Why Do I Need A 30K Mile Service Appointment?
Congratulations! You and your vehicle have been through quite a bit in your first 30,000 miles together and have reached a new pinnacle. What are we talking about? We’re talking about 30,000-mile maintenance of course!
You may be wondering if you really need this service. Most likely, you’ve been experiencing few, if any, problems. By getting 30K mile service, you are not only protecting your investment, but you are also ensuring that your new car warranty remains in effect. Forgoing a service appointment is a big risk that will prevent you from getting the most out of your precious investment.
What will the mechanic do?
The answer varies based on the make and model of your vehicle. Manufacturers often have differences of what is involved in a 30K mile service and may even have different standards for each of their models. To find the best plan for your vehicle, check your car’s manual for exact details on what you need for your 30K mile service. Going to a licensed dealership will also help you get the correct and best service for your vehicle.
In a general sense though, there are a few things the mechanic may do for your vehicle. Some of these things include an oil change, air filter, tire rotation, new transmission fluid, fuel filter, and a thorough inspection of the inner workings of your vehicle.
What will the mechanic look for?
During their inspection, your mechanic will look for problems with your vehicle in it’s most important areas. The first inspection may be for your brake and cooling systems. These parts of your car make sure that everything is working correctly and running smoothly. The mechanic may also check your spark plugs to make sure that they are still functioning and may replace them if necessary. After this, the mechanic might inspect your belts, fluids, differential, shocks, tires, wiper blades, lights/bulbs, and front suspension. Having an inspection by a mechanic will get a deeper look at the inner workings of your vehicle to make sure everything is working correctly, and that anything that needs replacing is done. Like mentioned before, this will vary by manufacturer recommendations, so make sure you’re getting the best service by going to a manufacturer-partnered dealership.
What problems will this prevent?
Having regular maintenance is important and could save you thousands in emergency service down the road. Loose belts can cause the water pump to underperform, risking an overheated engine. Engine repairs are some of the most expensive to fix, so an inspection at 30K miles is important! If your vehicle’s belts fail completely your vehicle could break down and cause damage to other components as well.
Worn out spark plugs mean that your engine isn’t working as well as it should. This will cost you extra money in fuel costs. Overused spark plugs can cause the battery to drain, or can create a lack of acceleration, which can put you in danger in heavy traffic situations. The 30K mile service appointment checks for worn parts and potential issues that could become dangerous.
A tire rotation makes sure that your tires are wearing out evenly. Your tires will last much longer from a rotation and you can save money in the long run by not replacing them as frequently. A tire rotation also helps your vehicle drives smoother because the alignment will be set. Unaligned tires make it more difficult to drive straight which is deadly on the highway.
You might think that you’re only experiencing a small issue and that it’s okay to wait until the problem gets worse. However, even the smallest components of your car can have serious consequences. Missing on your service appointments is a big risk to yourself and your vehicle. You may be trying to avoid expensive repairs, but if you continue to prolong it, the repairs will become more expensive and you may be putting yourself in danger by continuing to drive your car. Repairs will only become more costly over time and putting off repairs can lead to dangerous driving conditions. When it comes to driving, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Keep yourself and your vehicle safe.