If you drive under any of these severe conditions, your vehicle will require more maintenance to drive and perform as intended with fewer repairs or breakdowns. Another consideration is how long you anticipate keeping your vehicle and resale value (vehicle with good maintenance records is always valued higher). If you are like a lot people now days, keeping a vehicle over 200,000 miles is more the norm. Where as 100,000 miles not too long ago was considered worn out and ready to be crushed.
With all the new advances in vehicle materials, designs and fluids, cars and trucks last longer. All the manufacturers try to cut cost of operation per mile so that their cost of operation is lower than their competitor. They have consumers doing less maintenance, extending oil change intervals and calling fluids life time (life time transmission fluid / life time coolant / life time power steering). These fluids are greatly improved, but their additives wear out and a small amount of material from normal wear buildup. This buildup of worn materials and aging of additives create an effect, much like a snowball rounding down hill, causing at some point rapid damage and destruction.
Weekly, we see higher mileage vehicles that have problems that they would not have if they had done more maintenance. We are finding out from doing the service and repairs that with the minimum maintenance being performed that issues have arisen and lead to having more repairs. Compared to vehicles that had more maintenance relative to its owner’s habits and situation, we have noticed they need fewer repairs. Also they were in much better condition, lasted longer and retained their value.
Items needing maintenance are: Fluids, Belts, Hoses, Tires, Filters, Suspension, Battery, Engine, Transmission, and Drive Lines.
If you are wondering what is due on your vehicle at this time and mileage, call or email with your year, make, mileage, and how vehicle is used. Also past history of maintenance would be helpful. We can look it up in our database and the manufacturers maintenance schedule and advise.