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Must-Have Auto Maintenance Checklist

Schedules can be pretty jam-packed especially if you are working. There are already so many things running in your head that keeping a tab of what to check in your car takes a backseat in your priorities. 

Caring and maintaining your car can be easy. We are here to help you remove the stress and have a more worry-free process of checking and inspecting your car. For that, we give you a maintenance checklist you can use to make sure everything in your car is working as it should be. Here it is:

Oil and Filter Change and Lube

  • Perform this for every 3,000 miles or every three months
  • Check if your car requires lube or it is one that is lubed for life
  • Lubricate steering and suspension components

Belt and Hoses

  • Check at every oil change
  • Change if worn, crack, leaking, rusted, brittle, or swollen 
  • Check tension and condition of V-belts and serpentine belts
  • Change if frayed, glazed, worn, or cracked

Engine Air Filter

  • Check at every oil change
  • Replace every year or when contaminations signs show

Cabin Filter

  • Change every year or if dirty or clogged

Differential, Manual Transmission and Transfer Case (if available)

  • Check at every oil change
  • Replace once in 4 years or after 50,000 miles

Windshield Washer Fluid

  • Check every month and use only washer fluid to fill it up

Fuel Filter

  • Change the filter once in 2 years or every after 24,000 miles

Automatic Transmission Fluid

  • Change after 2 years or every after 24,000 miles

Power Steering Fluid

  • Change after  2 years or every after 24,000 miles

Coolant

  • Change after  2 years or every after 24,000 miles
  • Maintain approved levels by checking mixture if low

Battery and Cables

  • Test and change battery every three years if needed
  • Inspect the connection of the better and check if mounted securely during change oil 

Timing Belt

  • Check when 60,00 and 90,000 miles is reached

Tune-Up

  • Check manufacturer’s recommended intervals for oxygen sensor replacement
  • Change spark plug between 30,000 and 100,000 miles

Brake Service

  • Annually inspect the whole brake system
  • Every 2 years or 24,000 miles, change the brake fluid

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