A motor vehicle service or tune-up is a series of Auto maintenance Services procedures carried out at a set time interval or after the vehicle has traveled a certain distance. The service intervals are specified by the vehicle manufacturer in a service schedule and some modern cars display the due date for the next service electronically on the instrument panel. A tune-up should not be confused with engine tuning, which is the modifying of an engine to perform better than the original specification, rather than using maintenance to keep the engine running as it should.
Routine car maintenance is mandatory to keep a car running properly. The following guidelines are the approximate intervals many car manufacturers suggest auto maintenance service be performed.
Every 3,000 to 7,000 Miles
The oil and oil filter should be replaced according to the manufacturer’s recommended auto maintenance schedule with a majority suggesting the oil and oil filter be replaced between 3,000 and 7,000 miles. Furthermore, an inspection of the transmission fluid level, coolant, power steering fluid, windshield washer fluid and wipers, tires, and all exterior lights is also encouraged.
Every 15,000 to 30,000 Miles
Replace the air filter every 15,000 miles. Every 20,000 miles inspect the battery and coolant. Most 25,000-mile maintenance service requires replacing the fuel filter. Every 30,000 miles, replace the air filter and power steering fluid. Inspect the coolant, radiator hoses, HVAC system, brake pads, and all suspension components.
Common Auto maintenance Services
Maintenance tasks commonly carried out during a motor vehicle service include:
- Change the engine oil
- Replace the oil filter
- Replace the air filter
- Replace the fuel filter
- Replace the cabin or a/c filter
- Replace the spark plugs
- Check level and refill brake fluid/clutch fluid
- Check Brake Pads/Liners, Brake Discs/Drums, and replace if worn out.
- Check Coolant Hoses
- Check the charging systems
- Check the battery
- Check level and refill power steering fluid
- Check level and refill Automatic/Manual Transmission Fluid
- Grease and lubricate components
- Inspect and replace the timing belt or timing chain if needed
- Check the condition of the tires
- Check for proper operation of all lights, wipers, etc.
- Check for any error codes in the ECU and take corrective action.
- Use a scan tool to read trouble code.
Mechanical parts that may cause the car to cease transmission or prove unsafe for the road are also noted and advised upon.