Northern VA Auto Repair


Common Service Intervals

The most frequently asked question about maintenance is how long stuff is going to last. Here’s the quick and dirty list of some of the averages so you can have a rough idea on how to schedule your maintenance and plan your budget!

Keep in mind that these are averages. Your intervals will be determined by the type of vehicle you drive, your driving habits/mileage and driving conditions!

Brakes : 30-60K miles

Tires : 50K miles (with regular rotation)

Oil Service

  • Synthetic oil : 5K (at least once a year)
  • Conventional oil : 3K (or every 3 months)

Tire rotation : 5K (with every Oil Service)

Battery : 3-5 Years

Belts & hoses : 60K (inspect for wear at every visit)

Cabin Air Filter : 6 months/15K

Engine Air Filter : 15k – 30K miles

AC System/Service : Every 1-2 years

Wiper blades : 6 -18 months (higher quality blades will last longer)

About your AC and wiper blades; these will show signs of wear and can just be replaced when your experience a loss of performance. AC systems will begin to blow warm air, wiper blades will cause streaks on your windshield and may get noisy.

Tires can last 40k-60K miles and will wear evenly and last longer if you rotate them regularly. Otherwise, they’ll have half the life.

Our best advice is to get an Oil Service done 2X a year/every 5K miles, preferably when the weather changes; Spring (for hot summer weather) & Fall (for frigid winter temps). Ideally, your whole vehicle should be inspected. This is the only way to be able to keep unexpected repair bills at bay and to budget your annual vehicle maintenance expenses.


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