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  • Writer's pictureTony Begley

A Few Things About Factory Scheduled Maintenance

Updated: Feb 23

If you want to live a long life, you routinely go to the doctor's office, do what they recommend, and - with a little luck - you will have a long life. The same holds true for your vehicle. This is what we call Preventive Maintenance. If you want your vehicle to have a long and healthy life you have to maintain it on a regular basis.

a mechanic performing factory scheduled auto maintenance under a car

Recommended Maintenance Schedule

Maintaining your vehicle when it's new is easy. But, when it's out of warranty, our "Recommended Maintenance Schedule" in conjunction with the Scheduled Maintenance Services from your manufacturer will help you continue maintaining your vehicle to get the most out of your ride.

Cabin Filter Replacement

There are many harmful contaminants in and around your vehicle every day. Most newer vehicles have a cabin filter that filters these contaminants in the air you breathe while in your vehicle. Make sure you replace this filter as recommended by the manufacturer, normally once a year.

Fluid Exchange Services

"Sure, I take care of my vehicle. I change my oil regularly." Sound familiar? Your oil is not the only fluid you should maintain or change. There are many systems that need lubricating. Your manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule helps advise you on when to maintain or change these fluids. Also, see our section on Fluid Changes.

Fuel System Services

We are dedicated to making your vehicle last longer and perform better. By removing engine deposits in combustion chambers, intake manifolds, ports, and on valves, we will restore flow in fuel injectors while cleaning your entire fuel system. This will prevent deposits from forming in the fuel system and upper engine for maximum drivability and fuel economy. The improved fuel economy will also reduce exhaust emissions. Our Fuel System Service will restore that "like new" drivability to an engine's performance and keep it running better, longer, and more efficiently.

Factory Scheduled Maintenance Guide

The factory maintenance guide that's created by the car manufacturer every year is model specific and should be used as a minimum guide for routine maintenance. Not all vehicle models require the same schedule so it's important to use the specific manual for the specific year and model. Not maintaining a vehicle by specific factory minimum standards could result in denied warranty repairs.

Car Scheduled Maintenance Intervals

Every schedule will list explicit maintenance procedures that should be performed at a certain mileage or time interval, whichever comes first. If an interval states that an oil and filter change needs to be performed at 5,000 miles or six months, it means whichever comes first, the 5,000 miles or the elapsed time of six months.

As an example, if the vehicle has 3,000 miles since the last maintenance visit but it has been over six months then the next service should be performed.

To help the car owner keep track of their scheduled maintenance, we will place a sticker in the inside upper left corner of the windshield that lists when the next service should be performed. Most factory schedule booklets also provide an area where the car owner can record each service performed.

Normal or Severe Duty Vehicle Operation

Many factory maintenance schedules will have two separate mileage and/or time intervals, one for normal operation and one for severe duty operation. Normal operation means the car owner drives at consistent highway speeds more often than stop and go city driving. Severe duty operation can include a vehicle that is:

  • operated in consistent stop and go traffic

  • consistently operated at an idle

  • operated in dusty areas

  • operated in extremely hot ambient temperatures

  • towing a trailer

Come experience the Begley Auto Repair difference. We're here to help you with all of your preventive maintenance and factory scheduled maintenance needs. Give us a call or visit one of our two convenient locations in Bradenton.


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