At the time you have your oil changed, you should also have your mechanic follow the guidelines for the intervals your car manufacturer suggests for the other fluids.
Get in the habit of referring to your owner’s manual to familiarize yourself with your car’s proper fluids care. Your oil is the most critical fluid to maintain. You should follow the manufacturers guidelines for oil and filter replacement. Eventually, if the oil isn’t changed in a timely matter, oil can stop lubricating moving parts altogether, leading the engine to seize or lock up. Beyond preventing the possibility of making an engine useless, regular oil changes ensure proper lubrication that helps the engine run at optimum efficiency, minimizing fuel consumption and ensuring longevity.
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.
In many cars, every 20,000 miles the battery and coolant should be inspected. Every 30,000 miles, replace the air filter again and the power steering fluid. At the same time have your mechanic inspect your coolant, radiator hoses, brake fluid and inspect differential fluids (some cars). Here are the five most common fluids for auto upkeep:
If your vehicle is due for an oil change, schedule an appointment at Escondido Auto Tech at (760) 745-4454 or online at eatauto.com.