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Basic Car Maintenance Checklist

Last Updated on November 4, 2022 by SogouAuto


Perform a visual inspection of your car once a month. This involves checking the engine oil level and condition, coolant level, brake fluid level, power steering fluid level, tire pressure and tread depth, and wiper blades. If any of these fluids are low, top them off. If the tire tread is shallow (less than 4/32 of an inch), it’s time to replace the tires. Wiper blades should be replaced every 6 months.


Have your car’s oil changed every 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) or as specified in your owner’s manual. Your mechanic will also check other fluids at this time and let you know if they need to be topped off or replaced.


Get your car’s engine air filter replaced every 12 months or 12,000 miles (20,000 kilometers). A dirty air filter can reduce fuel economy by up to 10%.

Inspect your car’s brakes at least once a year. Look for wear on the brake pads and brake rotors. If either looks worn, have them replaced by a qualified mechanic.

Check the belts and hoses in your engine compartment for cracks or leaks. Have any damaged belts or hoses replaced as soon as possible to avoid engine damage.

Clean the battery terminals with a wire brush at least once a year to prevent corrosion from building up and causing electrical problems.

Wash and wax your car regularly to protect the paint and prevent rust from forming.

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