Regular Periodic Auto Maintenance


It’s important to maintain your car, whether new, still under warranty, or a car that’s a bit older. Most people would rather complete the required factory recommended maintenance items without high dealer prices. There is a myth perpetuated by the car dealers that new cars must be serviced at the dealership during the factory warranty period, which is not true.

The following guidelines are the approximate intervals many car manufacturers suggest for services to be performed. However, always refer to your owner’s manual, or auto repair professional for details and intervals required.

Every 3,000 to 7,000 Miles
Your oil and oil filter should be replaced according to the manufacturer’s recommended auto maintenance schedule. A majority of today’s vehicles suggest the oil and oil filter be replaced between 3,000 and 7,000 miles (consult your manual). The transmission fluid level, coolant, power steering fluid, windshield washer fluid and wipers, tires and all exterior lights are often checked at this interval as well.

Every 15,000 to 30,000 Miles
Many air filters are recommended to be replaced at 15,000 miles. Every 20,000 miles the battery and coolant should be inspected. Many 25,000-mile maintenance service requires replacing the fuel filter. Every 30,000 miles, replace the air filter again and the power steering fluid. Have your car repair shop inspect your coolant, radiator hoses, HVAC system, brake pads and all suspension components.

Every 35,000 to 50,000 Miles
Your local auto repair shop might inspect your battery every 35,000 miles, and recommend service or replacement if necessary. Every 40,000 miles many cars need the spark plugs and spark plug wires inspected along with the ignition system and suspension.

Every 60,000 Miles
As your car gets higher mileage, other parts begin to reach the limit of their service – such as tires and brake pads. Have your repair shop inspect and replace your brake pads and brake fluid, radiator hoses, coolant, power steering fluid and timing belt. They can also inspect your HVAC, suspension components and tires. Oil changes and air filters are very important parts of engine maintenance; however, a thorough inspection of all engine, transmission, cooling, brakes and suspension components should be performed regularly.

Your owner’s manual provides a routine auto maintenance schedule based on engine mileage for most cars. If your vehicle is due for regular maintenance, take it to Escondido Auto Tech. Schedule an appointment today at Escondido Auto Tech by calling us at (760)745-4454.