You buy a car after paying a good sum of your hard-earned money. If you don’t take proper care of your vehicle, it will soon fail to function properly making you pay more for repairs. Routine car maintenance can ensure that you get high performance from your vehicle for longer period. Have you scheduled for the maintenance that can be done by any dealerships or you want to take the car to independent auto repair shops? Hardly matters, what is important is keeping a history of the servicing can help to improve the resale value of the car. You can get the information of the scheduled maintenance from the guide that the manufacturer provides along with the vehicle.
Schedule For Vehicle Maintenance To Be Followed
Manufacturer provides guide for car maintenance that are basically 30-60-90 form. This means the car needs inspection, repair, and replacement every 30,000, 60,000 and 90,000 miles it has traveled. All the parts that are to be checked and serviced are very important for the overall performance of the car and safety of the people on road.
- Check Before 30,000 Miles: Some the parts of the car are inspected and replaced every three months or before 30,000 miles as a part of scheduled car maintenance. Air filters gets clogged with time, creating a dusty environment inside the car which makes it difficult to breathe. Replacing the air filters within 15,000 to 30,000 miles is a good idea. Fuel filter also gets clogged with time putting the performance of the engine at stake. Manufacturers provide different suggestions on fuel filter, but you can ask mechanic to perform pressure test to access the condition of fuel filter. Engine oil, exhaust, lights, hoses, battery and cables, automatic transmission fuel, belts, windshield, tire, and dashboard indication lights are some parts that fall into servicing for 30,000 miles.
- Check Before 60,000 Miles: Brakes are the most important part of a car that needs to be inspected at every schedule of car maintenance. Brake pads and shoes wears out, brake fluid turn into gas and rotors too wears out that needs to be replaced. Transmission fluid needs to be changed usually between 30,000 to 60,000 miles. Engine can overheat and get damaged if there is no or too much of coolants, so it needs to be changed at 60,000. The batteries and cables, belts, engine oil, air filter, chassis lubrication, dashboard indicator lights, lights, windshields, tire, exhaust, and hoses need to be checked and replaced as required.
- Check Before 90,000 Miles: As a part of the schedule for car maintenance under 90,000 miles, hoses are checked and replaced as these cracks with time. Spark plugs and other components of ignition system needs to check and replaced as needed. Power steering fluid needs to be replaced around 75,000 miles or when you find problems like difficult steering or noise during steering. Wiper blades, steering and suspension, wheel alignment, lights etc. are all checked and replaced as per requirement during this schedule.
Along with scheduled car maintenance, you need to try to make routine inspection yourself or with the help of your mechanic. You must read the owner’s manual provided with the car by the manufacturer. You will understand when and which parts need to be maintained. You can do your own inspection at regular interval to ensure that parts are working well. The most important thing to do is to check the oil and oil filter regularly and replace them as needed. Examine all the other fluids including brake fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, and washer fluid periodically. Tires are something that must be checked regularly. Check for the pressure, wheel balance, alignment etc. as you can. Inspect the belts and hoses, regularly. Other areas that needs maintenance are battery, spark plugs, etc.