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Category Archives: Service Intervals

Is Your KANSAS CITY Driving Severe?

People near KANSAS CITY, MO, often ask The Muffler Doctor how often they should have a particular service done. It's a great thing to ask. You can look at your owner's manual or have your KANSAS CITY, MO, service advisor at The Muffler Doctor look up your vehicle in a service database. What you find is often a surprise to people – there are actually two service schedules.One is the regular schedule and the other is the severe service schedule. Service intervals are shorter on the severe service schedule. When asked, most folks in KANSAS CITY will say that their driving is normal and that the 'regular' schedule probably applies to them. 'Severe service' sounds pretty extreme – 'I don't drive like that.'Well, here is what the manufacturers say constitutes severe driving conditions; you can draw your own conclusions. Most of your trips are less than four miles (six and a half kilometers). Most of your trips are less than ten miles (16 km) and outside temperat ... read more

Hey KANSAS CITY Drivers, How Many Miles Are on Your Car?

Nowadays, KANSAS CITY drivers are paying more at MO gas pumps. For some families it adds up to several hundred dollars every month. That's got to come out of the budget somewhere. This is one of the reasons many MO drivers are putting off buying a new car. They plan on keeping their old vehicle for a year or two longer than before.Even now, 2/3 of the personal vehicles on our local KANSAS CITY, MO, roads have over 75,000 miles (120,000 kilometers) on them. The average age of vehicles is over nine years. And most people in the KANSAS CITY area can't afford to be stranded or inconvenienced by a breakdown. So following a regular maintenance schedule, like personal diet and exercise plans, is actually critical to preserving your investment.Determining what to do for a higher-mileage vehicle can be challenging because many owner's manuals don't publish service intervals after 60,000 miles (100,000 kilometers). Thus, KANSAS CITY drivers need to be better at keeping records and planning ... read more

Should KANSAS CITY Soccer Moms Follow the Severe Service Schedule?

So you take your vehicle in for maintenance and the pro at The Muffler Doctor tells you that you ought to change your oil more often. What? You followed the maintenance schedule – but you take a second look at that “severe service” schedule and see some of the following: 1. Most of your trips around KANSAS CITY are less than four miles/six and a half kilometers.2. Most of your trips are less than 10 miles/16 km when outside MO temperatures are below freezing.3. You don't do a lot of MO freeway driving, so you drive at low speeds most of the time.4. You drive in an area with a lot of pollution, dust, dirt, mud or slush.5. You frequently tow a trailer, haul heavy loads around KANSAS CITY or use a car-top carrier.6. The weather in your area can get very hot or very cold.Surprising, isn't it? Severe driving isn't quite what you'd envisioned.Ask yourself: "Which auto service schedule should I follow?" For some of us, it's obvious. But for most of ... read more