Every vehicle comes with a maintenance schedule that can be found in the owner's manual. While the factory maintenance schedule varies slightly for every vehicle, some commonalities can be found that serve as a rule of thumb for which parts of your car should be looked at and when. Automotive experts call this the OEM service intervals. The rule most commonly states that certain services should be performed on your car when your total mileage hits 30,000-mile, 60,000-mile, or 90,000-mile intervals. Whether you drive an Acura, Audi, BMW, or Buick, these rules can be followed universally. A service that should be performed regularly (approximately every 5,000 to 10,000 miles) is an oil change to keep your car's oil free of dirt and debris, as well as a tire rotation and a full vehicle inspection.
Maintenance At 30,000 Miles
At Old Ox Tire & Auto, we specialize in Hybrid Repair and Muffler Repair but can take care of all the services needed for your vehicle. Some of the common services performed on your vehicle before it hits 30,000 miles are:
Air Filter - A clogged air filter makes it harder for your engine to breathe, which negatively impacts vehicle performance. Getting your air filter changed every 15,000 to 30,000 miles is ideal; if you live in a dusty environment, the average lifespan is every 15,000 miles.
Fuel System Service- Over time, buildup forms on your vehicle's fuel system parts which can cause the system to slow down. This is why it is so important to periodically bring your vehicle to Old Ox Tire & Auto.
Maintenance At 60,000 Miles
Battery - While the "life expectancy" of a car's battery is measured in time, not miles, the average battery lasts around four years, in which the average driver drives around 50,000 to 60,000 miles. Your battery is essential for keeping all electrical parts of your vehicle running smoothly. At Old Ox Tire & Auto, we will perform a full electrical system test to determine the current state-of-health of your battery.
Brake Fluid - Your brakes are usually engaged through a hydraulic system that can be compromised if there is corrosion from the brake components, which can result in copper contamination. This lowers the boiling point of the brake fluid, turning it to gas, which is compressible. This leads to a "squishy" brake pedal. Because of this, replacing your brake fluid periodically is important.
Brake Pads - A good set of brake pads can last for up to 50,000 miles. They are manufactured to start making a noise when the pads have worn past their optimal thickness when they need to be replaced.
Brake Rotors - Because your brakes work by squeezing the brake pads against metal discs (the rotors), rotors get subjected to a lot of heat, which causes them to warp over time if they get too thin or overheat. You can come to Old Ox Tire & Auto for a brake rotor replacement.
Coolant - A mix of coolant and water flows through your radiator to cool your car, which allows fresh ambient air to passively cool the coolant, which recirculates back through your engine in order to keep it functional at its optimal temperature. If you lose too much coolant (whether it be because of a small crack in the hose or a water pump issue), the engine will overheat, causing severe damage. Because of this, getting your coolant replaced periodically is essential.
Transmission Fluid - Low transmission-fluid levels (potentially caused by a leak) will cause excessive wear of the internal components. If you have a manual transmission, plan to change out the transmission fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. If you have an automatic transmission, change the fluid out every 30,000 to 100,000 miles, depending on the driving conditions you drive under.
Maintenance At 90,000 Miles
Hoses - The hoses in your car carry coolant, but as the rubber ages, it starts to wear down. As your mileage approaches the 90,000 mile mark, getting your hoses replaced to prevent them from swelling and/or leaking, which can cause severe damage to your vehicle, is crucial.
Power Steering Fluid - A low power steering fluid (potentially caused by a leak) may cause hard steering or excessive noise when you turn the wheel. Plan to flush and replace your power steering fluid periodically or when problems arise.
Spark Plugs/Ignition System - The frequency at which your spark plugs need to be replaced depends on what kind of spark plugs are used as well as the company that manufactured them.
Timing Belt - If your vehicle is equipped with a timing belt and something goes wrong with it, your engine's performance and functionality could be compromised. Because of this, it is important to preemptively get your timing belt replaced every 90,000 miles or so.
Your Quality Shop for Factory Recommended Maintenance
Look no further than Old Ox Tire & Auto to fulfill all your auto repair needs. We've been fixing cars since 2017, and our Expert technicians have decades of experience and can take care of your vehicle no matter the model or make. Our owner Josh Sadr is dedicated to providing a top-notch customer experience and will make sure any issues with your vehicle are fixed as soon as possible.
Reasons You Should Do Business With Us:
If you are in or near Alexandria, Virginia, Sterling, Virginia, Washington, DC, Takoma Park, Maryland, or New Carrollton, Maryland, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment withOld Ox Tire & Auto today! You can schedule an appointment with us online at https://oldoxtire.com/ or give us a call at 703-956-9811- Sterling, 202-481-0685- DC or 703-888-2654- Alexandria.