March 24, 2015
Car Care Schedule – How Often to Do the Common Car Maintenance Items
In order for your car to function at its peak efficiency, there are a variety of different things that should be maintained on a regular basis. Maintenance of this type is usually rather easy to complete, and doesn’t take too much time or money out of your wallet. This type of maintenance includes processes such as checking your tire pressure, checking your fluids, checking/changing your oil, checking belts and hoses inside your engine, and -maintaining your tires. For those of you who are not completely car-savvy, this article will give you an idea of the ideal car care schedule, and help you to plan out a maintenance schedule to follow.
General Service Schedules
It is important to note that the type of vehicle you currently own, the model, and the year of your vehicle all factor into the time that you can go without having to maintain your vehicle. The following is a general schedule for maintenance services that you can either complete yourself, or have your local mechanic complete for you.
Dashboard Indicator Lights, Lights Inside the Cab, Tire Pressure, Engine Oil Level, and Washer Fluid.
Check Every 3 Months
Automatic Transmission Fluid, Battery and Cables, Belts, Dashboard Indicator Light On, Engine Air Filter, Engine Oil, Exhaust, Hoses, Lights, Power Steering Fluid, Tire Inflation and Condition, and Windshield Washer Fluid.
Check Every 6 Months
Chassis Lubrication, Engine Air Filter and Wiper Blades.
Check Every 9 Months
Power Steering Fluid, Cabin Air Filter, Coolant (Antifreeze), Engine Air Filter, Steering and Suspension, and Wheel Alignment.
It is important that you keep an eye on all of these on a regular basis during your car care schedule. Even if there is no need for repairs or replacements on any of the previously listed parts, it is still very important to keep an eye out for any potential problems. Many of these potential warning signs can be noticed easily, such as squealing sounds coming from the engine, a jerking feeling when pushing on the accelerator, and many different hazard lights that are located near your speedometer. If you are unable to complete any of the repairs needed for your vehicle, it is important to take it to your local mechanic in order to ensure that you do not have any type of breakdown, and to avoid the expense that repairs take out of your budget.
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