Google My Business CircleFacebook

Call us for all your car needs! 217-228-9141

TECHNET
Spring Street
Automotive Reviews

AUTONET TV

Severe Service Requirements

Posted July 7, 2019 7:51 AM

A lot of Quincy drivers have asked whether or not they should use their severe service maintenance schedule, which is listed in their vehicle's  owner's  manual. It can be somewhat confusing, so we decided to consult an expert. Cricket Killingsworth is from QMI/Heartland, a manufacturer of automotive products and fluids. She's been in the automotive business for over 30 years and is a speaker, a trainer and a writer.

Cricket says there's so much confusion on this topic because, "Most owner's manuals actually have two maintenance schedules. Sometimes these are called 'regular service' and 'severe service.' Sometimes they're simply called Schedule 1 and Schedule 2. A severe service schedule recommends that things like an oil change, air filter replacement and transmission service be done more often: either in fewer miles or in less time."

Foreign and domestic vehicle manufacturers create a specific schedule for each vehicle they manufacture. So there isn't one generic schedule that applies to all vehicles. In addition to your owner's manual, Quincy automotive repair centers (including Spring Street Automotive Inc) subscribe to information services that provide the auto maintenance schedules for every vehicle - so they can help Quincy drivers know when to take care of needed services. Below is a typical definition for severe service.

  • Most trips are less than four miles/six and a half kilometers
  • Most trips are less than 10 miles/16 km and outside temperatures are below freezing
  • You drive regularly in very hot IL weather
  • The engine is at low speed most of the time (not on the freeway)
  • Stop and go driving
  • You drive in in dusty or muddy conditions
  • You routinely tow a trailer, haul heavy loads or carry a car-top carrier around Quincy

It's common sense for Quincy drivers: Just a few minutes at higher speeds allows the moisture in the oil to evaporate. Very short trips, or trips of less than 10 miles when it's very cold, don't allow the engine to heat up enough to get rid of the water. And water in the oil leads to damaging sludge. Also, towing and heavy loads raise operating temperatures and cause fluids to break down faster. Dusty and muddy driving around Quincy means that more dirt will get past the air filter to contaminate the fuel system and engine oil.

The bottom line is that you need to decide for yourself if the regular or severe service schedule is right for you, based on your driving habits. Look at your owner's manual or talk with your Spring Street Automotive Inc service advisor who can help you know which schedule to follow.

Here is what a fleet manager said recently: "Since city miles are generally tougher on vehicles than highway miles, we use the manufacturer's severe service schedule as the basis for our preventative maintenance program. We massage those schedules over time, increasing or decreasing the service intervals so that they make the most sense. There is a little bit of art to go along with the science."

Make an honest evaluation of your driving habits. Unless you do mostly IL highway driving in moderate weather, you'll likely have a fairly good amount of severe service mixed in. Some Quincy drivers just want to play it safe and follow the severe service recommendations, rather than analyzing how they drive each month.

Ask us for help evaluating your driving and service needs.

Spring Street Automotive Inc
1701 Spring Street
Quincy, IL 62301
217-228-9141
http://www.springstreetauto.com



Search



Archive

June 2015 (3)
July 2015 (1)
September 2015 (2)
October 2015 (5)
November 2015 (3)
December 2015 (3)
February 2016 (2)
March 2016 (4)
April 2016 (4)
May 2016 (5)
June 2016 (4)
July 2016 (4)
August 2016 (5)
September 2016 (4)
October 2016 (4)
November 2016 (5)
December 2016 (4)
January 2017 (5)
February 2017 (4)
March 2017 (4)
April 2017 (3)
May 2017 (5)
June 2017 (4)
July 2017 (5)
August 2017 (3)
September 2017 (3)
October 2017 (4)
November 2017 (5)
December 2017 (3)
January 2018 (5)
February 2018 (4)
March 2018 (4)
April 2018 (5)
May 2018 (4)
June 2018 (4)
July 2018 (5)
August 2018 (4)
September 2018 (5)
October 2018 (4)
November 2018 (4)
December 2018 (5)
January 2019 (5)
February 2019 (3)
March 2019 (5)
April 2019 (4)
May 2019 (4)
June 2019 (5)
July 2019 (4)
August 2019 (4)
September 2019 (5)
October 2019 (2)

Categories

Air Conditioning (6)Alignment (10)Alternator (1)Auto Safety (5)Automotive News (3)Battery (5)Brake Service (2)Brakes (7)Cabin Air Filter (2)Check Engine Light (3)Cooling System (8)Dashboard (1)Diagnostics (4)Did You Know (2)Drive Train (4)Engine Air Filter (1)Exhaust (5)Fluids (4)Fuel Economy (2)Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down (1)Fuel System (24)Headlamps (1)Inspection (2)Keys to a long lasting vehicle (2)Maintenance (26)Monitoring System (3)Oil Change (1)Older Vehicles (2)Parts (3)Safety (4)Serpentine Belt (3)Service Intervals (8)Service Standards (8)Shocks & Struts (4)Steering (4)Suspension (1)Timing Belt (3)Tires and Wheels (22)Transfer Case (1)Transmission (4)Warranty (1)What Customers Should Know (4)Wheel Bearings (1)Windshield Wipers (5)

ASSOCIATIONS

  • ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)
  • Car Care Aware