Maintenance Reminders

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Would be nice to have Automatic remind me when it is time for scheduled maintenance, especially oil changes.

The Link/App should certainly be able to track mileage and time since last oil change and then send me push notification saying its been X,XXX miles or XX months since last oil change. Mileage and time intervals would be user customizable preferences.

Getting more fancy, the app could track the average speed, distance, and time (and possibly oil/coolant temperature, engine load) for each driving session and calculate how "severe" the average driving conditions are on the oil and act as a sort of "oil life monitor" system that is found is some makes. Frequent short trips and cold starts would cause the oil life to degrade more quickly than mostly highway travel.
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Hi Stephen,

These are awesome suggestions, thanks! There are lots of things to explore here, especially as they relate to ongoing maintenance notifications.

Stay tuned for updates as we grow our product!
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Our product team is cooking up ideas for more maintenance features down the road!
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Amy, where are we on the implementation of these sorts of features?
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No updates at the moment, Jay. 
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This feature not being available is actually keeping me from buying one. I even made an account just for this. Not sure how far your development roadmap reaches into the future but this should at least be the near the top after all this time.
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hi i purchased an automatic my self and i love it but i wish like i read in previous messages if they can add more features like other doles for example i couldn't download the app on my iPad as an iPad app it had to be the phone version so my indash is an iPad so when i open the app its only vertical and also tire pressure and oil change gages would be awesome 
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I was thinking the same thing! Also, reminders about tire rotations would be helpful.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Car Maintenance.


I think this app should become the ALL THINGS CAR app and not just driving habits and stats. Car Maintenance tracking, reminders, etc would be the next best thing to have. It is then when I have a total cost of car ownership, starting with gas expense you already provide and now maintenance. I am not sure if there is anything the OBD computer provides that would help tell us exactly what needs servicing (Oil Changes, fluids, filters, etc), but I think this would make this app/device go from "nifty" to "necessary".... When I say "nifty", I don't think viewing stats on the app right now are anything more then nifty, because these will only cause slight behavior changes, if this app became total car care, there wouldn't be a week I wouldn't feel the need to consult it.
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Was about to suggest maintenance reminders as well.
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Thanks for finding the topic about it first! ;)
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Most car's computer already perform these functions/reminders
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For starters, belts, hoses, differential service, transmission service, filter replacement, etc? Which cars do that? I guess I'm describing a log as much as a reminder (beyond simple oil changes). I've kept my last 3 cars 200,000+ miles following the MFR recommendations closely.
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Yeah, a log to keep track of all your maintenance in one place would be very handy! We'd like to think of Automatic eventually becoming your digital glove box so that you always have access to that information.
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Get the MyCARFAX app. As long as the shop you go to reports to them, which most do, it's there now. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Automatic car maintenance tracking.


Would really be a nice (and simple) feature to allow a user to input when service was performed on the car, and what was done.

Thinking right now, at a minimum an oil change would be great. Also, tires and tire rotation. Use mileage to track how long you have until you need an oil change/tire rotation and give reminders. You also could pull the recommended maintenance information so that users know what kind of oil to ask for, recommended service intervals, etc.

The bigger version of this idea could have the milestone service intervals (50k, 75k, 100k) and you could include the recommended services/checks.

Tracking expenditures for maintenance/repairs could help you understand the overall cost of your vehicle. It also could help with tracking service for warranty purposes.
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I would like to have this also.  Even if all the info is entered on the computer using your Dashboard screen you could incorporate a push notification you your Android or Apple device you are using to gather the data from your Automatic.
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Also agree with this!! I see Automatic as the "FitBit" of it's area.

There are cheap Bluetooth ODB2 readers for both iOS and Android - Just like there are cheap Pedometers. What makes something like the FitBit a success is the combination of the hardware and software/service. I feel the same way with the comment on Automatic should be the "All Things Car App". You already know my Car's, year, make, and model - That should be able to be used to tie into the manufacturer's maintenance schedule and let me track this in the app.

Fuel economy & fuel tracking, car maintenance reminders, driving assistant, parking reminders, and emergency assistance, these are things that are currently possible using 3-4 different apps, and I hope that Automatic looks into integrating this sometime.
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I totally agree with this. I would prefer for this to be "automatic" though, to be in-tune with the rest of the app. My one concern is that the app would have no way of detecting that you had done the service, so you would need to tell it that you had performed the service. Maybe it could remind you once per week and have a banner above stating that you have maintenance due for the car? See attached pic
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Agree. Minimum would be:

- Tire rotation
- Oil
- Wipers
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Cool idea! Currently use Car Minder for this, but would love for the app to offer maintenance reminders.
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Yeah, you bring up a good question, Jake. Some kind of automated detection (is even possible?) vs. manually entering it, which does make it less automatic. Though some folks don't mind that because it gives them more control. Similar to those who want to enter their own gas price paid when they fuel up rather than having the app pull the price from the resource we use.
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Oh, I like that idea of a maintenance score!
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I like the maintenance score idea a lot.

