If you’ve recently purchased a new or new-to-you vehicle, you may be wondering what steps you should be taking to ensure it stays in top shape. From knowing when to get an oil change to getting regular inspections, there’s a lot to know about vehicle maintenance. Thankfully, Ontario Chrysler is here to help you make sense of your new vehicle maintenance routine.
Regular vehicle maintenance is crucial to the health of your vehicle and should be conducted on a consistent basis. In order to assist you in knowing what to expect and help you prepare for maintenance on your vehicle, we’ve compiled a list of what you need to know about routine maintenance. Use this guide to help you know when to bring your vehicle into your dealership for routine maintenance and ensure your vehicle stays in top shape for years to come.
You should bring your truck in every 16,000 kilometres starting at 32,000 kilometres, or about once a year. Only the major service intervals are listed in the following FAQs. You can assume that service tasks are repeated every two intervals. For example, the tasks at 32,000 kilometres are repeated at 64,000 kilometres and 96,000 kilometres.
We inspect the front suspension, tie rod ends, and brake linings, and replace them if needed. We also replace the cabin air filter and adjust the parking brake as needed.
We look at the CV (Constant Velocity) /Universal joints and the transfer case fluid. The engine air filter is replaced. We look at the surfaces of the front and rear axles and check fluid levels if we suspect that your gear oil is leaking. We may also change the axle fluid if you frequently tow a trailer or go off-road.
We combine the inspections and replacements that we did at 32,000 and 48,000 kilometres. We also change the automatic transmission fluid and filter and may change the transfer case fluid, if you frequently tow a trailer.
We repeat the servicing from 32,000 kilometres and we also replace the spark plugs and the PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) valve, if needed. We also flush and replace the engine coolant at this point or at 10 years, whichever is first.
We repeat the servicing from 96,000 kilometres. However, we also change the transfer case fluid, regardless of how you’ve used your vehicles.
We’ve generally addressed all systems and issues by 192,000 kilometres. We then repeat the cycle described at 32,000 kilometres by starting at 224,000 kilometres. Your oil will still need to be changed before that based on the Oil Change Indicator System.
If you bring your truck in after its scheduled maintenance interval, we will perform the last scheduled maintenance on it. If it’s also close to the next interval, we can also combine future maintenance tasks. For example, if you bring your truck in at 190,000 kilometres, we will combine service from 160,000 and 192,000 kilometres.
If you ever have questions or concerns about the health of your vehicle, don’t hesitate in reaching out to the service department at Ontario Chrysler. We are here to help you understand your vehicle maintenance schedule and ensure that your vehicle stays in great shape.