Simple Answers from Techline Motors in Kitchener : Severe Service

Question:
What is a severe service maintenance schedule?

Techline Motors Answer:
When I was a kid in, Sunday meant having a bath, getting dressed for church and then hanging up my Sunday clothes as soon as we got home. Mom didn’t have to wash those clothes but once a month or so. 

Now, Saturdays were another story entirely: catching lizards, splash contests in mud puddles and crawling through the brush. Those clothes went straight into the laundry basket. My Sunday clothes, easy use. My Saturday clothes, hard use. They required a different laundry schedule. Severe service maintenance schedules are kind of like that for Kitchener drivers. “Normal” driving has a regular schedule; “hard” driving has a severe service schedule. Service intervals are shorter on the severe schedule.

Most owner’s manuals will describe severe service as:
– Stop and go driving
– Short trips
– Low speed driving
– Extreme hot or cold
– Dusty conditions
– Carrying heavy loads
– Towing

For most Kitchener people, some “severe” driving is part of their everyday routine. You can talk to your Techline Motors service advisor about how you drive around the Kitchener area and see if your routine is closer to the regular or severe definitions and adjust your service intervals for things like oil changes, transmission and cooling system service.

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