The Importance of 30/60/90K Factory Maintenance
If you purchase a car from a dealer, you're likely to hear the term "30/60/90K factory maintenance" at some point. This refers to the manufacturer's recommended scheduled maintenance for your vehicle that typically falls at 30,000, 60,000 and 90,000 miles. Specific vehicles may have slight variations on this schedule, but 30/60/90 is considered the standard average.
Some people assume this maintenance schedule is simply a ploy to get car owners to pay more money to their dealer service department. After all, if nothing is going wrong with your car, there's no need to take it in for servicing-right?
Wrong. The 30/60/90K factory maintenance schedule is actually there for your protection, so your trusted automotive service can inspect your vehicle's critical moving parts thoroughly, look for signs of wear, and perform repairs as needed, before you break down on the road. This is in your best interest because it is usually much cheaper to inspect and repair/replace a worn part than it is to repair damage caused by the failure of that part. For example, replacing a timing belt before it breaks can save you thousands of dollars on expensive engine repairs. This is even more important for newer vehicles that are designed to go farther between scheduled auto service because the warning signs of needed repairs are less evident, but no less expensive if something breaks.
What happens during 30/60/90K servicing?
Typically, this maintenance service starts with a thorough inspection of your vehicle's critical systems, replenishing or replacing fluids, and performing repairs as needed. These may include the following:
- Oil change
- Tire rotation
- Topping off, flushing or replacing fluids like transmission, brake, and coolant
- Replacing spark plugs
- Replacing fuel and air filters
- Inspecting and/or replacing timing belt
Not all of these services will need to be performed at each mileage point, but your auto repair service will perform necessary maintenance on these systems as needed.
Who should do 30/60/90K maintenance?
Here's where you can actually save some money. Dealerships often lead people to believe that maintenance must be performed only by the dealership service department in order to keep the warranty in effect. The truth is that your warranty stays in effect as long as you have the maintenance done according to the manufacturer's schedule. If you take your vehicle to an independent auto repair service shop employing only ASE-certified master technicians, you can save money on factory maintenance while still being assured the job is done right.
If you need 30/60/90K factory maintenance on your vehicle, or any other servicing or repair in Everett, Washington, O.N.B. Automotive has an established reputation for providing affordable and honest service and repair, as evidenced by the testimonials of many satisfied customers; O.N.B. Automotive can be reached at 425-317-9618 to schedule an accurate diagnosis or regularly scheduled maintenance.
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Written By Brian Corey
Published By MORBiZ