you based on what we see. At the end of the day, it will always be your decision, and we will not push for you to purchase services. If we feel something is important, or a safety concern, we will absolutely let you know, but the final decision is always yours.
Is Factory-Recommended Maintenance really that important?
Yes, factory-recommended is absolutely important. Specified maintenance procedures are recommended at precise intervals of your vehicle’s life in order to keep it running smoothly, and also to prevent the need for major repair. Adhering to suggested maintenance schedules will keep your car on the road longer, and will also give you the opportunity to catch problems when they are still minor, rather than when they become big later on. And, as we all know, the bigger the repair, the bigger the cost. Now, this doesn’t mean that we’re robots, blindly following manufacturer guidelines. There’s no reason to change a clean air filter; no reason to flush brake fluid that’s clean and has 0% moisture content. However, it’s always best to bring your car or truck in and let our well-trained, experienced technicians check everything first, so we can make the best recommendations for you and your vehicle. And at the end of it all, a well-maintained car or truck is a pleasure to drive. Taking care of your vehicle and servicing it at regular intervals cultivates a pride of ownership, and gives you peace of mind and confidence in what you’re driving. And really, that’s all you can ask from a car.