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You're familiar with the old 3,000 vs. 5,000 miles oil change debate. And when your headlights dim, you change them out right away. But do you know how often you should flush your vehicle's transmission fluids or check the radiator belts and hoses?

If you answered, "Sure, when something goes wrong," you aren't alone. One way to keep it all straight is to follow a basic car maintenance schedule. You'll find one in your owner's manual or you can create a customized car maintenance list through the non-profit Car Care Council.


BASIC CAR MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
CHECK MONTHLY
Check engine light (is it on?)
Cleaning interior and exterior
Lights
Tire inflation, tread, and general condition
Windshield washer fluid

CHECK EVERY 3 MONTHS/3,000 MILES
  • Automatic transmission fluid
  • Battery and cables
  • Belts
  • Check engine light (is it on?)
  • Engine oil and filter
  • Exhaust
  • Fuel filter
  • Hoses
  • Lights
  • Power steering fluid
  • Tire inflation, tread, and general condition
  • Windshield washer fluid

CHECK EVERY 6 MONTHS/6,000 MILES
  • Automatic transmission fluid
  • Battery and cables
  • Belts
  • Chassis lubrication
  • Check engine light (is it on?)
  • Polish
  • Engine air filter
  • Engine oil and filter
  • Exhaust
  • Fuel filter
  • Hoses
  • Lights
  • Power steering fluid
  • Tire inflation, tread, and general condition
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Wiper blades

CHECK EVERY 9 MONTHS/9,000 MILES
  • Automatic transmission fluid
  • Battery and cables
  • Belts
  • Check engine light (is it on?)
  • Engine air filter
  • Engine oil and filter
  • Exhaust
  • Fuel Filter
  • Hoses
  • Lights
  • Power steering fluid
  • Tire inflation, tread, and general condition
  • Windshield washer fluid

CHECK EVERY 12 MONTHS/12,000 MILES
  • Automatic transmission fluid
  • Battery and cables
  • Belts
  • Brakes
  • Cabin air filter
  • Check engine light (is it on?)
  • Polish
  • Coolant (Antifreeze)
  • Engine air filter
  • Engine oil and filter
  • Exhaust
  • Fuel filter
  • Hoses
  • Lights
  • Power steering fluid
  • Steering and suspension
  • Tire inflation, tread, and general condition
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Wiper blades

Now that you know what needs to happen and when, don't forget to record all your hard work in a vehicle maintenance log. Use any of the smartphone apps out there or an old school notebook that you keep tucked away in your glove box. Either way, keeping track of basic maintenance and repairs will give you a clearer picture of your vehicle's overall health.

Source: AdvancedAutoParts.com (June 20, 2018)