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~ Standard Maintenance Services

Many manufacturers use a 30-60-90 schedule, meaning certain items need to be inspected, changed, or replaced at 30,000, 60,000, and 90,000 miles. But if you’re like most drivers, you may wonder if every suggested maintenance checkpoint in your car manual is essential for the health and well-being of your car. Some items, like rubber gaskets and hoses, windshield wiper blades, and tires, will wear out at irregular intervals. These “consumables” will need to be checked periodically, either by your mechanic or via your own visual inspection. For everything else, this car maintenance guide explains what you should do and why you should do it.

Regular Maintenance

Oil and Oil Filter
Oil and oil filter need to be changed regularly because as an engine runs, tiny bits of metal, dirt, and carbon end up in the oil and can cause excessive wear on the engine. The non-synthetic oil that was traditionally used in the past always had a 3,000-mile rule of thumb, but most cars today run on synthetic, which can safely last between 5,000 and 10,000 miles, depending on the type.

Maintenance Before 30,000 Miles

Air Filter
A clogged air filter makes it harder for your engine to breathe, and can negatively impact your vehicle's performance.  Replace evey15,000 to 30,000 miles is a good rule; if you park or drive in a dusty environment, change the air filter more often.

Fuel Filter
If your fuel filter gets clogged, the engine will start having issues or not start at all. The manufacturer recommends replacing your fuel filter as early as 30,000 miles. Your best option is to ask your mechanic to perform a pressure test to determine the health of your fuel filter.

Maintenance Before 60,000 Miles

Battery
Extreme temperatures, age, and long periods of non-use affect the life batteries. Most batteries will last four or five years, which puts the average driver right around 50,000 to 60,000 miles.

Brake Fluid
Brakes are engaged through a hydraulic system. When the fluid in that system is contaminated by water it leads to a “squishy” brake pedal. To ensure that your brakes work as advertised, bleed your brake system of its fluid and replace with new brake fluid according to most manufacturers, is recommended at every 20,000 to 45,000 miles.

Brake Pads/Shoes
Brake pads and shoes are designed to wear out, and usually, make screeching noises when they need to get replaced. 

Brake Rotors
Your brakes work by squeezing the pads against metal discs (called rotors) to slow the vehicle. Rotors get subjected to lots of heat due to the friction between them & the brake pads, this can lead to warping over time. You can replace your rotors at or before 60,000 miles.

Coolant
A mix of water and antifreeze flows through your radiator to cool your car. If you lose too much coolant, the engine will overheat, which can cause severe damage. Plan to replace your coolant every 60,000 miles, and make sure you flush the entire cooling system.

Transmission Fluid

Monitor your transmission fluid regularly. As a rule, healthy fluid will be pink and smell sweet, while bad transmission fluid will be darker red, or even brown, and smell burnt. 

Generally, if you have a manual transmission, plan to change the transmission fluid between 30,000 and 60,000 miles. That said, a vehicle under heavy strain (like a truck used to tow a boat or trailer) should have its manual transmission fluid changed at more frequent intervals. Automatic transmission fluid has a lifespan ranging from 30,000 to well over 100,000 miles.