I don't think automatic detection's really beyond the scope. Honestly, if it knows your vehicle type and total milage (which it does), having it ping a reminder that it's time to change your oil/filters/rotate your tires seems like something easily pulled from a database.

The Fitbit analogy's apropos here, I agree. The Automatic plus the App should be both tracking and rating my activities and nagging me gently towards better behaviors, just like it does with driving. I hope this is high up on the priority list.
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I'll pass your message along, thanks Eric. Surprisingly, odometer data isn't actually available via the OBD-II port, but we're planning to release a feature to accommodate for this. Stay tuned!
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I hope you guys get on this oil change alert feature soon. It's impossible to know all the complexities involved, but it does seem not only relatively simple, but almost as essential as any of the functions Automatic currently provides. Making sure you don't blow past an oil change is huge.

Please add this soon. E.g. The next few months :)
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Hi Trashy,

Thanks for chiming in. This is definitely something our team is continuing to explore and hope to add in a future version of Automatic. However, we don't have an ETA on when it will be implemented since we don't have a concrete plan yet on how it would be approached. Thanks again.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Live gauges.


2008 Mini only has idiot lights. It would be nice to be able to create simple gauges - like water temp. There was a rash of failed thermostat housings this summer of these Mini's, and it took 2 months to get the replacement part - so I had to constantly fill the radiator. Would have been nice to watch the gauge at the same time.
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Hi jmmarier - I think this Idea topic gets at your suggestion.
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I'm not sure I agree that the addition of Live Gauges fits into the topic of Maintenance Remainders. Reminders are basically manually entered info (Gallons of fuel, Oil Change Date, When to rotate tires, etc) vs selectable gauges like Battery Voltage, Coolant Temp, O2 sensor voltage readings, etc.

I agree that Mantenance Reminders would also be very nice - I have been using Gas Cubby for 3 years now - and find it invaluable.
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After giving this request some more thought, I think the best option would be for Automatic to take the Fitbit route and just release an API that gives out make, model and mileage so that third party apps could routinely check up on these values and provide you these sort of features. This is a win-win, because then Automatic provides an ecosystem for devs/apps as well as a much more focused user experience within the Automatic app itself.

I'll be honest, ever since background syncing and Bluetooth 4.0 came into the game, I rarely open the Automatic app on my phone; the same goes for my Fitbit app. I instead utilize apps that link to my Fitbit, such as TrendWeight (http://trendweight.com) and MyFitnessPal (http://myfitnesspal.com).

Just my $0.02.
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Thanks for the feedback, Jake. You may want to chime in on this other topic about an API.
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My car (2008 Honda Civic) reads out Oil change % - many 2000+ model vehicles have this. Couldn't that reading be transferred (in theory) to the Automatic app?

Low tire pressure is another idea.

I second the other "non-digitally-trackable" maintenance options on this app too like Tire rotation, breaks, etc. Set the mileage and it reminds you (many apps in the marketplace already do this, but having one app do it all would be great)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Car health-check.


Apart from 'check engine', does the product also help monitor & troubleshoot the car's health and inform of any issues or if servicing is needed?
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Hi Vinay. We currently only monitor the Check Engine Light. However, we're considering other ways to bring monitoring the health of your car and regular maintenance into the app.
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Was thinking that I just want to check my car milage to schedule maintenance online with Toyota service. I guess this was talked about 3 years ago. Is there any update on this?
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Hi Charlie. No, we've been busy with other things. Maintenance Reminders are a thing we'd still like to incorporate but haven't been a priority. 
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Does OBD support oil life percentages from your car? I know with Onstar in my car I would get oil life percentages. Also, the onstar email maintenance notifications were strictly mileage based. I did like that had my Onstar setup so that my mechanic could email me about my upcoming maintenance and sometimes there were incentive involved.

I think if you wanted to go the route of addressing how to verify maintenance one way to do it would be through email receipts from the mechanic. Where I go they always send me a report/receipt to my email directly. When I used to use several different flavors of receipt processing applications they would work off me forwarding receipts with keywords to my dedicated email address for parsing.

I would think investing in the receipt parsing route would be worth while because then you would be the google of mechanic repair pricing for when those check engine lights show up. Just some food for thought.
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OnStar has access to proprietary networks that we don't so Automatic is not able to detect oil life percentages from the OBD port. The maintenance features that we're planning will likely involve some manual input from the user.
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I would prefer things like oil changes and tire rotations to be more intelligent, rather than just "reminders". With the data being fed to the Link it should be able to tell me when to rotate my tires based on driving conditions, terrain and speeds over a period of time.

