Most automakers nowadays put way more effort into the creation of your car than ever before. To keep your vehicle working for long periods, they have designed a factory-scheduled maintenance plan, also known as the 30, 60, 90K services. It is important that you are mindful of maintenance. A good rule of thumb to follow is, of course, the 30, 60, 90 rule of maintenance service.
The 30, 60, 90K plan in the automotive service industry simply means that you should bring your vehicle into your trusted auto repair shop every 30,000 miles that it has been driven. In essence, it can go up to 120K, 150K, and so forth. This is a good way to keep track of your maintenance and ensures you never miss critical tasks, like transmission flushes and timing belt replacements.
It also makes the process of scheduling your appointment with your auto service shop easier. Since every automaker has a set list of items that should be done at the 30,000-mile mark, 60,000-mile mark, and 90,000-mile mark, there’s no skipping around. The services performed at each milestone vary, as an older vehicle may require more complicated tasks, like a belt replacement.
Each time you bring your car in for factory-scheduled maintenance, your tech will perform a thorough inspection of your vehicle. If no repairs or replacements are necessary, they’ll go through a checklist (often provided by the manufacturer in the manual). These items tend to include:
- Fluid checks, top-offs, and replacements
- Belts & hoses
- Air filter change
- Spark plug replacement
- Tire inspection (air pressure, tread, etc.)
- Brake safety check
- … and more.
Although following the 30, 60, 90 rule may seem inconvenient, it is an expense that is worth it in the long run. It can protect you from costly repairs down the line by allowing us to catch minor problems early on. Furthermore, it is proven to extend the life of your car.
If your vehicle is due for factory-scheduled maintenance, please bring your car to Turner Auto Care. Please give us a call or schedule an appointment online today.