Car Care Tips

Frankfort Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules



Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among Frankfort auto owners, SUV manufacturers publish two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should Frankfort drivers follow?
Here are some questions to ask yourself:

Are most of your trips less than four miles around Frankfort?
Are most of your trips less than 10 miles in below-zero Illinois temps?
Are most of your trips off-highway in Illinois ?
Do you drive often in dusty Frankfort areas?
Do you regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads around Frankfort?
Do you drive in very hot or very cold Illinois weather?


Think about your typical week. Do you live by your nearest Frankfort freeway on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute to Frankfort or Frankfort? Or, do you drive the neighborhood car pool in stop-and-go traffic on Frankfort surface streets?

Let’s suppose your owner’s manual says the severe service oil change recommendation is 3,000 miles and the standard recommendation is 5,000 miles. You know that you need to change the oil somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000 miles. Analyze your driving patterns and Frankfort weather and road conditions to determine which end of the spectrum you’re closer to.

Why should Frankfort drivers care about this? Normal condensation causes moisture accumulation in the engine oil. Short trips around Frankfort or winter driving means that the engine doesn’t heat up enough for the moisture to evaporate. The water in the oil turns to detrimental oil sludge that clogs up your engine and doesn’t let the oil protect it adequately. That’s why Illinois auto owners need to change their oil more often – to clean the sludge out before it causes problems.

Carrying heavy loads (with or without a trailer) in pleasant Illinois summer weather causes your engine and transmission to run at higher temperatures and with more stress. The fluids will break down more quickly. Additives that clean and prevent dangerous corrosion will be depleted sooner. Air pollution and dust cause fluids to get dirty faster. Ditto for filters. All of these things can lead to premature wear and eventual repairs, not to mention your fuel efficiency. If you want some expert advice, talk with your friendly Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Frankfort advisor. We can help you restore your SUV to good working order and help you know the best schedule to follow.

To learn more, watch our informative AutoNetTV auto video tips at the top of this post.

Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Frankfort
815-469-7900
20250 S. Lagrange Rd
Frankfort, Illinois 60423

Latest Posts

Categories

Air Conditioning
Alignment
Automotive News
Battery
Brakes
Cabin Air Filter
Check Engine Light
Cooling System
Diagnostics
Diesel Maintenance
Differential Service
Drive Train
Emergency Items
Engine Air Filter
Exhaust
Fluids
Fuel Economy
Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down
Fuel System
Inspection
Keys to a long lasting vehicle
Maintenance
Monitoring System
Older Vehicles
Parts
Safety
Service Intervals
Service Standards
Shocks & Struts
Steering
Suspension
Timing Belt
Tires and Wheels
Transmission
Windshield Wipers

Archives

October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014

your local Tuffy, please enter your zip code or city and state for the location nearest you.