Your vehicle is an expensive purchase and one you want to last to get your money’s worth. You also want your vehicle to be reliable and get you from point A to point B without trouble. Taking care of your car can extend its life and maintain its dependability.
As a car owner, you are responsible for your vehicle’s maintenance. Several of these routine services keep your automobile running better and longer. Check out which services you should do every three, six, nine, and 12 months.
Your car is a complicated machine with many systems that require maintenance. A small problem in one component can cause bigger problems in other systems.
Routine car maintenance can prevent you from having to pay for expensive repairs later. For example, a clogged filter can cause damage to your engine and other performance systems. While a new filter is inexpensive, the harm an obstruction can cause could cost hundreds to thousands.
Time and distance determine the timing of routine maintenance. U.S. drivers average 1,000 each month. So, you need to do the three-month services more frequently if you drive a lot.
An oil change is one of the most important services for the health of your vehicle. Oil lubricates parts in your engine to help it run efficiently by reducing friction.
Regular oil changes:
- Improve your car’s gas mileage.
- Keep your engine clean.
- Protects engine parts.
- Makes your engine live longer.
- Improves engine performance.
If you live in an area where you need to do emission testing, routine oil changes will decrease the amount of hydrocarbons in your engine’s crankcase. Too many hydrocarbons in your exhaust can mean failing your emissions test.
What other services should you do every three months? In addition to an oil change, you should consider doing the following services.
- Refill automatic transmission, power steering, and wiper fluid levels
- Check all lights
- Check tire pressure, tread and wear
- Check all belts and hoses
- Check the exhaust system
- Check the battery’s water levels
You should replace anything damaged or worn. Find out what services you need to do every six months.