Want to keep your car in great condition? Of course you do! And to do that, it’s important to get in the habit of keeping up with some routine car maintenance. Here’s a good schedule to follow based on your mileage.
Every 5,000 Miles
Most manufacturers recommend getting an oil change every 5,000 – 7,000 miles. Each time you get your oil changed, you should also get a new oil filter. Now is also a good time to have your other fluid levels checked and your tires rotated.
Every 15,000 – 20,000 Miles
Replace your air filter as frequently as your manual recommends. In many cases, this is around every 15,000-20,000 miles. At 25,000 miles, it’s a good idea to replace the fuel filter.
Every 40,000 – 60,000 Miles
Car batteries usually need replaced every 3-5 years, but sometimes last longer. In miles, supposing the average American drives around 13,500 miles per year, this can be 40,500 – 67,500 miles. You can use the same rough time frame to determine when you’ll need to replace your spark plugs, brake pads, timing belt and radiator hoses.
The most important routine maintenance to follow is your standard oil change. Many mechanics will take a quick look at the rest of your car to see that everything else is running smoothly. Using their recommendations, this guide and your owner’s manual, you’ll be able to determine what your car needs and when to stay healthy.