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Belleville, IL 62220
Your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules. The regular schedule and the severe service schedule. It’d be wrong for us to tell you that everyone in St. Louis always needs to follow the severe service schedule – but its wishful thinking to say that the regular schedule is always good enough for your Sedan.
Contact Stock's Underhood Specialists Inc. to learn more about Severe Service Requirements for your Sedan
You can find us at:
321 Centreville Ave.
Belleville, Illinois 62220-1909
Or call us at 618.233.6119
At Stock's Underhood Specialists Inc. we’ll give you the definitions and explain the issues, and you can be the judge. Most manufactures list the following as severe conditions:
So think about your typical week. Do you live a block from a Illinois freeway on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute to work in Fairview Heights or O'Fallon? Or are you like the rest of us where 90% of our trips are on the severe service list?
The answer may be different at different times of the year and for the different drivers in your family. Think of the two service schedules as bookends. 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. Look at your driving patterns and Belleville road conditions and honestly evaluate which end of the spectrum you’re closer to.
If you have a job in a neighboring town such as Swansea or Fairview Heights and most of your commute is freeway miles, you may choose the regular service schedule for your car. On the other hand, if you live within a few miles of work and only get on the highway a handful of times every month, something closer to the severe service schedule is more appropriate.
Now why is this so important? Moisture builds up in the engine oil from normal condensation. Short trips around St. Louis or driving when it’s really cold means that the engine doesn’t heat up enough for the moisture to evaporate. The water in the oil leads to oil sludge that gums up your engine and doesn’t let the oil protect it as well. That’s why you need to change your oil more frequently – to get the sludge out before it causes problems.
Towing, heavy loads and very hot Illinois summer weather means that your engine and transmission will operate at higher temperatures and with more stress. The fluids will break down more quickly. Additives that clean and prevent corrosion will be depleted sooner. Dusty conditions, which may extend also to areas with high air pollution, mean that fluids will get dirty faster and that filters will plug up and won’t work right.
All of these things can lead to premature wear and repairs down the road. They’ll also hurt your fuel economy. If you want some personalized advice, talk with your honest Stock's Underhood Specialists Inc. service advisor. We can help you restore your vehicle to good working order and help you know the best schedule to follow. If you’re not sure, err on the side of protection.
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