Maintaining Your Vehicle
Check your oil on a regular basis. Typically, oil should be changed anywhere between 3-10k miles. Check your owner’s manual for more information.
Many new vehicles have coolant that lasts up to five years or 150,000 miles. Check your owner’s manual for more information.
Newer batteries tend to last several years, depending on weather conditions. Ensure that cable connections are tight and free of corrosion.
Check tire air pressure at least once a month and keep a tire gauge inside your car. Rotate tires every 6-8k miles to ensure even tread wear. Replace your tires when the tread is between 2/32 and 4/32.
Roadside Assistance Kits
These kits can be purchased at any auto parts store and typically contain an air compressor, pliers, screwdrivers, flashlight, safety triangles, jumper cables, fuses etc.
Item When to Check What to Check
Lights Weekly Dirty lens, burned-out bulbs, alignment
Windows Daily Cracks, scratches, dirt, pits
Tires Weekly Air pressure, cuts, tread wear, Include spare tire
Brakes Daily Pedal pressure/travel, smooth/straight stops
Steering Daily Steering wheel play, stiffness in steering
Suspension Annually Excessive bouncing, leaning, swaying
Exhaust Daily Noise, fumes, leaks
Wipers Monthly Wiper-blade condition, washer fluid
Under the hood Weekly Fluids, hoses, belts, filters, connections
Author Rich Heinrich,
Master Instructor, Emeritus