How Can Preventative Maintenance Help?
As a vehicle owner, preventive maintenance is the single most important thing you can do. Preventative maintenance keeps your vehicle in good working order to avoid problems that may lead to roadside breakdowns. Preventative maintenance ensure that your vehicle’s major mechanical systems are functioning properly and efficiently. Your vehicle is a major investment and you want to make sure it lasts as long as possible. Keeping up with your vehicle’s maintenance regularly reduces the likelihood of problems and prolongs the life of your vehicle.
Your engine is made up of hundreds of complex parts that work together to ensure that your vehicle starts and runs properly. Over time your vehicles components can wear out, which can result in a loss of vehicle performance and fuel economy. Maintaining these parts will help the engine to last longer and work more efficiently.
By doing preventative maintenance to your vehicle now, you could save yourself thousands of dollars later on costly repairs. Refer to your vehicle’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommended schedule to keep your vehicle in good working order. Although it may seem like a hassle to schedule checkups, replacements, and other automotive services – being proactive will payoff in extending the life of your vehicle.
The following Auto Care Preventative Maintenance Checklist is generic for all vehicles. It’s always recommended that you check your vehicle’s operational manual for the manufacturer’s recommended schedule.
Recommended Auto Maintenance Checklist:
Oil and Filter change and lube
- Should be done every 3,000 miles or three months
- Many newer cars are lubed for life, many other vehicles may still require this service
- Steering and suspension components may require lubrication
Belts and Hoses
- Inspect at each oil change
- Replace if worn, leaking, brittle, crack, rusted or swollen
- Check V-belts and serpentine belts for tension and condition
- Replace belts if cracked, frayed, glazed or worn
Engine Air Filter
- Inspect every oil change
- Replace annually or when showing signs of contamination
- Replace annually or when dirty and clogged
Differential, Manual Transmission and Transfer Case (if equipped)
- Check fluids at each oil change
- Replace every 4 years/50,000 miles
Windshield Washer Fluid
- Check monthly and fill with washer fluid only
- Replace filter every 2 years/24,000 miles
Automatic Transmission Fluid
- 2 years or 24,000 miles
Power Steering Fluid
- Replace fluid every 2 years or 24,000 miles
- Change every 2 years/24,000 miles
- If low, check mixture to maintain approved levels
Battery and Cables
- Every three years battery should be tested and replaced if necessary
- Check battery connection and make sure it is securely mounted every oil change
- Usually between 60,000 and 90,000 miles (check vehicle recommended replacement interval)
- Replace oxygen sensor at manufacturer’s recommended intervals
- Spark plug replacement rage between 30,000 and 100,000 miles
- Check entire brake system yearly
- Replace brake fluid every 2 years/24,000 miles