Nothing can absolutely guarantee to maintain the value and durability of any automobile. But nothing can offer the same potential for doing so as a diligent maintenance program. Every vehicle has different requirements based upon driving habits, frequency of use, gasoline used and a variety of other factors.
By considering all of these factors and your personal budget, AML can help to determine the optimum maintenance schedule that best suits your needs. As a rule of thumb, we recommend oil changes every 5,000 km or 4 months, whichever occurs first. Other fluid changes, or flushes, we recommend at 50,000 km or 2 year intervals. This includes anti-freeze, brake fluid, transmission (whether automatic or standard), power steering fluid and differential fluid if equipped. Manufacturer's recommended intervals vary by manufacturer and there are many new fluids and technologies involved each model year that may change the interval. It is important to check with your owner's manual and service schedule to be informed as to what is best for your vehicle. At the same time, it is better to err on the side of caution and perform service more frequently if unsure, Manufacturer's service schedules may sometimes be compromised by sales or EPA goals.
For tune-up or spark plug exchange, we suggest following the recommendations of the manufacturer, or as needed. Tires should be rotated every 15,000 km or once a year, to keep the wear patterns even between the front and rear tires.
Regular inspections are one of the most important aspects of any maintenance program. AML performs a "courtesy inspection" on your vehicle at every visit to ensure that road and weather conditions have not affected your vehicle's safety and performance. In addition, we recommend what AML refers to as a maintenance inspection every 15,000 km or once a year as a relatively inexpensive way to identify potential problems before they develop into a breakdown or safety concern. We can assess what repairs are required to keep your vehicle in tip-top condition and prioritize them in order of importance to both safety and comfort.