Tips for Auto Maintenance

Scheduling

Scheduling your car maintenance varies depending on the year, make, and model of your car, where you live and how much you drive.

Service advisors in dealerships and independent shops recommend  a schedule based on the number of miles you drive and the weather in your area.

Common maintenance

Things that you should be doing to extend the life of your car include:

  • checking and changing the engine oil and oil filters
  • checking and changing fuel filters
  • inspecting  windshield wipers and replacing when necessary
  • checking and refilling windshield washer fluid
  • inspect tires for pressure and wear
  • Tire balancing
  • Tire rotation
  • Wheel alignment
  • check, clean or replace battery terminals and top up battery fluid
  • inspect or replace brake pads
  • check or flush brake fluid
  • check or flush transmission fluid
  • check or flush power steering fluid
  • check and flush engine coolant
  • inspect or replace spark plugs
  • inspect or replace air filter
  • inspect or replace timing belt and other belts
  • lubricate locks, latches, hinges
  • check all lights
  • tighten chassis nuts and bolts
  • check if rubber boots are cracked and need replacement
  • test electronics, e.g., Anti-lock braking system or ABS
  • read fault codes from the Engine control unit

…and last but not least, wash your car regularly.

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