Making sure that your car is properly running is one of the most important things you can do for your vehicle with scheduled maintenance. Not only will this help keep your car running smoothly, but it will assist in keeping you and your passengers safe. Some parts of your car should be checked frequently while others can be checked every few thousand miles or per your manufacturer’s guidelines.
One of the easiest and quickest checks you can do for your car is inspect your tires. Your tires should be checked frequently, and this can be done by looking at each of your tires closely. To see if your tires have any noticeable punctures or objects lodged in them that are causing or may lead to leaks. You should also check to make sure the tire treads are wearing evenly since uneven wear on your tires may be caused by a problem with your alignment.
Some other checks on your car that should be performed frequently are ensuring you have enough windshield washer fluid, checking your oil level, and verifying all of your lights, including your brake lights, function properly.
Should Be Checked On A Regular Basis
While not needing to be done as frequently, there are several parts of your car that should still be checked on a regular basis, approximately every 3 months or every 3,000 miles. One of the parts you should have checked regularly is your engine air filter. The engine air filter keeps dirt, debris, and other items from entering your car’s engine and causing problems. Also your car’s battery and cables, hoses, belts, exhaust, and automatic transmission fluid should be checked approximately every 3,000 miles or every 3 months as well.
Approximately every 6 months or every 6,000 miles remember to have your wiper blades checked, so you are not driving with a smeary or streaky windshield. You should also have your chassis lubrication and your power steering checked at these intervals.
Last, but not least, for the regularly scheduled maintenance for your vehicle are the systems and components that should be checked every 12 months or every 12,000 miles. Your steering system, including your steering and suspension, and the power steering fluid should be checked every year. Ensuring that you can properly and safely navigate your car on the road by having these parts reviewed by a service professional is key to keeping you and your passengers safe. Additionally, you vehicle’s coolant (antifreeze) level and the wheel alignment should be checked on an annual basis too.
From wheel alignments to suspension, make sure that you are keeping your car in good working order at all times through regularly scheduled maintenance. And remember, whenever that “Check Engine” light comes on be sure to bring your car in, so we can help you identify the issue.