general guidelines

Depending on the type of vehicle and the driving conditions, appropriate maintenance for your vehicle can vary. We would recommend referring to your vehicle’s user manual for your vehicle’s specific needs.

Here are a few tips for General Maintenance & Upkeep:

Oil change: for most vehicles we recommend every 5,000 km with conventional oil and every 8,000 km with synthetic oil. If you frequent areas with high levels of dust and debris in the air (dirt roads and new build communities), we recommend more frequent oil changes as the car is exposed to more environmental factors that create dirty oil. We recommend doing a minimum of one oil change per year, even if kilometers are not reached (Eg. Vehicle is parked for the season).

Tire rotations: we recommend rotating your tires every 10,000 km. Rotating your tires ensures even tread wear that increase tire longevity and provides a more comfortable ride.

Air filter: timing and frequency for changing your engine air filter is dependent on many factors such as the environment you drive in and the amount of driving you do. If you drive in heavy traffic in hot weather, unpaved/dusty roads, or you rack up a lot of miles on a regular basis, then you will likely need to change your filter more often as it will get dirtier faster, but if you’re someone who drives to the train station and back and out for a few errands, then you can probably hold off longer. The general rule of thumb is to replace it when you can no longer see through it.

Shocks and Struts: we recommend inspecting them at 80,000 kilometers. Over time shocks and struts start to weaken are likely to break down. Weak shocks and struts will affect your vehicle’s ability to start and stop due to a lack of stability.

21 pt inspection

At Harper’s we perform a 21 Point Inspection with every oil change.

  • Air Filter
  • Cabin Air Filter
  • Belts
  • Hoses
  • Wipers & Washers
  • Lights
  • Anti-freeze
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Shocks/Struts
  • Front Brakes
  • Rear Brakes
  • Battery Load Test
  • Front Tire Condition
  • Rear Tire Condition
  • Front & Rear Diff. / T-Case