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Car Maintenance Checklist

As you know, cars are expensive. Therefore, it's important to make sure your vehicle is always up to date and in a good working condition. To accomplish this goal, you can try pursuing the actions that are listed below.

Monthly (Self Check-up)

  • Tire Pressure: tire pressure may change depending on weather, but whatever the weather is, the pressure in all 4 tires should be roughly the same.
  • Tire Wear: look for things like uneven tread wear, thin spots or bulges. If you do fine them, get them fixed right away.
  • Antifreeze: aka coolant; you should check the level, and add more if it’s too low.

Every 3 Months

  • Oil Change: sure, this is not some emergency NEED, but if you don’t do it, your engine will wear down a lot faster.
  • Batteries: are the cables corroded? If they are, please clean them.
  • Brake Fluid, Steering Fluid, Transmission Fluid, and Windshield Washer Fluid: add to it if the level is too low.

Every 6 Months

  • Brakes: does your car still stop immediately after you step on the brake pedal? If you feel that it’s slipping, you should get it fixed immediately.
  • Brake Lights, Headlights, and Blinkers: do they work properly?
  • Wiper Blades: do your wipers still motion properly? Can they still wipe your windshield clean? If not, you should consider replacing them.
  • Horn: does it honk properly? You shouldn’t be using this too much, but you should still give it a check, just in case.
  • Spare Tire: is it still there? Did you replace it if you’ve used it? Did it go flat?

Yearly

  • Tune-Up: going through the car, system by system to make sure each one is working properly will save you money in the long run.
  • Tire Rotation: rotate your tires around to balance out the wear.

Every 5 Years

  • Battery: if you have yet to change it, you should definitely get a new battery by now.
  • Air Conditioning: while even the best air conditioners work for a long time, they still need to be re-done occasionally.
  • Radiators: this is an important part to keeping the car cool; it does need a thorough check and occasional replacing.

Too Complicated?

After going through the list, perhaps you’re thinking it’s too complicated to do-it-yourself? Don’t worry, whenever you get your 5,000 mile check-up, the mechanics will do most of the items on the checklist for you! If they miss any, you can always ask them to go back over the car and check something specific! Either way, you should regularly maintain/check your car to keep it healthy, and most importantly, to keep yourself and your passengers safe! Happy driving!



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