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Scheduled and Recommended Automotive Maintenance Interval Services in Eugene, Oregon

Updated /23/2017

Do you want your car to last forever? Irv Gordon has had his 1966 Volvo P1800 for over three million miles. How did he do it? He says he never ignored any strange noises, vibrations, or smells. He also diligently followed the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance at the intervals he was supposed to. To date, Volvo has gifted Irv with three brand new cars: one every time his car’s odometer has read 000000. Irv still drives the P1800. “It just feels better,” he says.

Manufacturer’s Recommended Service Intervals

If you own your vehicle’s manual, you will be able to find somewhere inside it a table of all your vehicle’s recommended services. This might be the single-most important part of that little book. Following the manufacturer’s recommended service intervals will mean the difference between a beaten-down, tired, broken vehicle and a sturdy, peppy, dependable down the line. For years, auto buyers were told that vehicles had a useful life of around 100,000 miles… after this mark, it was assumed, maintenance and repair costs would overwhelm the cost of simply buying a new car. For years, this was basically true especially if you bought certain makes and models. It wasn’t until the late 70’s that some vehicles made by lesser-known foreign auto manufacturers began to show the signs of being able to truly stand the test of time. Advances in materials technology combined with ever-better quality control to create machines that were both stout and intricate; legendary power plants like Mercedes Benz’ om617 and Toyota’s 20B threw down the gauntlet for rugged durability. In the 80’s, quality culture and the Japanese economic miracle paved the way for other manufactures to start making vehicles designed to keep rolling well past the 100,000 mile mark.

Most modern vehicles can expect to hit the six-figure landmark, but not even the most well-designed and well-engineered cars can withstand improper maintenance. Well, unless you are talking about a Toyota Diesel Hilux, but we never got them here in the states. As for all the other vehicles, paying attention to your fluids, filters, belts, and adjustments is essential for the longevity of your car, truck, or SUV.

Advanced computers and technology present challenging new aspects of performing routine interval maintenance services on modern vehicles that we never had to worry about before just a few years ago. As part of an overall revenue strategy, some vehicle manufacturers have started make it difficult or impossible for the end user to maintain and repair their own vehicles. The reasons are threefold: first, due to electronic control, some items need to be adjusted within tight tolerances or with specialized tools; second, it forces vehicle buyers to use the manufacturer’s dealership shops; third, it gently suggests that after the major warranty maintenance period is over, it might be best to trade up for a newer car. Luckily, Jackson’s Auto Care strives to keep up with all the latest advances in vehicle maintenance and in-vehicle electronics. We believe taking care of what you have ultimately pays off.

Fluids

Whether it be oil, coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid, windshield wiper fluid, or what have you, cars contain a surprising amount of liquid. Keeping these different fluids clean and consistent with the manufacturer’s recommendations is a cornerstone of proper car maintenance. Jackson’s will keep you on track for all your fluid change needs.

Filters

Oftentimes, the fluids in a vehicle run through filters that capture dirt and debris so it doesn’t harm the engine. When these filters become dirty or clogged, they prevent the fluid they filter from doing their proper work. Every filter in your car needs to be replaced eventually. Let Jackson’s Auto Care get in there and do the dirty work.

Belts

Belts use power from the crank to power accessories attached to your engine such as the alternator, power steering pump, air conditioning condenser, and many more. Even if a belt does not appear worn out, that does not guarantee it is still performing to spec. Only keeping to a regular maintenance schedule can do that. Jackson’s Auto Care can help.

Adjustments

If you are not familiar with the way car engines work, you have probably never even heard of “valve lash.” Somebody might have said “timing” at some point, and you might have had the impression it was important. And how do you pop-test an injector, anyway? For all the minute adjustments your manufacturer’s manual calls for, Jackson’s Auto Care has the tool and the time to get it where it needs to be.

Three Million Mile Club And More

Be like Irv. His P1800 is still running today at over 3 million miles strong, and most of that can be attributed to his following Volvo’s instructions for maintenance interval services. We all know that Irv’s is a special case, but it teaches a valuable lesson: diligence and care now can save you despair and heartache later.

Consult your owner’s manual for a list of interval services. Hopefully, someone has been keeping a log of all services performed on the vehicle. If not, now would be a great time to start. Keeping track of your services will help you and your mechanic to eliminate possible explanations for unexpected mechanical problems. Keeping track of your services also increases the value of your vehicle to any perspective buyer. Buying a used car is a nerve-wracking process; knowing that the former owner cared to not only perform but also document their recommended services gives potential used car buyers peace of mind. And then there’s always the pride of knowing that your ownership of your vehicle is a responsibility you have handled with decency and respect to the men and women who designed and built it. That might be worth more than anything else, especially in our throw-away culture.

Not attending to your vehicle manufacturer’s service recommendations will cause irreparable harm to your engine. Don’t procrastinate. Let an AAA-certified auto technician talk to you about a service plan today.

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