Routine maintenance is crucial for ensuring your vehicle is running properly and efficiently. Many manufacturers suggest the 30-60-90 mile maintenance schedule. This schedule implies specific components of your vehicle be replaced or inspected at 30,000, 60,000, and 90,000 miles.
30,000 Miles Maintenance
By the time your vehicle hits 30,000 miles, you should have replaced the Fuel Filter and the Air Filter.
An air filter prevents dirt and debris from entering your engine. If you’ve noticed Reduced Fuel Economy, Engine Misfiring, Unusual Engine Sounds, Check Engine Light Comes On, Reduced Horsepower, Sooty Smoke Exiting the Exhaust, or Gasoline Smell when Starting the Car – you may want to replace your air filter. A typical vehicle should have it’s air filter replaced between 15,000 to 30,000 miles.
The fuel filter keeps fuel running smoothly to the engine. If you begin to notice Lack of Engine Power, Engine Stalling with Hard Acceleration, Random Engine Misfiring – it’s time to replace your fuel filter. Although it’s not always necessary to replace the fuel filter at 30,000 miles, it’s better safe than sorry with this critical component.
60,000 Miles Maintenance
When your vehicle’s mileage flips to the 60,000 mark, you should have replaced the Battery, Brake Fluid, Brake Pads/Shoes, Brake Rotors, Coolant, Transmission Fluid
The main purpose for the battery is to help start the vehicle’s engine. There are common symptoms your battery is going bad – Dim Headlights, Slow Crank, Backfiring, and more. Most drivers will need to replace their vehicle’s battery between 50,000 – 60,000 miles which is normally equivalent to four or five years.
Brake Fluid, Pads, & Rotors
There are a few components that go into a brake system – fluid, pads, and rotors. Together, they allow your vehicle to stop and brake properly and effectively.
- We recommend changing the brake fluid every 20,000 to 45,000 miles.
- Most good sets of brake pads can last up to 50,000 miles.
- Brake rotors should either be resurfaced or replaced by 60,000 miles.
Coolant, also known as antifreeze, prevents your vehicle from overheating. If your coolant levels are too low, your engine may overheat and cause severe and expensive damage. You should plan for a coolant replacement at 60,000 miles.
Low levels of transmission fluid can cause serious damage to your transmission system. Most cars include a dipstick to provide an easy way to monitor your fluid level and condition. Healthy transmission fluid will be pink and smell sweet, but if your transmission fluid is bad, you’ll notice a dark red color and burnt smell. Transmission fluid should be replaced between 30,000 and 60,000 miles.
90,000 Miles Maintenance
At 90,000 miles your vehicle is definitely worn in, but to keep it running properly for 90,000+ more miles, you should plan to replace Hoses, Power Steering Fluid, Spark Plugs, and the Timing Belt.
Radiator and Heater Hoses
These radiator and heater hoses bring fluids to their respective vehicle components, and it goes without saying that a leaky hose can cause major issues. These hoses should be replaced by 90,000 miles.
Power Steering Fluid
Simply putting it, your power steering fluid allows you to easily turn your steering wheel. If your fluid is running low you will notice difficulty steering and low noise while turning the wheel. You should replace this fluid at 75,000 miles, unless problems occur earlier.
Spark plugs “spark” the electricity needed to start an engine. If your spark plugs are going bad, you’ll notice Slow Acceleration, Poor Fuel Economy, Engine Misfiring, and Difficulty Starting the Vehicle. Newer vehicles have higher quality plugs installed where they should last until 90,000+ miles, but some older vehicles or vehicles with cheaper spark plugs should expect to replace plugs after 30,000 miles.
Timing Belt or Chain
A timing belt or chain synchronizes specific components within an engine to ensure valves open and close properly timed. Though belts and chains differ from when they should be replaced, both should be inspected and/or replaced before 100,000 miles. Typically belts require replacement between 75,000 to 90,000 miles.
The 30-60-90 milestones are general guidelines, but for best practices you should refer to your vehicles manual. If you’re near one of the 30-60-90 milestones, contact us today to schedule your Routine Maintenance appointment! 320-566-1222 | IPR@TeamInnovative.com