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What Is the Difference Between a Minor & Major Service?

As a car owner, you have to get both minor and major services from time to time. However, do you know the distinction between the two types of services and what they entail?


For every vehicle make, there are unique subtleties to what minor service and major service involves. For the most part, vehicles need check-ups and maintenance as they gain more mileage. Some significant numbers or mile checkpoints include these marks: 7500 miles, 15,000 miles, 30,000 miles, 45,000 miles, 60,000 miles, 75,000 miles, 90,000 miles. You can also refer to your owner's manual for your vehicle specifications for when it needs service. 

Generally speaking, minor services are to be done every 10K - 15K miles. Minor services typically include the following:

  • Oil change
  • Tire rotation
  • Tire inspection
  • Brake inspection
  • Fluid inspection
  • Belt and hose inspection

The purpose of a minor service is to check on the vehicle's health and ensure there are no damages or leaks.


On the other hand, a major service is more involved. Major services take place less frequently (every 30K miles) but are arguably far more crucial. A major service is necessary if you want to preserve the investment you've made in a vehicle. Here is what major service typically covers:

  • Road test
  • Oil change
  • All filters are swapped out (ex. oil filter, engine filter, cabin filter, etc.)
  • Spark plugs are replaced
  • Fluid exchange for your transmission, brakes, clutch, power steering, and coolant systems
  • Complete visual safety inspection
  • Battery test
  • Multi-point inspection recommended by the factory to make certain everything's in good shape, including the tires, belts, hoses, etc.

A major service aims to make sure your vehicle continues to perform well as it ages. When you take proper care of your car, it is better equipped to take good care of you. If your vehicle's odometer has alerted you that some minor or major service is due soon, Pro Auto Care would be more than delighted to service your vehicle. Please give us a call or visit today!