driving requirements and lifestyles differ among Chicago drivers,
Minivan manufacturers publish two auto maintenance schedules: the
regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
Are most of your trips less than four miles?
Are most of your trips less than 10 miles in below-zero Illinois temps?
Are most of your trips off-highway?
Do you drive often in dusty areas?
Do you regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads around Chicago?
Do you drive in very hot or very cold Illinois weather?
about your typical week. Do you live by your nearest Chicago freeway
on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute to Chicago or Old irving park? Or,
do you drive the neighborhood car pool in stop-and-go traffic on surface
Let’s suppose your owner’s manual says the severe service
oil change recommendation is 3,000 miles and the standard recommendation
is 5,000 miles. You know that you need to change the oil somewhere
between 3,000 and 5,000 miles. Analyze your driving patterns and Chicago
weather and road conditions to determine which end of the spectrum
you’re closer to.
Why should Chicago drivers care about this? Normal
condensation causes moisture accumulation in the engine oil. Short trips
around Chicago or winter driving means that the engine doesn’t heat up
enough for the moisture to evaporate. The water in the oil turns to oil
sludge that clogs up your engine and doesn’t let the oil protect it
adequately. That’s why Illinois drivers need to change their oil more
often – to clean the sludge out before it causes problems.
heavy loads (with or without a trailer) in hot Illinois summer weather
causes your engine and transmission to run at higher temperatures and
with more stress. The fluids will break down more quickly. Additives
that clean and prevent corrosion will be depleted sooner. Air pollution
and dust cause fluids to get dirty faster. Ditto for filters. All of
these things can lead to premature wear and eventual repairs, not to
mention your fuel economy. If you want some expert advice, talk with
your honest Triangle Auto Service advisor. We can help you restore your
Minivan to good working order and help you know the best schedule to
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