- » Does your driving consist of stop-and-go short trips in the city?
- » Have you recently logged most of your miles on roads with heavy construction and poor air quality?
- » Do you drive more than 100,000 Kilometers per year?
Make Vancouver Axle and Frame your vehicle’s lube and oil service center in the Fraser Valley, BC! All of our work is certified provincially and federally, and we are authorized to certify the safety of your vehicle with Transport Canada’s National Safety Mark (NSM). We do express lube and oil and all preventative maintenance right! We work on vehicles from small passenger cars to medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles, including RVs and fifth wheels. Contact us NOW to get placed in our data base, and we’ll remind you (4) weeks before you’re due for maintenance!
Vehicles can vary significantly in their preventative maintenance (PM) schedule. Although your owner’s manual recommends a PM specific to your model, also gauge your maintenance frequency by the type, age, and purpose of your vehicle and how you drive:
Type of vehicle: Do you drive a passenger car? An RV that’s built like a fancy house? A heavy-duty truck? Each has its own set of instructions.
Age of vehicle: Newer vehicle makes and models can often go for longer intervals between oil changes. Find out yours.
Purpose of vehicle: Do you use your vehicle for business daily for hundreds of kilometers? Do you infrequently use your vehicle (think RV) for vacations? Something in between?
Rate your driving behaviors: Do you drive too fast for conditions? Cut in and out of traffic? Brake hard? Drive into curbs? Gun the engine? Ease up; your vehicle will be grateful.
Other factors that warrant more frequent oil changes:
- Short trips and local driving
- Stop-and-go driving
- Extremely cold/hot weather
- Road conditions (are roads wet, snow-covered or icy)?
- Air quality (are roads under construction?)
- Towing (do you pull a trailer, camper, or other vehicle?)
- Sustained high-speed driving
- Significant number of miles routinely driven
Stop-And-Go Driving Vs. Highway Driving
If your vehicle is driven stop and go, your transmission gets stressed from upshifting and downshifting. Also, your brakes, tires and suspension parts will be prone to more wear and tear. And, if your vehicle rarely warms up all the way before you shut it off, your oil will almost certainly get contaminated.
Highway driving is easier mileage. Your transmission shifts less. Your brake use is less. Your suspension and tires are stressed less, especially when driving on straight roads in good repair. And the potential for contaminating your oil is low since you burn off the contaminants.
Need PM inspections for your commercial vehicle(s)?
In Canada, regulations dictate the safe operation of commercial vehicles. Preventative Maintenance is an important part of safety. Learn more about the National Safety Code Standard Maintenance and Periodic Inspection Standards.
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