Most drivers come to their service advisor with specific services in mind and an idea of how much they’ll be spending. Sometimes, a courtesy inspection and a review of your service history will uncover additional items that require attention. Vehicle service recommendations are either based on the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule or on a problem uncovered during an inspection.
An important part of the service advisor‘s role is to help you understand the manufacturer’s recommendations for your vehicle. These recommendations help drivers save money on fuel, enjoy better vehicle performance, and avoid a lot of breakdowns and repairs.
Routine vehicle inspections include checking your car’s alignment, air conditioning, brakes, suspension, axles, exhaust, tires, lights, emissions, belts and hoses, and steering. Routine vehicle service items include tire rotation, wheel balancing, oil change, coolant service, transmission service, brake system, power steering system, fuel system, differential service, and transfer case service.
Why Are Regular Vehicle Inspections Important?
Factory-recommended inspections are usually at major intervals like 24,000 miles or 40,000 kilometers. They’re designed to uncover important parts that may be close to failing. Your owner’s manual can tell you when to change your oil, but it can’t tell you that you have a radiator hose that’s bulging and about to burst. For that, you need an experienced vehicle service technician. These scheduled inspections are in addition to the multi-point inspections done with a full-service oil change at All Pro Servicenter.
Your All Pro Servicenter service advisor is an educator who will help you with a plan for catching up on scheduled vehicle services. They are there to help you manage and understand your vehicle’s needs.
Why is Routine Vehicle Maintenance Important?
Car Service Intervals
Most drivers are aware that manufacturers have service intervals for their cars. The engineers that design our vehicles have tested the various systems and components to meet durability and safety standards. Some of these standards are self-imposed and others, like those for emissions components, are government mandated.
The maintenance schedules are designed to achieve the standards. Think of the benefits of following recommended intervals as falling into three general categories: protection, efficiency, and safety.
Protection. Let’s start with motor oil. First of all, the engineers recommend a particular weight and type of motor oil. All of their oil change recommendations assume using the proper motor oil. Motor oil contains detergents and other additives that clean the engine and provide corrosion resistance. Over time, the additives are depleted. The oil also becomes contaminated by water, dirt, and combustion gases. Extending your interval beyond the recommendation means that your engine will be operating without the full protection of fresh motor oil. It also means that sludge can form in contaminated oil and clog up passages in the engine, starving parts from needed lubrication.
Efficiency. Some routine car maintenance services are designed to keep automotive systems operating efficiently. For example, the fuel system gets clogged up with gum and varnish from the fuel. Fuel doesn’t flow efficiently which reduces fuel economy. A fuel system cleaning restores the fuel system’s efficiency and increases your gas mileage.
Safety. Your brakes are obviously one of the most important safety systems in your vehicle. They have scheduled brake pad replacements as well as power brake fluid drain and replacement intervals. Because brakes are so important, a brake inspection is also on the schedule to head off problems before they result in an accident.
So the next time you come into All Pro Servicenter for an oil change, you will get an inspection from your service advisor along with a reminder for recommended services so you can keep your car running in optimal shape. Your All Pro Servicenter service professional can help you work out a maintenance and repair plan, prioritizing and scheduling the work to make sure you and your family can drive safely and avoid expensive breakdowns.
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Scheduled Inspection & Maintenance Frequently Asked Questions
Typically, basic car inspections take around 30-45 minutes. If it has been a long time since your last inspection or a special diagnostic is needed, your vehicle inspection may take a bit longer.
You should always follow the vehicle manufacturers’ guidelines for recommended vehicle service to keep your car running well and to avoid potentially dangerous issues. Your local All Pro service technician can help you prioritize what car maintenance services are the most important to have done and when to have them done.
We recommend that our customers invest in a comprehensive vehicle inspection at least once every year. We also always recommend that everyone has a comprehensive vehicle inspection before purchasing a used vehicle.