*Courtesy of the Automotive Service Association
Recent studies by the Automotive Service Associate have given a number to the fatalities due to unperformed or neglected maintenance. This number currently sits at roughly 5%. By following a simple maintenance schedule, you can not only extend the life of the vehicle but create a safer environment for you and your passengers. Please make sure to consult the manual provided by your car manufacturer for your vehicle’s maintenance schedule.
- Oil and Filter should be changed regularly, usually every 3,000 miles (this may vary by manufacturer.)
- Important fluids such as brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, antifreeze, and windshield washer fluid, should be checked to ensure proper levels.
- Check to ensure your tires are properly inflated. Properly inflated tires improve your vehicle’s safety as well as improve your fuel efficiency.
- Ensure that your engine is tuned properly to have the best fuel efficiency.
- Vehicle chassis should be lubricated frequently to extend the life of moving components.
- Battery cables and posts should be cleaned of any corrosion, and battery fluid levels should be checked.
- Headlights, brake lights, taillights, and turn signlans should be checked frequently to ensure proper performance
- Windshield wiper blades should be checked for damage and replaced at least once per year.
- Engine belts should be inspected regularly to ensure there are no cracks or missing segments.
- Air filter should be checked every other oil change and replaced as needed.
Service Interval Schedule:
Vehicle System Component
Check Every 3,000 Miles
Automatic Transmission Fluid
Battery and Cables
Brakes and Brake Fluid
Cabin Air Filter
Check Engine Light On
Engine Air Filter
Engine Oil and Filter
Power Steering Fluid
Shock Absorbers and Struts
Tire Inflation and Condition
Windshield Washer Fluid
Regular oil and filter changes will keep your vehicle running longer than any other piece of maintenance.
Flush your cooling system and change your coolant once per year.
Transmission and differential oils should be changed according to the regular service intervals in the owner's manual.
Keep your vehicle clean, especially during Winter. Salt and road grime can stick to the underside of your vehicle and cause damage.
Applying high-quality wax can keep your paint protected. Wax should be applied at least every six months.
Brake fluid can attract moisture. Because of this brake fluid should be replaced once per year to keep parts from corroding.