Whatever vehicle you drive, the manufacturer has preset a routine maintenance program to keep your car or or truck operating at peak performance. This is known as factory planned maintenance, or 30/60/90K maintenance, since the typical timetable for these procedures is every 30,000 miles or so.
Unfortunately many drivers see this maintenance schedule as optional—after all, why take the car in if it seems to be running well? The maintenance plan, however, isn't a trick to get you to spend money at the auto repair shop—it's essential for the general health of your car and to avoid expensive and needless auto repairs in the near future.
Why Should You Keep Up With The 30/60/90 Maintenance Plan?
There are some very good reasons why the 30/60/90 maintenance plan is a good idea for your vehicle.
- Your warranty may be voided.
- It may prevent minor issues from becoming major ones, costing hundreds of dollars in repairs.
- It has the potential to extend the life of your car.
- It can preserve your vehicle's value.
What Does The 30/60/90 Vehicle Maintenance Entail?
The first stage in 30/60/90K maintenance is an inspection of the vehicle's principal systems for symptoms or faults, which is then followed by the maintenance procedures needed such as:
- Changing plug wires or spark plugs
- Filter replacement
- Checking, topping up or changing fluids (brake, coolant, transmission, etc.)
- Tire rotation and pressure testing
- Oil replacement
- Timing belt inspection
- Brake maintenance
A technician will alert you of any possible concerns during routine maintenance, but will not replace items that do not need to be replaced (part of what saves you money during maintenance). As a general rule, the greater the mileage, the more probable it is that components may need to be replaced. (For example, the timing belt is routinely replaced every 90,000-100,000 miles.)
Your warranty will be valid as long as the work is completed by a licensed vehicle repair technician.
If you need factory vehicle maintenance performed on your vehicle, you are welcome to bring your vehicle to Hagin's Auto today!