MAINTENANCE

While you're perusing your owner's manual, you'll find two different maintenance schedules, labeled as "regular" and "severe." You may not think of your daily driving routine as "severe," but your car feels otherwise if you regularly experience:

  • Stop-and-go traffic or idling

  • Short commutes of five miles or less

  • Heavier loads, including cargo, passenger, or towing

  • Rough or mountainous roads

  • Dusty or salty environments

  • Extremely hot or below-freezing weather or a high humidity climate
     

If your vehicle frequently faces any of these conditions, consider switching to the severe maintenance schedule. The added cost of more frequent oil and transmission fluid changes will be offset with fewer breakdowns and serious repairs.

As a rule of thumb though, you can use this general car maintenance checklist to guide you.

**Please note that all car schedules are different, so check your owner's manual for your specific car maintenance schedule**

        Check every 3 months
        or every 6000 miles

  • Automatic transmission fluid

  • Battery and cables

  • Belts

  • Chassis lubrication

  • Check engine light (is it on?)

  • Polish

  • Engine air filter

  • Engine oil and filter

  • Exhaust

  • Fuel filter

  • Hoses

  • Lights

  • Power steering fluid

  • Tire inflation, tread, and general condition

  • Windshield washer fluid

  • Wiper blades

        Check every 6 months
        or every 9000 miles
  • Automatic transmission fluid

  • Battery and cables

  • Belts

  • Check engine light (is it on?)

  • Engine air filter

  • Engine oil and filter

  • Exhaust

  • Fuel Filter

  • Hoses

  • Lights

  • Power steering fluid

  • Tire inflation, tread, and general condition

  • Windshield washer fluid

        Check every 12 months
        or every 12,000 miles