Car Maintenance Check List

How do you treat your car? Does it go to the doctor as regularly as you do — for oil changes, tune-ups, and inspections? Or are you running on a tire and a prayer — hoping to God the thing doesn’t die on you in the middle of a long trip? Get organized and get on a regular maintenance schedule!

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Check Each Month

  • oil level — add oil if low and check for leaks
  • hoses — replace if bulging, rotten, or brittle
  • belts — replace if worn, frayed, or glazed
  • tire pressure — add air if low
  • coolant or antifreeze — add more if low
  • air filter — replace if dirty
  • inspect tires for leaks, damage, bulges, or uneven wear

Check Every 3 Months

  • oil and oil filter — change every 3,000 miles
  • windshield washer fluid — add fluid if low
  • battery and power steering fluid — add fluid if low
  • brake fluid — add fluid if low
  • transmission fluid — add fluid if low
  • battery terminals and cables — clean if corroded

Check Every 6 Months

  • wiper blades — replace if worn, brittle, or smeary
  • make sure headlights, brake lights, and turn signals work
  • make sure horn works properly
  • inspect brakes for wear and tear or “slippage”
  • make sure spare tire is fully inflated
  • inspect exhaust system for rust, damage, or loose parts
  • inspect shock absorbers for oil seepage or wear

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