Why is scheduled maintenance necessary?

February 02, 2017

The last time I took my car in for an oil change, they told me it was almost time for my scheduled mileage maintenance. At first, I hesitated. What in the world was a scheduled mileage maintenance? And why did my relatively new car need maintenance already? I didn’t ask either of these questions, but instead paused to think about them. The man at the counter saw my hesitation, and added that most people would either set up an appointment immediately, or promptly forget about it. He also warned me of how dangerous it could be if you did forget about it. I set up an appointment, heeding his warning, but no one mentioned what these maintenances would do for me or why my car needed them.

I investigated online for a while and did some asking around, but I finally got an idea of what these maintenances do. Scheduled maintenances are just a series of services that need to be done to your car on certain intervals. For example, every 15 thousand miles, it’s recommended that you get a brake inspection, a brake replacement if necessary, an air filter change, and an inspection of your engine’s cooling system. These services are done on your 15,000 mile service, your 30,000, your 45,000, your 60,000, and so on. Other services are required less often, and are only scheduled on every other service. These sort of things include transmission fluid changes, and fuel filters, and are done on the 30,000 mile and the 60,000 mile marks.

These services are preventative services that help your car continue to run smoothly. These maintenances are recommended and scheduled by your car’s manufacturer because they know exactly what your car will need and when it’ll need it.

In all, the car manufacturers know what they’re talking about (believe it or not). Just about every car needs a 30,000 mile maintenance, a 60,000 mile maintenance, and a 100,000 mile maintenance. Most will even need checkups between those services too. These services can do a lot for your car. If your car has any preventable problems, you’ll be able to get them diagnosed and even fixed before there’s a real problem. 

Most cars have the intervals of the maintenances in the owner’s manual. If you’re wondering when you need to take your car in to get these services done, take a look in the manual, and it’ll give you all the information you need.

The following service summaries are general services that are recommended to improve performance

On the 15,000 and 45,000 intervals, you should get a new air filter, an oil change, a tire rotation, and a quick inspection of your brake, and cooling parts. This inspection will keep your car running at its best.

At the 30,000 mile mark, you’ll need a transmission fluid change, a fuel filter, and a much more thorough inspection that will cover more of your car.

The 60,000 mile service will require the same things as the 30, but you’ll also need to get the belts, valves, and hoses looked at. If any are wearing thin, they’ll need to be replaced. Also, depending on your spark plugs, you might need to replace them at this time as well.

When you hit 100,000 miles, you should need a similar service to the ones in the past. If you’ve kept up with oil changes, fluid flushes and things like that, this shouldn’t be too complicated of a checkup. You should need a similar service to the 30,000 mile service. A few other things will need to be inspected, but, in general, it shouldn’t be too expensive.

These services will help you keep your car running. They can also help catch potentially dangerous problems before they evolve into a more dangerous problem. Scheduled maintenances can assist in making your car as reliable as you need it to be.