Providing your car with routine maintenance is a practical way to ensure you keep things running smoothly for the life of your car. Some services are required more often than others. If you’re uncertain when to have your car serviced, a few guidelines have been established to help you set up a maintenance schedule.
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3,000 to 7,000 Miles
Having an oil and filter change should be at the top of your maintenance to-do list. Checking transmission fluid, power steering fluid, coolant levels, wiper blades and washer fluid should be done at this time. A walk around inspection of your tires and exterior lights should be performed after you have your fluid levels checked.
15,000 to 30,000 Miles
Replace your air filter after every 15,000 miles you drive. Review your battery and coolant levels after every 20,000 miles. For your scheduled 25,000 mile maintenance, your fuel filter needs to be replaced. At 30,000 miles you should change your power steering fluid, inspect your air conditioning system, brake pads and hoses.
35,000 to 50,000 Miles
You may need to replace your battery around every 35,000 miles. You should replace the spark plugs and its wires, inspect your ignition system and check your suspension components after every 40,000 miles. These are all reviews that are important to repeat again after 45,000 and 50,000 miles of driving.
Required maintenance at 60,000 consists of changing your brake pads and brake fluid. If a visual inspection shows deterioration, replace your radiator hose as well. Other things you need to pay special attention to during this checkup are coolant, the timing belt and the power steering fluid. Do another check on your suspension, tires and air conditioning to ensure they aren’t in need of additional service.
The importance of routine oil changes at regular intervals cannot be overstressed. It is the single most important part of keeping your car in good condition. Use the rest of the information above as general guidelines as to when repairs should be made on your car or truck.