When you invest in a Chevy, you want some assurance that you’ll get to enjoy the car for a long time. One of the best ways to make sure that happens is by following the service schedule in your Chevrolet owner’s manual. While there are some industry standards to follow for servicing your car, your best bet for the most precise service for your particular make requires following the owner’s manual. If you can’t find your original manual, you can check the manufacturer’s website for an electronic version. Here are some of the most common service points.
3,000 – 7,000 Miles
About every 3,000 miles to 7,000 miles, your car will be due for an oil change. An oil change usually also comes with an oil filter change to make sure that the oil performs at its best. The frequency at which you should go in for oil changes varies based on several factors, such as the type of oil that your car uses and its age.
At 15,000 miles, your car will go in for its first comprehensive inspection. Since brakes and tires are components that can wear out quickly, they will be checked for signs of wear and replaced if necessary. Your tires may be rotated or aligned. Your mechanic will check the automatic transmission fluid at this point too, which ensures that the car continues performing at its best. The air filter in the engine will probably be replaced if it has not been changed yet. The fuel filter will likely be replaced at this point since it can get clogged by debris. This negatively affects the performance of the engine.
Brake Fluid, Pads, Shoes, and Rotors
Hoses and Belts
Along with the service provided at 15,000 miles, your vehicle will get a more comprehensive inspection at 30,000 miles. One important part that the Chevy service department will check is the battery. Today’s batteries are designed to last anywhere from three to five years. In terms of mileage, this equates to somewhere between 30,000 and 50,000 miles. The brakes will also get a more comprehensive inspection at this point. The brake fluid will probably be changed to make sure that it is not contaminated with particles that could affect your braking ability. The brake pads and shoes, which can start to cause screeching noises as they wear out, will also be changed at this point. The disc rotors, which help bring the car to a stop, can either be replaced or re-surfaced. All hoses and belts will be inspected as well.
Transmission and Coolant Fluid
Windshield Wipers and Fluid
At 60,000 miles, your car gets the same inspection at 30,000 miles plus more. Vital fluids, including the transmission and coolant fluids, will probably be replaced at this point. Many mechanics will also flush the cooling system to keep your Chevrolet running at its best. Having sufficient coolant fluid is essential, as it prevents the engine from overheating. The transmission fluid keeps the transmission system operating smoothly. If there is too little transmission fluid in your vehicle, it will have trouble shifting and parts in the transmission system may break. If you drive a Chevy truck, you might need to have the transmission fluid replaced earlier at 30,000 miles, as towing heavy loads can shorten the lifespan of your transmission fluid. At 60,000 miles, the windshield wiper fluid levels will be checked and the windshield wipers may be replaced. The car’s exterior lights will be checked too to ensure they are safe.
When your car reaches the 90,000 mile mark, it essentially gets the same service that it had performed at 60,000 miles. The major fluids in the car will probably be replaced and their systems will be flushed, since fluids can start to break down more quickly as the vehicle ages. Your car’s tires will be inspected to see if they need to be changed, too. If the car is also due for an oil change, an expert at the Chevy service department can tell you whether or not you should switch to another type of oil at this point, such as a high-mileage oil, which will keep the vehicle running strong and maximize its performance.
Giving your Chevy the proper care that it needs is essential to making sure that your car lasts for a long time. Following your car’s owner’s manual is a good way to identify the major service points and why they are important. At each service point a mechanic can also tell you if your Chevy needs to have one or more components checked or replaced more frequently. Of course, it’s always possible that something breaks or needs to be fixed before a scheduled maintenance time. If you notice anything unusual, contact your closest dealership to make an appointment for your car.