What is scheduled service or maintenance?
Scheduled service is a set of maintenance tasks to be performed at set intervals. Those intervals are often set every 5,000 to 15,000 miles, with major service set at 30,000 miles, 60,000 miles and 90,000 miles and beyond. This schedule is set by your car’s manufacturer. Failure to follow your car’s service schedule could cause damage to your car.
Manufacturers will have a routine maintenance schedule for every vehicle they make based on a vehicle’s age and mileage. Some of the more major intervals recur every 30,000 miles. This 30,000 mile service addresses major maintenance and inspection items that are above and beyond simple fluid replacement. Generally, these items could include filter changes, major fluid changes and a comprehensive visual maintenance inspection, as well as other items.
Do Service Intervals Change?
Most modern vehicles will have several major service requirements at 90,000 miles, like timing belts and spark plugs. Some vehicles may not require maintenance until 120,000 miles or beyond. It all depends on the vehicle.
Mechanics revert back to the 30,000 interval after they complete major maintenance, with some exceptions based on vehicle type. Your maintenance schedule can change because of high mileage, recalls and other repairs.
The 30,000 maintenance interval is not set in stone. Your car manufacturer might suggest scheduled maintenance every 7,500 miles or even 20,000 miles. The 30,000 mile interval is the most common and important. It’s simple: To ensure vehicle performance and reliability, follow the schedule.
Routine Scheduled Maintenance
A routine service check up at Driven Automotive will include:
- Oil change
- Four wheel tire rotation, plus check and adjust tire pressure.
- Inspect and replace filters (air, cabin, fuel, etc.)
- Perform general, visual maintenance of vehicle parts and systems, like tires, brakes, lights, belts, hoses, drive-train and fuel system.
- At higher mileage, check spark plugs, belts, timing belts and other items, as applicable.
- Replace specialty fluids, like coolant.
- At higher mileage, replace spark plugs, belts, timing belts, etc.
- Do a vehicle road test