Take care of your car, so that it takes care of you. A well-maintained car enables you to reach your destination safely without any fuss every single time. Save money by keeping a proper maintenance schedule.
Before you start scheduling car maintenance appointments, it is best to refer to the owner’s manual. The manufacturer recommends when services need to be performed. The car maintenance schedule also depends on the kind of driving you do.
Check Regularly/Every Month
Check the dashboard or indicator lights each time you drive. Make this a habit. If you see the first sign of an issue, it is time to schedule maintenance with your dealer.
Check blinkers, taillights and exterior headlights each time you drive in dim conditions. Check tires each month for tread wear and proper inflation. Remember to check the spare tire too.
Check After Driving 3,000 Miles or Every Three Months
Check basic fluid levels. This includes the automatic transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid.
Lift the hood and look at the batteries, belts, and hoses. If you see any visible deterioration, schedule an inspection with the dealer. Replace car batteries every three to five years. Belts and hoses tend to last longer.
Check After Driving 6,000 Miles or Every Six Months
Rotate tires after 5,000 – 7,000 miles. It is advisable to get them rotated at the end of winter and again at the end of summer. Check tire alignment too. Inspect chassis, wiper blade, and lubrication too.
Check After Driving 12,000 Miles or Every Year
Inspect brakes every year. Brakes tend to work hard in slippery and snow conditions and it is best to schedule an inspection at the start of spring. Get the coolant system inspected to prevent it from heating during summers.
The car maintenance and care calendar will vary for each model and make of car. It also depends on your driving style and driving conditions.