When you get a brand-new car, doesn’t everything feel great?  The new car smell, the clean interior, the gleaming paint job, the sparkly clean tires, the purring engine… When a car is brand spanking new, driving around Kent can be an exhilarating experience.

As you keep and drive your car, it ages and starts needing maintenance. Soon it needs its first oil change, then its first maintenance service, and then its first major service at the 30,000 mile mark. At 30,000 miles, your car still feels new, but by this point, the owner’s manual clearly points out that a 30,000 mile service is needed.

So, should you get the 30,000 mile service or not?

Here are some thoughts to consider when assessing if the 30,000 mile service is worth it.

First, there’s the warranty to consider. The proper service, as outlined in the owner’s manual, needs to be done in order to keep the warranty valid. If you decide to skip the recommended 30,000 mile service, and then try to go in for a warranty issue, you may be turned away.

Second, even though your vehicle still feels new, it is usually 2 – 4 years old by the time it needs its 30,000 mile service. Just as you would take a child into the doctor for health checkups, you want to do the same thing for your “baby on 4 wheels”, your beloved automobile. By keeping up on regular maintenance, you can ensure your vehicle remains safe and fully operational.

Here are the typical tasks to expect for a 30,000 mile service for all foreign and domestic vehicles we service.

 A typical 30,000 mile service includes:


  • Fuel lines
  • Fuel hoses and connections
  • Vapor hose and fuel filler cap
  • Accessory drive belts
  • Timing belt
  • Transmission fluid and lubricant
  • Brake fluid
  • Brake hoses and lines
  • Rear brake drums/linings
  • Parking brake
  • Brake pads
  • Calipers and rotors
  • Exhaust pipe and muffler
  • Suspension mounting bolts
  • Steering gear box
  • Linkage and boots
  • Lower arm ball joint
  • Power steering pump
  • Belts and hoses
  • Drive shafts and boots
  • Air conditioning refrigerant



  • Air cleaner filter
  • Coolant system flush
  • Fuel system flush
  • Spark plugs
  • Oil change



  • Rotate tires

Third, even if you’re budget is tight, and you are tempted to put off the 30,000 mile service until later, it’s important to invest in the maintenance of your vehicle. Ignoring necessary service could result in expensive and/or dangerous breakdowns. With regular maintenance to your car, you can keep it running smoother for longer, saving you money in the long run. At Central Avenue Automotive in Kent, Washington, our experienced auto technicians will write up a priority list and go over any necessary repairs with you. With this information, you can plan out repairs according to your budget.

When you bring your vehicle in for its 30,000 mile service to our friendly auto repair facility, we provide a complete and thorough service that will keep your warranty valid. Whenever you have a question about 30K mile service or any other auto repair issue, contact us. You may call our auto shop at (253) 854-6762 or visit us at 1514 Central Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032.