The simple answer for Ukiah auto owners is to follow the auto manufacturer's recommended service intervals listed in your owner's manual or in your service center's database. But the team at West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair in Ukiah sympathizes with Ukiah drivers because of the confusing intervals for modern vehicles.
The days of simple rules of thumb that applied to most vehicles are long gone. For example, let's look at an oil change: car makers' recommendations run anywhere from every 3,000 miles to 15,000 miles. This big range comes from engine design and recommended types of oil - so Ukiah motorists really do need to determine and follow the recommendations for their specific vehicle.
Your owner's service manual will have a schedule for critical maintenance services and inspections.
Service items include: Tire rotation, wheel balancing, oil change, coolant service, transmission service, brake system, power steering system, fuel system, differential service, and transfer case service.
Inspections will include: Alignment check, air conditioning, brakes, suspension, axles, exhaust, tires, lights emissions, belts and hoses, and steering.
It's essential for Ukiah motorists to remember there is no exception that would make it OK to extend an interval. These intervals already assume "best case" conditions for a safe margin of error. However, you may live or drive in Ukiah conditions that are harsher than average. Your owner's manual may have a modified schedule for “severe service" - things like extreme CA temperatures, towing, hauling heavy loads around Ukiah, short trips, stop-and-go expressway conditions, etc.
Consult your owner's manual or with your West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair technician about your driving situation and adjust your service intervals accordingly.
At West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair in Ukiah CA (95482) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at (707) 462-6920. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com