Services: 30k, 60k, 90k Mile Services

What Your Car Needs and When

All vehicles should be inspected regularly in order to enable them to last longer and to run better in between inspections. As a general guideline, you should bring your vehicle to a mechanic every 30,000, 60,000, and 90,000 miles it travels. Of course, if there are any problems or issues in between reaching these mile markers, you should see a mechanic right away. Every vehicle is different, and any good mechanic will understand this and will thus perform a thorough inspection each time you bring your vehicle in. With that said, however, most cars require certain services as they reach each mile mark.

30k Miles Service

30k 60k 90k auto service technicianAt 30,000 miles, for example, your vehicle will need to have all fluids—automatic transmission fluid, power steering fluid, windshield washer fluid, etc.—checked. A good mechanic will do more than just replenish fluids; he or she will go so far as to upgrade your fluids, which will allow them to last longer than usual. It’s also a good sign if your mechanic uses synthetic gear oils and synthetic transmission fluids, since this will help your transmission to run cooler. This is particularly important for those in the South King County area since the hilly terrain can put a lot of extra wear and tear on transmissions.

60k Miles Service

When it comes time to go in for your 60,000 mile check-in, your timing belt may be due for replacement. Your mechanic should know to inspect the timing belt and all accessory belts, to advise you on their condition, and to determine whether or not you need a replacement at that time. Many vehicles can actually make it to the 90,000 mile mark before they require a new belt, and you’ll want to find a mechanic who will be honest with you and only provide this service when you actually need it. At 60,000 miles, your vehicle may also need chassis lubrication. Again, not all cars will need this; some newer models actually never need chassis lubrication. As you can see, an untrustworthy mechanic can easily charge you for services you don’t actually require, so do your part by finding someone scrupulous to work on your car and by knowing which services your vehicle actually needs.

90k Miles Service

At 90,000 miles, your mechanic should check your timing belt once again. This is also a good time for him or her to check all of your vehicle’s lights. If a light is out, your mechanic should first make sure the problem is not with the fuse but with the bulb and, if it is the fuse, should make repairs accordingly. Any necessary bulb replacements should be performed at this time as well. Another small but important task that should be done at this time is checking your windshield washer fluid. If new fluid is needed, make sure your mechanic uses quality washer fluid—never cheap products or water—and that he or she fills all reservoirs if more than one exists.

If you would like to get a general idea of what services your vehicle needs when, consult your owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer. The knowledge you gain could help you to determine whether your mechanic is being honest and whether or not he or she is providing you with all necessary services at the appropriate times.

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