Some of our customers at Yeck’s Tire & Auto Repair are surprised to learn that
there are actually two service schedules for their vehicles. One is the
regular schedule and the other is the severe service schedule.
look at what the manufacturers say constitutes severe driving
conditions, and let you draw your own conclusions:
Most of your trips are less than four miles
Most of your trips are less than ten miles and
outside temperatures are below freezing
The engine is at low speed most of the time – not
on the highway
You operate your vehicle in dusty areas
You regularly tow a trailer, carry heavy loads or
a car-top carrier
Stop and go driving
Driving in very hot or very cold weather
can see that a lot has to do with how you drive, but some has to do with
where you drive. Some areas of the country will be more or less severe
than it is here in Bellevue, Nebraska.
many, normal driving includes elements of severe service driving. So how
do you know? Picture a line with ‘regular’ on one end and ‘severe’ on
the other, and make a judgment on where you fall.
regular oil change recommendation is 5,000 miles and
the severe service recommendation is 3,000 – when should you change your
oil? For some, it’s closer to 3,000 miles. For others, it’s closer to
5,000 miles. Your service advisor will be happy to have this discussion
with you and help you sort it out.
drive where the air is dusty or polluted, fluids will become
contaminated and filters will get dirtier more quickly.
an honest evaluation of your driving conditions in and around Bellevue.
You’ve made the commitment to take care of your vehicles, so it only
makes sense to follow the right schedule.
A lot of people in Nebraska have older vehicles. They’re good
commuters, grocery-getters or toy-haulers. They enjoy that fact that
they’re paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep
their vehicles for 200,000 miles or more – as long as it’s economical
to do so.
There are plenty of people in Bellevue whose
vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles. We can learn from
what they’re doing to keep our own cars on the road.
A common denominator is that they
never skip an oil change. That may sound a bit
unsophisticated, but it’s really not. First off, oil is the life blood
of your engine and it needs to be clean to properly lubricate.
Skipping oil changes leads to clogged oil filters and
sludge that can damage your engine. Enough said.
There’s another reason why the scheduled oil
change is so important. It’s simple – a Yeck’s Tire & Auto Repair
professional is going to be looking at your car. All of your fluid
levels will be inspected and topped off so they won’t get so low that
damage can be done. If there is a significant fluid loss, let’s use
brake fluid as an example, your Bellevue technician can look for the
cause of the loss and find the problem before it leads to an accident
or costly repair.
Your Bellevue service technician will also
visually inspect the vehicle for worn belts and hoses, uneven tire
wear, leaking shock absorbers and more. Problems get addressed before
they lead to repairs that cost more than the car’s worth. And your
Bellevue service advisor will be able to remind you of other services
that the factory recommends you get done.
Just think of that oil change the same way as
you do about going to the dentist for your six month cleaning and
checkup. Don’t skip it.
Of course, good maintenance costs money, but
it’s far cheaper than new car payments.
Give us a call to schedule your next oil
change today. You can find us online at Yeck’s Tire & Auto Repair,
or you can find us in Bellevue, Nebraska 68005 at 203 Fort Crook Rd
North. Or simply give us a call at
Every Bellevue car owner who has taken their car
in for an oil change has been told that their engine air filter’s
dirty. Here’s what goes into the determination of when to
change the filter: First, your car owner’s manual will have a
recommendation of when to change the filter. Second, a visual
inspection by your Omaha technician may determine that your filter it
is visibly dirty and needs to be changed.
So between your car owner’s manual and
your Omaha technician’s inspection there’s really no guesswork
air filters purchased in Bellevue don’t cost a lot to replace.
It’s just that Nebraska people hate getting caught with an unexpected
expense. On the plus side, though, changing a dirty air filter
at Yeck’s Tire & Auto Repair can often save enough on gas to pay for itself
before your next oil change.
Think about a dirty furnace filter in your Omaha home. When it’s all
clogged up, enough clean air can’t get through. In your car, that
means that your engine can’t get as much air as it needs to
burn the fuel efficiently. So it makes do with less air and
has to use more gas to move your vehicle around Bellevue roads.
Your car actually needs about 12,000 gallons
of air for every gallon of gas it burns.
Engine air filters don’t cost much in Bellevue at Yeck’s Auto
Repair. When it’s time to change yours, just get it done.
You’ll save money, have better performance and protect your engine.
Eastern Nebraska & Western Iowa people generally accept that
many things in life require regular maintenance: their teeth,
clothes, yards and so on, but NE motorists often don’t apply
the idea of maintenance to their vehicles.
If you never brush your teeth or go to the dentist, you’ll
become painfully aware of your neglect when you get a big
cavity. Once the damage is done, we learn our essential lesson
and start to take better care of things.
Unfortunately, Bellevue people too often learn the hard
automotive lesson when they bring their vehicle to Yeck’s Tire
& Auto on a tow truck. So many times, a
little routine maintenance would have prevented a steep
So how do Bellevue motorists get into the habit of taking
care of their sedans? It’s so easy to forget; not like cutting
the grass which you see it every time you pull in the
Here’s something that will help: The key to good sedan
maintenance starts with the oil
change. Think about it – when you go in for a full-service
oil change in Bellevue, your helpful Yeck’s Tire & Auto
service advisor will check all your fluids. If one of them is
low, he can look for the reason why. If your serpentine belt
is worn, he’ll see it and let you know. Corroded battery cable
– they’ve got you covered. And they’ll check to see if your
manufacturer has recommended any essential services at your
The oil change becomes kind of a focal point, a
way to check in to see what needs to be done.
The fact is that vehicle inspection surveys consistently
reveal that over 80%
of vehicles have one or more unperformed repair or
maintenance service. Vehicles are generally very reliable and
can take a lot of abuse and neglect – but you can only press
your luck so long.
So when you come into Yeck’s Tire & Auto for an oil change,
you get a visual
inspection of your car and
a reminder for recommended services so you can avoid a total
failure. And remember that your service advisor can help you
work out a maintenance and repair plan for your sedan,
prioritizing and scheduling the work to make sure you and your
family are safe, and avoid
In addition to full-service oil changes, at Yeck’s Tire &
Auto we also offer chassis lubrication, electrical system test
and windshield wipers.
Give us a call:
Yeck’s Tire & Auto Repair
203 Fort Crook Rd North
Bellevue, Nebraska 68005