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Category Archives: Service Intervals

Hey North Kansas City Drivers, How Many Miles Are On Your Car?

Nowadays, North Kansas City drivers are paying more at Kansas City gas pumps. For some families in the greater Kansas City area, 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 Missouri car owners 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 North Kansas City, Missouri highways have over 75,000 miles on them. The average age of vehicles is over nine years. And most people in Kansas City can’t afford to be stranded or inconvenienced by a break down. 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 auto manufacturer’s manuals don’t publish service intervals after 60,000 miles. Thus, North ... read more

Easy Miles

Have you ever noticed that your car maker has a schedule in your owner’s manual for what is called “severe service” maintenance? Let’s define what severe driving conditions aren’t: The easiest driving a vehicle experiences is traveling on the interstate for twenty miles or more at a constant rate of 65 miles per hour in 75°F weather with only passengers on board. Change any one of those parameters and you are adding stress to your engine. Change them significantly, and you are driving under severe conditions. Let’s look at the essential parameters one a time. First, the length of the trip. Short trips around North Kansas City are harder on an engine than longer ones. As your engine cools down, water in the air condenses onto the engine. When you heat the engine again, the water evaporates off. This is healthy. But on short trips, the engine doesn’t stay hot enough long enough for all of the water to evaporate so it starts to build up in t ... read more