What is Preventative Maintenance?
Preventative Maintenance is regular maintenance of your vehicle that helps keep your automobile running efficiently and eliminating potential problems that may leave you stranded. Manufacturers know that a properly maintained car will be more dependable, safer, last longer, and increase your satisfaction with their product.
Preventative maintenance includes:
- Servicing Windshield Wipers
- Tune-up or servicing/replacing spark plugs, ignition wires, distributor cap and rotor.
- Replacing air filters
- Engine oil change
- Differential(s) gear oil change
- Trans-axle oil change
- Routine hose inspection
- Battery service
- Exterior drive belt replacement
- Servicing/replacing transmission oil and filter
- Timing belt replacement
- Brake fluid flush
- Power steering flush
- Antifreeze replacement/flush
- Rotate tires
- Inspect exhaust system for leaks
- Inspect brake linings brake rotor hydraulic lines callipers and wheel cylinders
- Replace cabin air filter
- Used car safety inspection
What Maintenance Should I be doing and when?
These are generic service recommendations based solely on time or mileage not on visual appearance or measurement. Their purpose is to extend the life of your vehicle and help prevent breakdown. Your vehicle’s requirements may differ depending on driving habits and/or owner’s manual recommendations. Check your owner’s manual and with your auto mechanic for specifics.
- OIL – LUBE – FILTER: 3,000 miles to 5,000 miles
- TIRE ROTATION: 3,000 to 5,000 Miles depending on tire style
- PCV VALVE: Yearly, replace and service PCV system
- WHOLE CAR DIAGNOSIS: Yearly and before purchase or sale
- FUEL FILTER: Yearly or as needed
- BATTERY SERVICE: Yearly or as needed
- AIR CONDITIONING: Check every spring or as needed
- RADIATOR COOLANT: Every two years, flush
- BRAKE SYSTEM FLUSH: Every year
- CLUTCH SYSTEM FLUSH: Every year
- RADIATOR CAP: Replace every two years
- ENGINE OIL FLUSH: 2 Years or 30,000 Miles
- AUTOMATIC TRANS FLUSH: 2 Years or 24,000 miles
- POWER STEERING FLUSH: 2 Years or 24,000 miles
- EGR SYSTEM SERVICE: 2 Years or 24,000 miles
- 4X4 TRANSFER CASE: 15,000 to 50,000 miles
- CARBON CLEANING: 2 Years or 30,000 miles or as needed
- THROTTLE-BODY SERVICE: 2 Years or 30,000 miles or as needed
- RADIATOR & HEATER HOSES: 4 Years or 60,000 miles
- DRIVE BELTS: 4 Years or 60,000 miles
- TIMING BELT: 4 Years or 60,000 miles
- DIFFERENTIAL FLUID: 15,000 to 50,000 miles
- MANUAL TRANS SERVICE: 15,000 to 50,000 miles
- VALVES: Adjust per owner’s manual
- SCAN FOR COMPUTER CODES: When Amber “CHECK ENGINE” Light is on
- OXYGEN SENSOR: Per owner’s manual or as needed
How do I know when my car needs a tune up?
How should I prepare my car for winter?
How should I prepare my car for a road trip?
Why do my brakes squeak? What is a Brake Job?
Why is my check engine light on?
What is the primary cause of tire damage?
Although there are many things that can cause tire damage, improper inflation is the main problem we see. Always keep a tire pressure gauge in your vehicle and frequently check the pressure of all tires.