As a licensed driver, it is your responsibility to ensure your car is running smoothly and, more importantly, safely. Too many car owners neglect the maintenance of their vehicles, and it costs them big time.
By sticking to a routine maintenance schedule, you can prevent breakdowns, extend the life of your automobile, maximize fuel efficiency, and improve safety. Your owner’s manual will list out maintenance requirements specific for your make and model, but here is a general guideline to get you started:
Every 1 Month or 1,000 Miles
- Monitor dashboard indicator lights.
- Inspect tires for damage and check pressure.
- Check windshield wiper fluid.
Every 3 Months or 3,000 Miles
- Change oil and oil filter.
- Check belts for looseness or signs of damage. Replace as necessary.
- Make sure battery is securely mounted, and clean any corrosion.
- Inspect exhaust for leaks or broken supports.
- Check transmission and power steering fluids.
Every 6 Months or 6,000 Miles
- Chassis lubrication (if required, check owner’s manual).
- Replace wiper blades.
- Examine spark plugs, replace if damaged.
Every 12 Months or 12,000 Miles
- Replace engine air filter.
- Replace cabin air filter.
- Examine brakes and replace as necessary.
- Change engine coolant.
- Inspect steering and suspension systems.
- Have your tires rotated, balanced, and aligned.
This basic maintenance schedule is a good starting point for most cars. For instructions specific to your make and model, refer to your owner’s manual or the Firestone Complete Auto Care Maintenance Schedule.
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