Corrective maintenance is a maintenance task performed to identify, isolate, and rectify a fault so that the failed equipment, machine, or system can be restored to an operational condition within the tolerances or limits established for in-service operations.
A French official norm defines "corrective maintenance" as maintenance which is carried out after failure detection and is aimed at restoring an asset to a condition in which it can perform its intended function (NF EN 13306 X 60-319 standard, June 2010.
Corrective maintenance can be subdivided into "immediate corrective maintenance" (in which work starts immediately after a failure) and "deferred corrective maintenance" (in which work is delayed in conformance to a given set of maintenance rules).
- L.C. Morow: Maintenance Engineering Hand Book, Mc Graw Hill, New York, 1952
- S. Nakajima: Introduction to TPM, Productivity Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1988
- Peter Willmott: Total Production Maintenance the Western Way, Butterworth, Heinemann, First Published 1994, Oxford, London
- MIL-STD-3034 Reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) Process.
- "Maintenance exécutée après détection d'une panne et destinée à remettre un bien dans un état dans lequel il peut accomplir une fonction requise."