Deciphering Maintenance: Severe Usage Conditions

Discussion in 'Hyundai Kona Electric' started by robxb, Nov 1, 2019.

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  1. robxb

    robxb Active Member

    Hi all, I am looking at the Severe Usage Conditions maintenance schedule, and am seeing two different, but similar mentions of salt usage on roads.

    Can anyone tell me what the difference is between C - Driving on a salt-spread road, and D - Driving in areas using salt or other corrosive materials? I drive in Toronto, so yes, salt is used, but which is that classified under? Both C and D have different schedules. Would a salt-spread road be like if I were driving near salt-flats?

    Trying to figure out if I will need to change the reduction gear fluid every 120,000kms (still a long way away, but I would like to know).

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  3. My on take on "C" is all listed items are unpaved roads or bad road conditions, while "D" relates to cold weather. So if your driving a lot of unpaved roads including salt flats then follow schedule for "C". If its winter driving follow schedule for "D". This would make sense since the cabin air filter would not require additional changing because of cold weather and also not as much heat stress on the gear oil. Also both unpaved road and snow would expose the car to additional wear hence the increased inspections on exposed parts like drive shafts, steering, and brakes under schedule "C" and "D".
  4. robxb

    robxb Active Member

    I see your point, and that is sort of what I was leaning towards, but the thing is it doesn't specify that it is a combination of what's listed, it seems more like it's listing individual conditions, which is why they put "or" and not "and" there. You could simply drive on muddy roads and have to change it, rather than muddy & dusty & rough & unpaved roads. Salt-spread could potentially be the only checkbox that needs to be ticked for that to apply, see what I mean? The sentence structure leaves it to individual interpretation, which isn't ideal.. But I do think that I agree with you.
  5. I agree with you 100%, the grammar and syntax leave a whole lot to be desired. But that said if you read the entire Owners manual cover to cover you will find these kind of errors on almost every page. Also a lot of the details have been cut and pasted from ICE or Hybrid Konas with out any thought given to the implications. I have read sections were it refers to components which don't exist on the EV. I just write it off to really bad editing and go with context more than detail. In most case muddy and dusty conditions don't exist side by. Of course they can but that not the usual case. After the rain its muddy (like their description, metaphorically speaking). Before the rain it dusty (also like their description)
  6. When discussing what is considered severe usage conditions with the Techs at the dealer regarding service intervals, they told me that Hyundai Corp. regards all of Canada to be in that category.
    I took that with a grain of "salt".;)
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