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It’s that time again; your car just turned 30,000 miles and you’re wondering if it’s time to take it in for its service? There are many things to consider when determining when and how often you should bring your car in for service, and we’re here to break down all the information into one easy-to-read list so you can make an informed decision. From what happens during the check-up to common issues you may encounter, we cover everything you need to know about 30k mile service.

Get a Great Deal on Maintenance

Most manufacturers recommend routine oil changes at specified intervals. Your owner’s manual should detail what service is required for your specific vehicle. Follow these instructions carefully to ensure optimal performance and safe operation of your car or truck. There are certain milestones that you may want to pay attention to, though. One is 30,000 miles. This is a good time to bring your vehicle in for an inspection and some service work if needed.

Get up to 3 Quotes

If you haven’t set up an appointment for a 30K mile service, now is your chance. Here are some tips to help you out: • Narrow down your choices of auto mechanics to one that has a good track record and one that will treat you fairly. • Make sure they cover all their costs before signing anything on the dotted line. • Have them give you an itemized quote and look over it carefully before making any decisions.

Diagnostics and State Inspection

For most owners, a car isn’t considered properly maintained until it reaches about 30k miles. But your car still needs attention long before that. Consider an annual wellness checkup called a state inspection (it varies from state to state), which may be required in order for you to renew your vehicle registration or driver’s license. In addition to ensuring that your vehicle is roadworthy and safe, most states will also do a basic health assessment on your car.

Engine Oil Change

When it comes to your car’s engine, oil is one of its most essential components. While you can change your oil yourself, bringing it in for a service at a local auto shop is typically easier and costs much less in time and money. According to Consumer Reports, some shops will even take advantage of your ignorance and overcharge you when performing these services; be sure to ask around before committing to any one particular shop.

Transmission Fluid Change

If you’re driving a car that’s used for short trips and urban commutes, your transmission fluid might last much longer than 30k miles. If you drive on more rural roads or have a lot of highway time in your commute, however, it’s a good idea to change your transmission fluid before it hits that mile marker.

Brake Fluid Change

Although you may be more familiar with engine oil changes, there’s another fluid that needs your attention at 30k miles. Your transfer case—or part-time—transmission, needs to have its fluid changed as well. Essentially, it serves as a pump which allows for easier operation of four-wheel drive (if your vehicle has it). It also allows for improved rear-wheel traction when only two wheels are being driven.

What You Should Know About 60000 Mile Service

If you drive your car frequently, you’re probably familiar with the term 60000 mile service, which refers to your car getting its first major tune-up at about 60,000 miles. This may seem early if you still feel like your vehicle runs great at this point, but taking care of it now will pay off later in the form of fewer breakdowns and longer-lasting parts. Read on to learn more about the services your car needs at this point in its life and why you shouldn’t put them off any longer!

How long does it take

What’s going on in there? Even if you don’t have any problems, most vehicles will need a trip to the shop for their 60000 mile service. This is because regular service can help protect your investment and ensure your vehicle runs smoothly.

Does your vehicle need other services at this time too

Yes, vehicles in good working order should also receive regularly scheduled maintenance. Most vehicle manufacturers and industry experts recommend service at 50000-mile intervals, but if you use your car heavily—perhaps you run a delivery service—you may need to increase that service interval to 70000 miles. However, here’s something important to remember: A vehicle doesn’t need any given service because of mileage. Rather, it is due for that particular service because it has reached a certain age.

Do I really need new tires at 60,000 miles

If you’re using your car for long-distance driving, then it might be worth having new tires installed at that point. 60,000 miles is an industry benchmark; however, depending on how your vehicle is used, you may want to get new tires earlier. In addition to tread depth, other factors include wear on sidewalls and under-inflation. How does all of that affect performance?

How old is my engine oil

To figure out if you’re due for a service, look at your car’s 60000 mile service sticker. This label is attached to either your windshield or in your glove compartment, and lists when you should schedule a tune-up. The minimum requirement for most cars is every 5 years or 60,000 miles—whichever comes first. If it’s time for service and you haven’t already scheduled one, it’s not too late to call your mechanic.

Have any fluids been changed recently

Fluids – including engine oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid – play a key role in your vehicle’s day-to-day performance. Replacing them regularly is an important step in keeping your car healthy. These fluids generally don’t need to be changed before their recommended service intervals (60000 miles for most vehicles). However, when you bring your car into our service center for other routine maintenance or repairs, we may recommend changing certain fluids.