How important is scheduled maintenance
Scheduled maintenance is vital to ensure the longterm life of a car. It 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 a significant service set at 30,000 miles, 60,000 miles, and 90,000 miles and every 30,000 miles then on.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer sets the maintenance schedule. Failure to follow this 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 significant intervals recur every 30,000 miles. This 30,000-mile service addresses vital maintenance and inspection items that are above and beyond simple fluid replacement. Generally, these items could include filter changes, other fluid changes, part replacement, and a visual inspection for problems.
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 car.
Mechanics revert to the 30,000 interval length 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.
However, the 30,000-mile 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.
Regardless, the simplest way to protect your vehicle is to follow the schedule.
Routine Scheduled Maintenance
A routine service check up at Driven Automotive will include:
- An 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.; and
- Do a vehicle road test.