Some of our customers at Lighthouse Automotive Inc are surprised to learn that there are actually two service schedules for their vehicles. One is the regular schedule and the other is the severe service schedule.
Let's look at what the manufacturers say constitutes severe driving conditions and let you draw your own conclusions:
- Most of your trips are less than four miles/six kilometers
- Most of your trips are less than 10 miles/16 kilometers) and outside temperatures are below freezing
- The engine is at low speed most of the time – not on the highway
- You operate your vehicle in dusty areas
- You regularly tow a trailer, carry heavy loads or a car-top carrier
- Stop and go driving
- Driving in very hot or very cold weather
So you can see that a lot has to do with how you drive, but some has to do with where you drive. Some areas of the country will be more or less severe than it is here in NC.
For many, normal driving includes elements of severe service driving. So how do you know? Picture a line with 'regular' on one end and 'severe' on the other, and make a judgment on where you fall.
If your regular oil change recommendation is 5,000 miles/8,000 kilometers and the severe service recommendation is 3,000 miles/5,000 kilometers – when should you change your oil? For some, it's closer to 3,000 miles/5,000 kilometers. For others, it's closer to 5,000 miles/8,000 kilometers . Your service advisor will be happy to have this discussion with you and help you sort it out.
If you drive where the air is dusty or polluted, fluids will become contaminated and filters will get dirtier more quickly.
So make an honest evaluation of your driving conditions in and around the area. You've made the commitment to take care of your vehicles, so it only makes sense to follow the right schedule.
Give us a call for advice for your car based on our local driving conditions.