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Smart Car Care for DeSoto Drivers: Service Intervals

Posted on August 29,14 by admin

I’m really confused about auto service intervals for various items on my car. Help!

Gillette Automotive Service Inc. Answer:
The simple answer for DeSoto drivers is to follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended service intervals listed in your owner’s manual or in your service center’s database. But the team at Gillette Automotive Service Inc. in DeSoto sympathizes with DeSoto drivers because of the confusing intervals for modern vehicles.

The days of simple rules of thumb that applied to most vehicles are long gone. For example, let’s look at an oil change: auto manufacturers’ recommendations run anywhere from every 3,000 miles to 15,000 miles. This big range comes from engine design and recommended types of oil – so DeSoto motorists really do need to identify and follow the recommendations for their specific vehicle.

Your owner’s service manual will have a schedule for important maintenance services and inspections.

Service items include:
Tire rotation, wheel balancing, oil change, coolant service, transmission service, brake system, power steering system, fuel system, differential service, and transfer case service.

Inspections will include:
Alignment check, air conditioning, brakes, suspension, axles, exhaust, tires, lights emissions, belts and hoses, and steering.

It’s vital for DeSoto auto owners to remember there is no exception that would make it OK to extend an interval. These intervals already assume “best case” conditions for a safe margin of error. However, you may live or drive in DeSoto conditions that are harsher than average. Your owner’s manual may have a modified schedule for “severe service” – things like extreme TX temperatures, towing, hauling heavy loads around Cedar Hill, short trips, stop-and-go highway conditions, etc.

Consult your owner’s manual or with your Gillette Automotive Service Inc. technician about your driving situation and adjust your service intervals accordingly.

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Gillette Automotive Service Inc.
1321 East Parkerville Road
DeSoto, TX 75115


At Gillette Automotive Service Inc. in DeSoto TX (75115) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 972.230.1359. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit

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Gillette Automotive Inc.

1321 E Parkerville Road

DeSoto, TX 75115

Phone: 972.230.1359

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