Maintenance Tips

When it comes to keeping your vehicle running the way you expect it to run, our philosophy is simple; whatever is the easiest, least expensive, and most convenient way to make your car last for over 200,000 miles is the only way we will do the job!

Following manufacturer's suggested timelines

The first major check up: 30,000 miles

After many years of working on a variety of imported and domestic vehicles, we've learned that when working with the manufacturer's suggested intervals, a major car service is due every 30,000 miles.

During your 30,000 mile check up, we inspect:

  • Spark plugs
  • Fuel filter
  • Cooling system fluid check and/or change
  • Transmission change
  • Brake check
  • Any other fluids and major parts

The second major check up: 60,000 miles

What should you expect?

  • Timing belt inspection and replacement
  • Differential and gear fluid
  • Plug wire inspection and replacement
During the 60,000 mile check, we focus on major car engine functions that can start to show wear. A crucial check is the timing belt equipped in many vehicles. Not only is the inspection and replacement of this major belt highly recommended but timely inspection of this belt can save you thousands of dollars if it goes undetected and breaks during travel.

Another major inspection that occurs during your 60,000 mile check is the differential and gear fluids. Typically these fluids and the plug wire set will need to be changed.

On average, the auto repairs listed above will need to be done every two to three years, depending on the usage of your vehicle. Between these intervals, the only work that should be needed is the routine lube, oil and filter service.

Industry guidelines are tried and true!

It has been proven over and over again that if the guidelines listed are followed, you should enjoy many trouble-free years and thousands of miles of reliable transportation from your vehicle.

To set up an evaluation of your car's service history or if you just have questions about the recommended maintenance program on your automobile, email us at or call 509-248-7218.

Annette Cramer

I have brought my Subaru and Honda in for my regular Lube Oil Filter to Yakima Automotive. The service has been excellent. They will even pick up and drop off my car at my work place if I need that service, a big plus for me. My cars performed as well if not better than when I took them to the dealers I bought them from. Prices are lower than the dealers so it's a no brainer to take my car to Yakima Automotive.

Your partner in providing long term maintenance to the cars you drive

Your partner in providing long term maintenance to the cars you drive

At Yakima Automotive we strive to provide the highest level of customer service using the finest quality of products because we believe in developing long-term relationships with our customers. We encourage every one of our customers to call us with any questions they may have regarding their vehicle. Our goal is to make sure that your vehicle performs the best it can every day your drive it!