Routine service used to mean two or three trips to a service facility per year. During these visits the oil would be changed and the car looked over for needed repairs.However with the advent of synthetic oil, their change interval is between 5,000 and 10,000 miles, depending on service recommendations. I like my cars and tend to keep them for a long time. As such I service and change the oil every 5,000 miles religiously (classic cars at least once a year).
When I say service the cars, I don’t mean merely an oil change. A quick visit to Oil Express for an oil change is insufficient for preventative maintenance. A minor service should start with a road test by a qualified technician for an overall feel for the car and to illuminate any issues that should be checked. Next the car is put up on a lift. The engine oil is drained from the sump. While the oil is being throughly drained, the undercarriage exhaust, brakes, suspension and steering are checked. The tire pressures are checked and adjusted, including the spare. Next the car is lowered on the lift. Whereas the oil filter is changed and related O-rings, belts and hoses checked, battery connections checked and cleaned as necessary. All fluids under hood are checked and topped off and fresh oil is added. Lastly all safety items such as lights, horns and wipers are inspected to be in good working order.
Service is not merely an oil change. Service is the insurance policy that your car is ready for the road. Servicing your car is the best way to keep you and your car going down the road and to keep costly breakdowns at bay.