You’ve probably heard that keeping up with your vehicle’s maintenance services can help save you money and increase the life of your car. But do you believe what you’ve heard? Have you been keeping up with your car’s 30K, 60K, 90K mile maintenance services?
Well the rumors you’ve heard about car maintenance services saving you time, hassle and money are true! Let’s take a more in-depth look at why.
What are 30K, 60K, 90K mile maintenance services?
This phrase, 30K, 60K, 90K mile maintenance services, refers to the recommended vehicle maintenance schedule put out by your automobiles manufacturer. They are the services you should get done after driving 30,000 miles, 60,000 miles, 90,000 miles and so on. Many manufacturers have changed the name to Level 1 and Level 2 services, or A and B services, but whatever they are called, the point is to follow the factory recommendations in order to take better care of your car and help it to last longer and drive better.
How important is it to keep up with your vehicle’s maintenance services?
It’s very important. Your car’s manufacturer recommends these services at these time intervals because that is a safe amount of time before a certain part on your car will wear out. If you don’t get your vehicle serviced, you run the risk of have a part on your car fail, causing you to breakdown or even get into a car accident. Plus, if you have purchased a new car, many of them require you to get these services done at the right time in order to maintain your new car warranty.
What auto maintenance services do I have to get?
Simply follow the recommendations from you car’s manufacturer. Whether you have a Honda Civic, Dodge Caravan, Toyota Prius or whatever, each will come with a different set of maintenance services to be performed at different intervals. Some of the most common services are:
- Oil changes every 3,000 or 5,000 miles
- Belt replacements
- Filter replacements
Is it really necessary to get all of the services done, such as replacing my car’s air filter?
Absolutely! Every part of your car has an important function – otherwise it wouldn’t be there. A dirty air filter not only contaminates the air you breathe, it can also contaminate your car’s engine. Tiny tears in an old, worn out air filter allow debris and other things into your vehicle’s motor, which is the equivalent of sand getting into it. If not fixed in time, this could lead to expensive and lengthy engine repairs. Not to mention that a dirty air filter greatly reduces your vehicle’s gas mileage.
Do I have to get my vehicle’s maintenance services done at the car dealership?
No. You can get your vehicle’s factory scheduled maintenance services done by any shop that is qualified, so feel free to take your car, truck, SUV, minivan or hybrid to your trusted, local auto repair shop. Just make sure to keep your receipts from the service, and your warranty will remain intact.
If you find yourself in the Escondido, San Marcos, Rancho Bernardo or surrounding areas, feel free to stop by and have your vehicle checked out by the expert, ASE Certified Mechanics at West Escondido Automotive & Transmission & West El Cajon Automotive & Transmission. We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions about you car’s maintenance schedule, or anything else!