Performing Routine Car Maintenance

Routine Maintenance

Anyone who’s ever worked on cars or spent a ton of money getting their car repaired will tell you: Don’t ignore preventive 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.

Be Sure to Read Your Owner’s Manual – Pay attention to your owner’s manual. Regardless of the vehicle you drive, your regular maintenance schedule is inside it, and you’ll never fall for old car myths like, “You should change your oil every 3,000 miles,” (unless of course, your manual says you should, and odds are it doesn’t). You will, however, discover how often your manufacturer really does suggest you change your oil (it can vary widely by vehicle), your filters, any drive or timing belts in your vehicle, and more. You’ll even find out whether you’re putting the right gas in your vehicle or whether you’re using the right kind of oil in the first place. The following guidelines are the approximate intervals many car manufacturers suggest for services to be performed.

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