Every driver knows the importance and frequency of their regular oil changes, but there's more to car maintenance than motor oil. Car owners are responsible for performing routine maintenance to ensure their car runs smoothly and to prevent costly repairs. Most of the time, your vehicle's manufacturer will have a maintenance schedule with recommended intervals or timeframes to get these maintenance services done. Below is a quick guide on what kind of auto maintenance services you may need and how frequently your car may need them.
Once a month, it would be best to monitor your fluid levels and top off any if necessary. Furthermore, it would be best if you gave your air filter a glance to look for signs of wear and tear. Last but not least, you should measure your tire pressure and test tread depth to ensure your tires are safe to drive on the road.
Every Few Months
Though the exact timeframe could vary depending on your car's make/model and the motor oil it takes, you typically need an oil change every several months. You should change the oil filter with it as well. Feel free to ask your technician to inspect your belts and hoses too.
Every Six Months
Most cars require a tire rotation and/or wheel balance every six months so that the tire can wear evenly. Inspect the brakes at the same time. Give your car a good wash and wax to keep it looking nice and stave off rust.
At a minimum, you should have your windshield wipers replaced a year or once they aren't effective at clearing off your windshield anymore. Also, you should check the battery once a year to ensure it's still holding a proper charge. You should have your car's A/C checked in the spring and vice versa with your heater in the fall or winter.
As long as you take good care of your car, it will take care of you. If you suspect your vehicle may be due for maintenance soon, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Kwik Kar Auto Repair today!