Demystifying the Confusing World of Service Intervals

Volkswagen Arteon | Auto Repair

Many drivers have questions when it comes to service intervals. The simplest answer is: follow the service interval recommended in your owner’s manual or our database.

That being said, we understand the service intervals for late-model vehicles can be confusing!

Service Intervals Have Become More Complex

In the past, there were simple rules of thumb that applied to most vehicles. Unfortunately, with newer technology and so many different types of vehicles out on the road, service intervals have become highly individualized. Let’s look at oil changes, for example. In the past, an oil change was recommended every 3,000-5,000 miles. Now, depending on your vehicle, it could be anywhere from 3,000-15,000 miles! Why is there such a range? It comes down to differences in engine design and the type of oil the engine uses.

So, when it comes to service intervals, it’s very important to read the owner’s manual and follow the recommendations for your specific vehicle. The owner’s manual will include a schedule for maintenance services, as well as inspections.

Service items include:

  • Brake system
  • Power steering system
  • Fuel system
  • Differential service
  • Transfer case service

Inspection items include:

  • Tires
  • Lights
  • Emissions
  • Belts
  • Hoses
  • Steering

How Important Are Service Intervals, Really?

Can you put off your service interval? Unfortunately, these intervals already assume “best case” conditions for a safe margin of error. Putting off the recommended service interval may also risk voiding your manufacturer’s warranty. If you drive in conditions that are considered more extreme than average, let your service advisor know.

Many owner’s manuals also include a modified schedule for “severe” service,” which includes conditions like towing, hauling heavy loads, frequent high-mileage trips, short trips, stop-and-go conditions, and more. Consult your owner’s manual for service recommendations or talk with your service advisor about your driving situation, and we can help you adjust your service intervals accordingly.

From scheduled maintenance to diagnostics and repair, you can always rely on the team here at EuroCar Service to keep your car on the road and performing its best. We specialize in all European makes, including Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Fiat, Land Rover, Mini-Cooper, Smart Car, Jaguar, Volkswagen, Saab, and Volvo. Schedule your recommended service or inspection today, or contact us at (206) 527-8828 to receive personalized recommendations for your vehicle and driving conditions!