What’s a Severe Maintenance Schedule?

Back in the day, Sunday meant having a shower, getting dressed for church and then hanging up my Sunday clothes as soon as we got home.  Mom didn’t have to wash those clothes but once a month or so.  Saturdays, on the other hand, were another story entirely: catching lizards, splash contests in mud puddles and crawling through the brush with GI Joe.  Those clothes went straight into the laundry basket.  My Sunday clothes–easy use. My Saturday clothes–hard use.  They required a different laundry schedule.  Severe maintenance schedules are kind of like that.  “Normal” driving has a regular schedule; “hard” driving has a severe service schedule.  Service intervals are shorter on the severe schedule.

Most owner’s manuals will describe severe service as:

  • Stop and go driving
  • Short trips
  • Low speed driving
  • Extreme hot or cold
  • Dusty conditions
  • Carrying heavy loads
  • Towing

For most people, some “severe” driving is part of their everyday routine.  You can check with us about how you drive and see if your routine is closer to the regular or severe definitions and adjust your service intervals for things like oil changes, transmission and cooling system service.

Give Douglas Automotive Repair Inc a call!  We’re happy to assist you.

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