Many people assume that you need to hit the garage just when there is a problem with your car. Well, that might be the case with the body kits and exterior. For the engine, you need to maintain a regular servicing schedule depending on the mileage. If you are not sure what to do, when, this guide will help you out.
3,000 to 7,000 Miles
This is the most frequent maintenance schedule and perhaps the most important. Depending on the recommendations of the car manufacturer, you need to change your oil and oil filter after 3,000 to 7,000 miles. In addition to the oil change, carefully inspect the power steering fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, wipers, windshield washer fluid, and exterior lights just in case any of them needs attention.
15,000 to 30,000 Miles
After 15,000 miles to 30,000 miles, focus your attention on the battery. It may need recharging, especially if you run a heavy infotainment system. Also, consider replacing the fuel filter as debris might now be blocking the cartridges. Check the power steering fluid and add more fluid if necessary. Other areas that may need inspection at this juncture is the cooling system, HVAC system, braking system, and suspension. Service or replace the parts as required.
35,000 to 50,000 Miles
After 35,0000, your battery will have started to show signs of slowing down, so consider replacing it with a new one for optimal performance and quick start even in cold weather. After 40,000 miles, the spark plugs should also be replaced even if they don’t have any signs of wear. Once you get to the 45,000 miles and 50,000 miles mark, consider checking the suspension system and braking again, in case they were fine at the 30,000 miles mark.
Every 60,000 Miles
At 60,000 miles, you should replace the brake pads, suspension components, tires, radiator hoses, timing belt, and other crucial parts as advised by your mechanic. This should be a major and intensive service, and even though it will set you back quite a lot, it is a worthy undertaking if you want a long service.
There you have it, folks, a guide to maintaining your car on a mileage schedule. While many motorists ignore the other inspections and check-ups, they are really important for the longevity of your vehicle and efficiency. You don’t want to be stuck on the highway because of a worn-out timing belt. It is also about safety as driving with worn-out brake pads and tires is a hazard to you, your passengers and other motorists.