Frequent Checking and Maintenance
Your car’s battery, engine oil, air filter, tires, windshield wipers and its fluid, and coolant should be checked frequently. If any of these are not maintained properly, they can pose different types of risks on the road. The engine oil and coolant are particularly vital because oil lubricates the engine parts and the coolant keeps the engine cool. Consult your owner’s manual and change them as per your manufacturer’s recommendation.
After Every 3 Months or 3000 Miles
After every three months or 3,000 miles, it is crucial to check the car’s automatic transmission fluid (it usually doesn’t need a change up to 60,000 miles), battery, belts, dashboard indicator light, engine air filter, engine oil, exhaust, hoses, headlights, power steering fluid, tires and windshield washer fluid. You may need proper guidance to locate these parts, so read your car’s manual. If find issues, you should get your car inspected right away.
After Every 6 Months or 6000 Miles
Every 6 months or 6000 miles, you must check the chassis lubrication and windshield wipers as well as everything mentioned above. After six months, you might need a quick service from an efficient mobile mechanic because this is when your car’s mileage can start affecting its performance.
After Every 12 Months or 12,000 Miles
Every 12 months, you must check the brakes, cabin air filter, coolant (or antifreeze), engine air filter, steering and suspension and wheel alignment along with everything mentioned in the above schedules. After one year, you should go for full car servicing, if you have not done that before.
Apart from the aforementioned checking schedules, there are certain parts of your car which need to be maintained (not just checked) on a frequent basis because they are crucial contributors to your car’s functionality. These include:
- Spark Plugs – Worn out spark plugs must be replaced.
- Engine Oil – Your engine oil needs to be replaced after every 3,000 to 1,0000 miles (it depends on the oil you are using and is also mentioned in the car’s manual) to ensure smooth running.
- Cabin Air Filter – To make your car more comfortable, change cabin air filter at least once in three months.
- Tires – Your car tires should be rotated, balanced and aligned at least once a month for a pleasurable driving experience. Frequently check the air pressure of tires and inflate them to the recommended level.
- Battery – You must clean off any carbon buildup on your battery’s contacts at least once a month. It is also ideal to keep a jump starter in your car’s trunk in case your battery dies along the way.
While your car mechanic can perform all tasks when you visit them, you might not be able to visit them according to your maintenance schedule. If you are a woman who knows little about cars, the DIY tasks might be a little hard to follow. This is why women with no technical skills should attend auto workshops to learn the basics of car maintenance. These basic skills can be handy in emergency situations like changing a flat tire and jump start the engine.
You must maintain your vehicle well and get things fixed when necessary, otherwise your car can break down at any moment. In case it happens, check this guide.