Scheduled Maintenance Services

Scheduled Maintenance Services

Advances in automotive technology have resulted in vehicles that are better built and longer lasting. However, no vehicle is maintenance free for life (no matter what the dealer’s commercial may promise)! To ensure peak performance and years of worry-free driving, your manufacturer has developed a recommended maintenance schedule, which is outlined in your owner’s manual.

When should my vehicle have Scheduled Maintenance?

There are two types of maintenance services: minor and major. 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 mile intervals.

What are “minor services”?

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.
  • An inspection of all fluids, filters, belts, hoses, brakes and emissions.
  • Tire rotation (some manufacturers recommend as a part of a minor service).

What are “major services”?

While it varies by make and model, major services generally include:

  • The replacement of various filters, fluids and spark plugs.
  • Timing belt replacement at the manufacturer’s recommended replacement interval.
  • Other specified major services related to the fuel delivery, emissions and ignition systems.

Will your service validate my warranty?

Scheduled maintenance must be completed in order to keep your warranty valid, and Richmond Motor Sales and Service is authorized to perform most of the services recommended by each manufacturer’s car maintenance schedule.

We strongly recommend you have maintenance services performed based on the manufacturer’s suggested schedule. Additional services may also be recommended based on our inspection of the vehicle and industry standards.

Tune Up Service: Ignition System and Spark Plugs

When your vehicle is properly tuned, the ignition system, fuel system, emission system and computer system all work together in perfect harmony. This results in peak combustion chamber efficiency, improving performance, saving you money at the gas pump and making sure your car is emitting a minimal amount of pollutants.  This is another service that is recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer as scheduled maintenance.  See your owner’s manual for details.

Ignition System

The ignition system is responsible for producing and transferring the spark energy to the combustion chamber at the correct time.

Spark Plugs

Spark plugs are installed in the cylinder head and deliver spark current to the combustion chamber.

Symptoms of malfunctioning sparkplugs include:

  • Hard starting
  • Lack of power
  • Misfiring or backfiring
  • High emissions
  • Reduced fuel economy

Ignition Coils

Produce high voltage spark energy sufficient to properly ignite the air/fuel mixture inside the combustion chamber.  The On-Board computer or ignition module typically controls ignition coils.

Symptoms of malfunctioning ignition coils include:

  • No start
  • Hard starting
  • Misfire under a load
  • High emissions

Distributer Cap and Rotor

The distributor cap is the connection point for all sparkplug wires.  Distributor type ignitions systems (DI) also have a distributor rotor.  The rotor spins inside the cap distributing the spark current to each sparkplug wire.  Electronic Ignition (EI) systems do not have distributors, but instead have multiple ignition coils.

Symptoms of a malfunctioning distributor:

  • Hard or no-start conditions
  • Misfiring or backfiring
  • Poor acceleration
  • Stalling

Ignition Wires

Provides a conductive path for the spark current from the distributor cap or coil to the spark plugs.  Contain the spark energy.

Symptoms of malfunctioning ignition wires include:

  • Hard starting
  • Misfiring or backfiring
  • Misfire under a load
  • High emissions

Benefits of a Properly Maintained Ignition System

  • Quick starting
  • Increased performance
  • Increased fuel economy
  • Lower emissions
  • Cure specific driveability concern (requires diagnosis)
  • Conserves spark energy for the combustion chamber
  • Regulates spark energy

All of the parts we install are guaranteed to meet or exceed manufacturer standards, and if you wish, we’ll return all of your old parts to you.