Let’s face it life is busy and unpredictable. Staying on top of routine maintenance can sometimes become a hassle and take a back seat to everyday tasks, and we understand. Trying to fit maintenance for your car between the soccer practices, late office hours, or being an entrepreneur is difficult. Below you will see a sample maintenance schedule that might help you prepare and maintain your vehicle in peak running form for a long time.
An oil change is sometimes the most overlooked part of maintaining a well-running vehicle. Regular oil has to be changed every three months or 3,000 miles (whichever comes first), a synthetic oil change will give you longer-lasting results (six months or 6,000 miles), however, it comes with a higher price point.
30,000 Mile Maintenance
Think of air filter as an a/c filter in your home, it gets dusty and prevents clean air-flow, the same concept applies to the air filter in your vehicle. Dusty and clogged air filter makes it exponentially harder for your engine to “breathe” and can significantly impact vehicles’ performance. A good rule of thumb is to change air filter anywhere between 15,000 and 30,000 miles (15,000 preferred if you live with a more urban environment with higher pollution level).
A fuel filter is a filter in the fuel line that screens out dirt and rust particles from the fuel. If you are using lower quality gas changing fuel filter might have to be done sooner since it has to filter out a lot more impurities. We recommend asking us on your next visit to perform a pressure test to determine the health of your fuel filter.
60,000 Mile Maintenance
This is an important mark for your vehicle. If you want to avoid costly repairs your vehicle will need quite a few things done. This might seem like a daunting list, however, every item on the list can be done within a day. You can simply drop off your vehicle in the morning and pick it up in the afternoon with all of the services completed. We offer complimentary Uber or Lyft rides to the customers who perform this particular maintenance package.
Brakes, brake shoes, and brake fluid
Here at Luigie’s Auto Service, we offer multiple brake service packages to fit every budget. It’s important at 60,000 to inspect or replace the brakes to keep you safe on the road with the rainy conditions that Florida has to offer year-round.
Most manufacturers do not have a set mileage for transmission fluid to be changed and our answer on the actual mileage is “it depends”. If you own a heavy-duty truck or on the road a lot, transmission fluid needs to be replaced at an earlier point. However, for an average driver, this is a good point to change the fluid. The manual transmission also requires a lower mileage to change the fluid since it has a heavier impact on transmission.
Coolant is a mix of antifreeze and water that flows through the radiator keeping your engine at a cool temperature and preventing it from overheating. 60,000 is a mile mark where you would flush your coolant.
90,000 Mile Maintenance
Whether you just purchased a vehicle with 90,000 mileage or owned your car for a while at this particular point you will have to get belts, hoses, and certain fluids changed or topped off.
Hear a screeching noise when starting your car in the morning? This is most likely your timing belt that needs to be replaced. A timing belt, timing chain, or cambelt is a part of an internal combustion engine that synchronizes the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft(s) so that the engine’s valves open and closes at the proper times during each cylinder’s intake and exhaust strokes.
Most of the modern hoses consist of rubber material and wear over time. This can cause cracking and can seep fluids. Our mechanics are trained to notice issues like that particularly on European vehicles that are notorious for leaks.
We understand this is a large list and can seem overwhelming, however, you are in good hands with Luigie’s Auto Service. We always leave no-pressure recommendations on your invoices as a reminder that scheduled maintenance is coming up and you will be able to avoid a costly repair.