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What Does a Routine Auto Maintenance Schedule Look Like?

To avoid expensive repairs and keep your vehicle performing at peak capacity, routine maintenance is a must. Though you should always refer to your owner’s manual, here’s what most manufacturers recommend replacing and when they suggest you do it.

3,000-7,000 Miles

Most manufacturers recommend replacing oil and filters at this interval. In addition, transmission fluid level should be inspected along with power steering fluid, coolant, wiper fluid, windshield wipers, exterior lights, and tires.

15,000 – 30,000 Miles

Every 15,000 miles driven means you need a new air filter; inspect the battery and coolant every 20,000 miles. Most manufacturers suggest replacing the fuel filter at 25, 000 miles, and at 30,000, the air filter and power steering fluid need a reboot. At this stage, it also helps to have radiator hoses, coolant, HVAC system, suspension components and brake pads inspected.

35,000 – 50,000 Miles

Every 35,000 miles, the battery should be examined and replaced, as needed. Spark plugs and spark plug wires should be replaced every 40,000 miles, along with a complete ignition system and suspension inspection. At 45,000 and 50,000 miles, these checks should be repeated.

Every 60,000 Miles

Hitting this milestone means brake pads, brake fluid, coolant, radiator hoses, timing belt, and power steering fluid should be replaced. Suspension components, tires, and the HVAC system should be inspected, and parts replaced as needed.

100,000 Miles

At 100,00 Miles, your car’s efficiency can suffer, which is why several steps need to be taken to ensure safe, effective driving at this stage.

Performing a complete overhaul of engine fluids–oil, coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid–helps avoid expensive repairs and prevents buildup. Belts also need close watch at this point, since many can develop cracks, stripping, marring, missing ribbing, or uneven wear.

At 100,000 miles, most vehicles’ timing belts need replacement to avoid costly repairs caused by a faulty one (especially if you live in a place with extreme hot or cold weather). While you’re at it, having the water pump replaced helps at this stage, as well. And don’t forget about brakes and tires, since these vital parts tend to break down with increased mileage.

Regardless of these guidelines, other precautions should be taken to make sure your vehicle functions properly. For example, consistently checking air filters and replacing oil are vital steps to maintaining the engine, and inspecting the transmission, cooling, brakes and suspension components should always be a high priority.

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