Category Archives: Service Intervals

Ask CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE About the Importance of Service Intervals

Today in our CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE blog, we're going to talk about following recommended service intervals. Your vehicle isn't the only aspect of your life with recommended intervals: What about six-month dental cleanings and regular physical exams? Then there's laundry, mowing the lawn, paying your electric bill, changing your furnace filter - you get the idea.Now, what would happen if you didn't follow these intervals?For one thing, your teeth may get more cavities. You might not discover health issues that benefit from early detection and treatment. And you'd have to wear dirty clothes, be embarrassed by your overgrown lawn and have your power shut off.We all realize there are some things in life that we have to take care of regularly. If we don't, there are negative consequences. Our quality of life diminishes and it inevitably costs more money.Have you ever wondered, "How often should I bring my car in for scheduled maintenance?" Y ... read more

Is Your NEWNAN Driving Severe?

People near NEWNAN, GA, often ask CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE how often they should have a particular service done. It's a great thing to ask. You can look at your owner's manual or have your NEWNAN, GA, service advisor at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE look up your vehicle in a service database. What you find is often a surprise to people – there are actually two service schedules.One is the regular schedule and the other is the severe service schedule. Service intervals are shorter on the severe service schedule. When asked, most folks in NEWNAN will say that their driving is normal and that the 'regular' schedule probably applies to them. 'Severe service' sounds pretty extreme – 'I don't drive like that.'Well, here is what the manufacturers say constitutes severe driving conditions; you can draw your own conclusions. Most of your trips are less than four miles (six and a half kilometers). Most of your trips are less than ten miles (16 km) and outside temperatures are ... read more

Hey NEWNAN Drivers, How Many Miles Are on Your Car?

Nowadays, NEWNAN drivers are paying more at GA gas pumps. For some families 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 GA drivers 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 NEWNAN, GA, roads have over 75,000 miles (120,000 kilometers) on them. The average age of vehicles is over nine years. And most people in the NEWNAN area can't afford to be stranded or inconvenienced by a breakdown. 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 owner's manuals don't publish service intervals after 60,000 miles (100,000 kilometers). Thus, NEWNAN drivers need to be better at keeping records and planning for preventive maint ... read more

Easy Miles ? Do NEWNAN Driving Conditions Affect Service Intervals?

Have you ever noticed that your vehicle 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 20 miles (32 kilometers) or more at a constant rate of 65 miles per hour (105 kilometers per hour) in 75°F (24°C) 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 parameters one a time. First, the length of the trip. Short trips around NEWNAN 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 ... read more

CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE Advice: Don't Overlook These 10 Automotive Services

Organization is the key to managing a busy life in GA. So setting up an annual calendar for vehicle care can keep NEWNAN residents on top of preventive maintenance. But you can't just write “oil change” every few months on the calendar. Modern vehicles have many systems that are vital to the safe operation of a vehicle, and they all need to be inspected. NEWNAN residents can't afford to overlook any of them.The following is a list of preventive maintenance services that are often overlooked by vehicle owners in the NEWNAN area. They are not presented in any particular order.1. CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE Power Steering Service. Moisture gradually builds up in your power steering fluid, which can lead to corrosion in your steering system. The fluid also gets dirty, which can gum up your steering system. The fluid needs to be replaced periodically.2. CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE Wheel Alignment. Wheels that are out of alignment will cause a ... read more

Recommended NEWNAN Service Intervals

Everyone in NEWNAN, GA, knows we are advised to go to our NEWNAN dentist twice a year.  Oral-conscious NEWNAN residents have a teeth-cleaning and examination. Once a year, we get x-rays to look for problems that can't be seen with the naked eye. When our dentist is done, he/she tells us what was found – "Everything's fine, see you in six months." Or "You've got a small cavity starting, let's schedule an appointment to take care of it." By the time you leave, you have a plan for addressing any necessary issues.This system works so much better than waiting for a painful problem before going into the dentist. Small problems are fixed before they turn into big problems. And you avoid those huge bills.If NEWNAN folks understand the wisdom of using this system for handling dental care, why do many resist when facing the same system for our vehicle maintenance? Following the vehicle manufacturer's recommended intervals can be confusing. First, there are r ... read more

Should NEWNAN Soccer Moms Follow the Severe Service Schedule?

So you take your vehicle in for maintenance and the pro at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE tells you that you ought to change your oil more often. What? You followed the maintenance schedule – but you take a second look at that “severe service” schedule and see some of the following: 1. Most of your trips around NEWNAN are less than four miles/six and a half kilometers.2. Most of your trips are less than 10 miles/16 km when outside GA temperatures are below freezing.3. You don't do a lot of GA freeway driving, so you drive at low speeds most of the time.4. You drive in an area with a lot of pollution, dust, dirt, mud or slush.5. You frequently tow a trailer, haul heavy loads around NEWNAN or use a car-top carrier.6. The weather in your area can get very hot or very cold.Surprising, isn't it? Severe driving isn't quite what you'd envisioned.Ask yourself: "Which auto service schedule should I follow?" For some of us, it's obvious. But for most of us, it ... read more

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