Category Archives: Service Intervals

Should MEMPHIS Soccer Moms Follow the Severe Service Schedule?

So you take your vehicle in for maintenance and the pro at Winchester Tire & Alignment 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 MEMPHIS are less than four miles/six and a half kilometers.2. Most of your trips are less than 10 miles/16 km when outside TN temperatures are below freezing.3. You don't do a lot of TN 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 MEMPHIS 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 o ... read more

Is Your MEMPHIS Driving Severe?

Is Your MEMPHIS Driving Severe?

People near MEMPHIS, TN, often ask Winchester Tire & Alignment 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 MEMPHIS, TN, service advisor at Winchester Tire & Alignment 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 MEMPHIS 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 te ... read more

Recommended MEMPHIS Service Intervals

Recommended MEMPHIS Service Intervals

Everyone in MEMPHIS, TN, knows we are advised to go to our MEMPHIS dentist twice a year.  Oral-conscious MEMPHIS 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 MEMPHIS 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 a ... read more

Recommended Service Intervals at Winchester Tire & Alignment

Recommended Service Intervals at Winchester Tire & Alignment

Most people in the MEMPHIS area are aware that automotive manufacturers have recommended service intervals. Following recommended service intervals is very important. The engineers that design our vehicles have tested the various systems and components to meet durability and safety standards. Some of these standards are self-imposed and others, like those for emissions components, are government mandated for areas in TN.The maintenance schedules are designed to achieve the standards. Think of the benefits of following recommended intervals as falling into three general categories: Protection, Efficiency and Safety.Protection. Let's start with motor oil. First of all, the engineers recommend a particular weight and type of motor oil for your vehicle. All of their oil change recommendations assume using the proper motor oil. Motor oil contains detergents and other additives that clean the engine and provide corrosion resistance. Over tim ... read more

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