M&R Automotive is a leading auto repair shop serving Menlo Park, Atherton, Daly City, Palo Alto, and Belmont. We have all heard about a “tune-up,” but what does it really involve? Likewise, it is more than just replacing the air filter, spark plugs, and transmission fluid every few years. In fact, preventative maintenance would be a more appropriate term as it encompasses a variety of services that increase your vehicle’s longevity and prevent costly engine and transmission repairs. Not to mention it also helps improve fuel economy, restore performance, and reduce emissions.

What a tune-up or preventive maintenance entails varies across different makes and models, although the information can be found in your vehicle owner’s manual. The intervals below are just general guidelines and may not apply in all cases.


Brake Replacement

Your car’s braking system is the first line of defense in an impending accident. Driving a car with bad brakes puts the driver and other road users at risk of an accident. On the other hand, ensuring your vehicles have well-functioning brakes can save your life and other road users. Therefore, ensure your brakes are in good condition before driving.

A good braking system is important to a safe journey. At M & R Automotive Repair, we offer brake replacement services needed for the safe operation of the vehicle. We have expert technicians trained to fix your vehicle brakes. So you can be assured that your car is in safe hands.

SMOG Check

We are a STAR certified SMOG check station. If you need a smog check to register your vehicle in California, we can help. Give us a call if you have any questions about getting your vehicle smogged, or click the button below to schedule an appointment to bring your vehicle in.


Changing the oil and filter every 5,000-10,000 miles is arguably the most important vehicle service. Over time, the oil collects dirt, and its lubricative properties break down, increasing engine wear. Likewise, the tires will likely be due for a rotation, and with the wheels off the vehicle, this is a good time to check the brakes.


In addition to the above, a more thorough revision should be done every 20,000-30,000 miles. This includes checking systems like the drivetrain, suspension, brakes, and exhaust for worn or damaged components. On higher-mileage vehicles, the brake and fuel lines for should be inspected for corrosion.

Some minor services may need to be done, such as recharging the air conditioning if it is not blowing cold air like before. The air filter will probably need to be replaced, and many manufacturers recommend flushing brake fluid as well.


For new vehicles, this is usually the first major service. Likewise, the tires and brake pads are probably close to the end of their service life and up for replacement. The rotors will likely need to be turned or swapped out with the pads. Engine drive belt(s) and hoses should be inspected and replaced if they show signs of damage. The transmission may need to be flushed and topped off with new fluid. The same can be said for the braking and coolant systems if it was not done earlier. Other services often include replacing the air filter, fuel filter, and spark plugs.

In addition, most new vehicle powertrain warranties end around 50,000 miles, and this is an excellent opportunity to identify any issues before the warranty expires.

EVERY 75K-100K

This is usually the most comprehensive service for any vehicle as this includes many items listed earlier or, in some cases, a second go-around. Likewise, it may require additional things, especially if your vehicle’s engine uses a timing belt. Replacing it is essential as the heat causes the rubber to dry out and crack. Since replacing the timing belt usually involves removing the hoses, drive belts, and water pump, these should also be replaced if they have not been done recently.

Lastly, chances are components that do not have a set service life, like shocks, struts, and ball joints, will be worn and up for replacement.