Recent advances in automotive technology have resulted in vehicles that are better built, more service-free
than ever before—but extremely complicated. One look under the hood of any late model vehicle and you
know what we mean.
To assure peak performance and to assure that you get the years of trouble-free driving you expect, the
manufacturer has developed a recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle.
This maintenance service must be completed in order to keep your warranty valid—and the trained
technicians at Skillman Services can perform these services recommended by each manufacturer. Look in
your glove box for your owner's manual.
There are two types of maintenance services: minor service and major service. Minor services are generally
performed at 7,500, 15,000, 45,000 and 75,000 miles, while major services are performed at 30,000,
60,000 and 90,000 miles.
While it varies by make and model, minor services generally include changing the oil and oil filter,
lubricating the chassis if it has not been factory sealed, and an inspection of all fluids, filters, hoses, brakes
Major services include these plus the replacement of various filters, fluids, and spark plugs. Other
specified major services relate to the fuel delivery, emissions, and ignition systems. Some manufacturers
even recommend tire rotation as part of a major service.
Again, your warranty is safe and secure at Skillman Services. Our technicians are fully qualified to perform
most of the services recommended by each manufacturer. So, if a car dealer says you must have their
expensive shop do the work—or you’ll lose your warranty—it’s just not the case in most instances.
In fact, the U.S. Government passed the Magnuson-Moss Act to protect you from this money-costing ploy by
many auto dealerships*.
*The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act is a component of the Federal Trade Commission Improvement Act, and was passed in an effort to “improve the
adequacy of information available to consumers, to prevent deception, and improve competition...” It mandates disclosures designed to enhance
consumer protection through awareness of implied and express warranties attached to products and services.
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