Routine Car Maintenance Schedule
Routine Car Maintenance ScheduleOne of the things that is mandatory when you own a car is to have it serviced when the time comes - we are referring to the routine maintenance of the vehicle of course. Below are some of the important services that you will need to have performed by an auto repair mechanic based on the mileage. Keep in mind that these are rough guidelines; more information can always be found in your owner’s manual.
3,000 - 7,000 Miles
The oil, along with the oil filter, should be replaced as per the instructions of the manufacturer and the car maintenance schedule. The vast majority recommend that the change be made between 3,000 and 7,000 miles. Another good idea is to have inspections of the transmission fluid level, windshield washer fluid and wipers, power steering fluid, coolant (antifreeze), and the tires. And do not forget about the lights that are on the exterior of the vehicle!
15,000 - 30,000 Miles
At 15,000, change the air filters; and every 20,000 miles check the condition of the battery and the coolant. Some, in fact most, 25,000-mile maintenance services may include the change of the fuel filter. Replace the steering fluid every 30,000 miles. Other items that are encouraged to be done are the following: inspecting the radiator hoses (and the coolant, as stated above); HVAC system; the components of the suspension; and the brake pads.
35,000 - 50,000 Miles
The battery of the car needs to be inspected at around 35,000 miles; a professional will be able to determine whether or not it needs to be replaced. Spark plugs, spark plug wires – they will need to be changed at about 40,000 miles. The ignition system and the suspension should be inspected as well - in fact, it is a high priority at this mileage. It is also a good idea to do it again when the vehicle hits 45,000/50,000 miles.
Take a look at the HVAC, or have it inspected at an auto repair shop, along with the tires and the suspension components. Some items will need to be replaced: timing belt; radiator hoses; coolant; power steering fluid; brake pads; brake fluid.
Take proper care of your vehicle so as to be able to get the most out of it for as long as possible, without experiencing headaches if it breaks down.