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Motorists depend upon car to tell them when it's time for servicing

AAA OKLAHOMA Modified: October 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm •  Published: October 10, 2012

Sixty-three percent of respondents to a AAA survey say they have built-in electronic maintenance reminder systems in their vehicles. Of these, 51 percent rely solely on their in-car reminder system and have maintenance work done only when the system recommends it.

“The advancements in modern maintenance reminder systems take the guess work out of deciding when to take your vehicle in for service,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “The trick now is educating consumers to trust that their vehicle will alert them when maintenance is needed.”

A recent AAA Car Care Month study on vehicle owners’ automotive maintenance habits also found that 35 percent of respondents perform maintenance work more frequently than recommended by the reminder system and 13 percent do so less frequently.

To help motorists get the most out of their vehicles, AAA advises those with in-car reminder systems to:

* Become educated on what each maintenance alert means. The vehicle owner’s manual and/or maintenance booklet can help decipher alerts and identify required actions.

* Not ignore the maintenance reminder system. Perform necessary maintenance when prompted by your vehicle. Ignoring alerts can increase wear and potentially cause long-term damage due to unaddressed maintenance or service issues.

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