1. Engine Oil & Filter Change:
Changing the engine oil and filter regularly is an important part of routine maintenance that should be done every 3000-5000 miles (or as recommended by the manufacturer). Doing so helps reduce wear on engine components, improve fuel economy, and keep the engine running smoothly.
2. Tire Pressure Check:
Checking tire pressure monthly can help ensure safe driving conditions and protect against breakdowns caused by under-inflated tires. It’s also essential for maximizing fuel efficiency.
3. Air Filter Replacement:
Replacing air filters every 12 months or 12,000 miles (whichever comes first) is necessary to prevent dirt and debris from entering the engine and causing damage or poor performance.
4. Coolant Flush & Replacement:
The coolant should be flushed and replaced at least once a year or every 24,000 miles (whichever comes first). This helps prevent the buildup of sludge in the engine and cooling system, which can cause overheating or engine damage.
5. Brake System Inspection:
Inspecting brakes should be done at least twice a year to ensure that they are functioning properly and safely. This includes checking for signs of wear, corrosion, or damage on the brake pads, rotors, discs, lines, and other components of the brake system.
6. Battery Maintenance:
Cleaning battery terminals and checking fluid levels every few months can help reduce the risk of unexpected battery failure. It is also important to check the connections and cables as part of routine maintenance.
7. Lights & Mirrors Check:
Replacing burnt-out bulbs, checking for cracks or damage in mirrors, and ensuring all lights are functioning properly should be done regularly to ensure safe driving conditions.
8. Fluids Check:
Checking fluid levels periodically (including engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and transmission fluid) can help prevent major repairs or breakdowns due to low fluids.
9. Belts & Hoses Inspection:
Hoses and belts should be inspected at least once a year for signs of wear or cracking that could cause leaks or other issues with the engine.
10. Fuel System Maintenance:
Cleaning the fuel system and replacing fuel filters can help improve performance and reduce emissions. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s recommended service intervals for this maintenance task.