Why you should service your vehicle every 30,000 miles

Why you should service your vehicle every 30,000 miles


Regardless of what you drive, be it a car, SUV, or truck, every manufacturer recommends (and sometimes requires) that you take your vehicle to an auto repair shop for a service every 30,000 miles. Now, you may be thinking that your car is running with no issues so why should you take it for a service which will cost you time and money. The point of such services is not to cheat you out of your hard earned money, in fact they may save you more money in the long run by identifying and fixing small issues that could otherwise develop into bigger, costly problems. Regular maintenance of your vehicle could also help to improve fuel efficiency, and with how volatile the oil market can be that could mean substantial savings.

The first major maintenance milestone comes when your vehicle has covered at least 30,000 miles, normally there is not much work needed at this point. The technician at your chosen auto repair shop will most likely change the oil, check the oil, fuel, and air filters and replace them as needed. They will also check the condition of consumable components such as the wiper blades, tires, hoses, and rubber seals.

At 60,000 miles your vehicle has some time and distance under its belt and as such the scope of the technicians inspection will widen. While this inspection will include checks of the various filters and consumables, it will also include examinations of your brakes, battery, radiator, and the levels of brake and transmission fluids.

By 90,000 miles your vehicle could be considered a veteran of the road and may show signs of aging. This service appointment will still include the same checks as the previous two, but will also include checks of the spark plugs and ignition system, the timing belt (if your vehicle has one), and the level of power steering fluid. Following the 90,000 mile service you should notice a marked difference in your vehicles performance, it may even handle and perform as well as it did when you first bought it.

So there we have it, while you may be reluctant to schedule regular maintenance appointments for your vehicle, preventative maintenance can and will save you money by increasing fuel efficiency and solving minor issues before they become major problems.

Please don’t hesitate in contacting the friendly staff here at My Mechanic should you have any questions or to book an appointment. Give them a call on (415) 552-0555, visit them at 888 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA, 94107, or schedule an appointment online!

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