We here at Mama's Used Cars know that performing regular maintenance is all a part of keeping your car up and running for as long as possible. Most cars are designed to be relatively worry-free machines so there’s no need to fret provided you keep up with the maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual. If you don’t have an owner’s manual, check out this general service schedule to extend the lifespan of your car.
Keeping up with weekly car maintenance items is a great way to keep your car in shape and spot problems early on. Something as simple as checking for dashboard indicator lights and examining your exterior lights can go a long way.
Checking the engine oil level is another pertinent maintenance item and is relatively easy to do. It never hurts to check on and refill the windshield washer fluid. Don’t forget to make sure your tires are properly inflated as well!
In addition to the weekly maintenance items, drivers should examine their hoses, belts, and exhaust every three months or 3,000 miles. Look at the battery for any abnormalities and make sure the connections are secure.
Some cars may need an oil change and tire rotation at this point. Fortunately, oil technology has come a long way and essentially renders the 3,000-mile rule obsolete for most vehicles.
Six Months/6,000 Miles
Most vehicles will require an oil change every six months regardless of mileage. It’s also a good time to change the wiper blades out for a fresh set. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to check the engine air filter as well.
12 Months/12,000 Miles
A yearly inspection will handle most general car maintenance, including changing the power steering fluid, coolant, and automatic transmission. Take the time to check the chassis lubrication as well. Most cars will need a new cabin air filter once a year too. Even if the ride is smooth it never hurts to check the wheel alignment.
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