If Automatic knows how I'm driving my car it should have a better idea of when my oil is dirty and needs to be changed or when my tires should be rotated.

Surely that would be more accurate than the arbitrary 3000-7000 mile intervals recommended by mechanics.
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Thanks for the input, Dan.
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This would avoid me downloading another car app that I currently use to remind me regarding all maintenance on my vehicle! Wiper replacement, oil, tires, etc. Great call out!
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Amy

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Yeah, we agree that it will be great to have this integrated into the Automatic app! :)
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Very good thread..I like how everyone is thinking outside the box, or Link for that matter
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Ha. :) Me too!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Features features features!.


Sure would love if this app updated me on things like, oil change alert, and rotate tires alert. Love using the product so far just looking for a more immersive experience with more rich user content. Wouldn't mind manual entry for when these items are completed just want reminders on when to do them.
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This would a great addition !!!
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What about partnering with popular service departments to let me access my service and repair history? Let's say I link to Toyota. When a service reminder or an engine code pops up, it can send my info to Toyota so they already know the problem and can make the appt. Or maybe i choose a few preferred repair shops and get multiple estimates to fix the problem. I can also view the service history in the app. They may be up for sharing their data because it will bring them business.
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There's a lot we can do with maintenance reminders and integrating with your repair shop. We've had some discussions on what we could do to make this a lot simpler for both sides. Keep the ideas coming!
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Is there any ETA for this? It's been 7 months.
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Agreed! Is there a time frame? Aside from this device, I still have to have another app for maintenance.
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*cue crickets*
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Hi, sorry about the delay in responding. I went ahead and replied below.
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The status of this topic is still "Planned". This means that it is something we intend to work on in the future, though it may not happen immediately. While it has been some time since this feature was suggested, we certainly haven't forgotten about it. It's just a matter of determining where this makes sense in our product development. It is on the roadmap.

Unless this topic changes from its current status as "Planned", you will see it in a future version of the app. Our internal product dialog is constantly being iterated on as we grow. Our priorities can sometimes change based on a number of factors. As a result, we'd rather tell people that we are going to work on a feature rather than when since the latter is not always set in stone.
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Some further thoughts and ideas I had on this subject. I think manual input would make Car Maintenance a lot faster to implement, but it might go against your "Automatic" vision behind the product. I would prefer a blend of both - an option to override a preset parameter and for the App to have a mind of its own.

I really liked how somebody suggested creating an oil health meter out of your average speed/engine temp/rpm readings and combining it with time/mileage. I think that kind of algorithm would truly set your product above and beyond the rest. The only issue is that you may run into legal trouble if people start having engine failures due to incorrect oil health and relying too much on the App.

Going with the automated theme, I would like to see predetermined variables based on the make, model, and year of the vehicle. For example: certain cars come with Electric Power Steering and Sealed Transaxles, so they would not need servicing in that area. Some cars do not have cabin filters, while others do. Timing belts vs timing chains, valve lash adjustments vs hydraulic lifters, etc. Having the app ignore certain maintenance items, and focus only on the ones applicable would be great - if at all possible.

I also liked the idea of having a Maintenance Score board. What better way to increase your fuel efficiency, than to be on top of your car's health.

Talking specifically about each maintenance item, I would like to see something like this:

Engine Oil, Transmission/Transaxle Fluid, Coolant, Power Steering, Brake Fluid.
- All of these should tell you the recommended type for your specific vehicle and the capacity. Recommend a change interval. Let the user preset a mileage and/or time interval, whichever comes first.

Air, Oil, Fuel Filters - same deal.

Be able to identify which items are serviceable on the particular vehicle.

Input State Inspection reminders.

Tires and Tire Rotation:
- Ask the user to input the tire's age (show how to find that information on the tire *hint: DOT number)
- Ask the user to input the tire Make, Model, and Size
- Warn the driver if the rubber is too old (6 years or more) or if the size is incorrect.
- A way to determine the tire's remaining health (mileage and tread measurements)
- If the user lives in a cold climate, let the user input whether they have All Season Tires or Two Sets of Wheels (Summer and Winter)
- If the user has two sets of wheels, remind the user to swap the tires at a certain temperature/time of the year to minimize drag and improve stopping distance.
- Recommend Four Wheel Alignments, at least once a year. This will include a visual inspection.
- Reminders to check Tire Pressure (1 week, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, etc)

Maybe even link a certain service that will offer your local deals on the services that you need. For example, your oil change is coming up - there is a promotion going on at your local gas station.

Track the mileage of the car. Keep track of service costs, including insurance.

Provide some information about each service and how it affects fuel economy, so that the person understands why it's important to get it done.