30, 60, 90: Our Recommended Milestones for Scheduling Service

Do you get your vehicle serviced often enough? If you’re like most drivers, you try to get your car in when you can but you’re not perfect. The 30/60/90 rule is recommended by manufacturers to help drivers remember when to make an appointment for service. We’ll explain why these intervals are important and what you can expect at each appointment.

Getting Regular Maintenance: 30/60/90

It’s okay if you’ve never heard of the 30/60/90 service milestones before. Some manufacturers stick to those numbers while others will just recommend that you schedule service within those ranges. For the best results, however, you want to stick as close to the service intervals as possible so that your car stays running as smoothly as possible for as long as possible.

What to Expect: 30,000 Miles

Before you even hit the 30,000-mile marker, you’ll want to get your oil and oil filter checked. Depending on the type, synthetic oil is good for 5,000-10,000 miles. Your air and fuel filters should also be checked around 30,000 miles to make sure they’re allowing your engine to perform at maximum levels.

Your 30,000-mile service check may also include, but is not limited to:

  • Making sure your tires have enough air and are wearing correctly
  • Inspecting all brake lines, hoses, pads, rotors & calipers, and your parking brake
  • Testing the battery
  • Checking the wiper blades to make sure they’re not too worn
  • Installing any software updates in vehicle modules

What to Expect: 60,000 Miles

At 60,000 miles, the average vehicle owner has had their car or truck for about 5 years, unless you work in a profession that gets serious mileage. This is around the time you want to see if your battery needs to be replaced; if your brakes are in good working condition; and check the status of your transmission fluid. 60,000 miles is also a great time to ask your mechanic to check

  • Engine coolant
  • Spark Plugs
  • Power steering
  • HVAC operation

What to Expect: 90,000 Miles

After 90,000 miles, you’ve hopefully developed a good sense of knowing your vehicle and you have an idea of how things are running. This milestone is a chance to check your timing belt, if your car has one, and replace it before it wears out. You may also need to check all your hoses for any cracks or wear so that you don’t end up with fluid leaks down the line. Basically, this and all subsequent service milestones are a great way for you to check in with your vehicle and ensure that everything is working as it should.

Final note: regular oil changes and minor maintenance visits don’t always fall perfectly in line with your service milestones. Make sure you get regular oil changes for maximum vehicle performance!

Performance Auto Repair in Montgomery, AL is the better alternative to the dealership; we make sure you get the care and service you deserve. Make your appointment today or call us at (334) 260-3582!


  1. Very helpful blog, we are into auto repairs of both electrical or mechanical repairs certified by Maryland State Vehicle Inspection.

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