30K - 60K - 90K Maintenance:

Avoid high cost repairs with regular maintenance services - Fluids break down and deteriorate, and no longer give your car the protection it requires. To ensure your car's peak performance, manufacturers recommend periodic maintenance services and fluid exchanges, such as: coolant flush, transmission fluid flush, power steering and brake flush. Following these recommended services can help save you a lot of money later on by avoiding potentially greater costs for major repairs. At Nathan's Automotive Shop we follow your manufacturer's recommendations (most will recommend 30K-60K-90K maintenance) to ensure that your vehicle is operating properly.

 

These include:

Vehicle System or Component Check Monthly Check Every 3,000 Miles Service Notes
Automatic Transmission Fluid Yes   Check level with engine running and transmission in park. If low, add type of ATF specified in owners’ manual and/or on
dipstick. For best results change every two years or 24,000 miles
Battery and Cables   Yes Battery should be securely mounted. Battery connections should be clean, tight and corrosion-free. If your car’s battery is three years old or more, it should be replaced
Belts   Yes Check for looseness, cracks or glazing. Replace V-belts every four years/36,000 miles. Replace serpentine belts every four years/50,000 miles, or sooner if needed. Replace belt per interval specified in owner’s manual. Typically, this is at 60,000 miles. Not replacing the belt as required could cause a breakdown or serious engine damage
Brakes and Brake Fluid Yes   For best results, have the entire brake system – including brake linings – inspected at every other oil change.
Cabin Air Filter     Replace annually, more often in areas with heavy airborne contaminants
Chassis Lubrication   Yes Many newer cars are lubed-for-life, some still require this service. Replacement steering and suspension components require periodic lubrication.
Check Engine Light On Yes   If light comes on while driving or remains on, your engine may have an emissions or
sensor problem and should be checked by a professional technician. If light flashes, the condition is more severe and must be checked immediately to prevent catalytic converter damage.
Coolant (Antifreeze) Yes   Check level at reservoir. Do not open hot radiator cap. If low, add 50/50 mix of approved antifreeze and distilled water.
Engine Air Filter   Yes Replace yearly, or when dirty. Inspect annually, more often if driving and road conditions dictate.
Engine Oil and Filter Yes Yes Check level with engine off at every fill up. Change oil and filter every 3,000 miles or 3 months. Use specified oil grade and weight.
Exhaust   Yes Inspect for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers if there is an unusual noise. If you suspect a problem, have it inspected immediately by a professional technician.
Fuel Filter   Yes On carbureted cars, replace the filter once a year. On cars with fuel injection, replace the filter every two years or 24,000 miles.
Hoses   Yes Inspect for leaks, cracks or bulges, sponginess, brittleness and swelling. Replace hoses at lease every four years.
Lights Yes   Replace bulb immediately if light is out.
Power Steering Fluid   Yes Check the fluid with the car warmed up. Add approved type if low. If regular topping off is required, have system inspected for leaks.
Shock Absorbers and Struts   Yes Inspect for leaks, damage and loose mounting hardware. Replace if worn, damaged or leaking. Have checked by a professional at lease once a year.
Tire Inflation and Condition Yes   Inflate tires to recommended pressure. Replace tires if worn or damaged. Remember to check the spare. Check pressure of all tires including the spare. Check tread for wear and for cuts or bruised along the sidewalls.
Windshield Washer Fluid Yes   Check level every other fill up. Some vehicles have two reservoirs. Do not use water. Use washer fluid only.
Wiper Blades   Yes Replace when streaking or chattering.