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Why You Should Follow Your Car Maintenance Schedule

Maintenance Schedules

Taking care of your car is your responsibility. If you do it, then you’d also be taking care of yourself by lowering the risk of meeting an accident due to faulty vehicles. Taking care of your car means properly maintaining it. Although you know the basic car care, taking it to the auto shops for maintenance checks should still be done. Following your maintenance schedule will help figure out the problem as early as possible. 

Your Car Maintenance Schedule

How often you have your car checked and maintained can usually be found in the manual. Some people even consult online sources to determine which schedule fits them most. Car manufacturers know the vehicles and would give a suggested timeline as to when it needs to be maintained. 

The interval between maintenance checks and what services would be provided will depend on several factors like the car’s make and model, the mileage and the months it has already been driven. Usually, manufacturers suggest having the car maintained once it hits the 30,000, 60,000, and 90,000-mile marks. 

Although maintenance checks are still advised even if it hasn’t reached those marks, reaching those certain miles are significant and servicing is needed. For such marks, the following services are usually done:

  • Change the engine air filter
  • Change engine oil and replace the filter
  • Rotate the tires
  • Inspection of hoses as well as the cooling system
  • Inspection of the rotors, brake pads, and brake lines
  • Inspection of the steering linkage, boots, and gears
  • Inspection of the exhaust system

Factors That Affects Your Car Maintenance Schedule

The schedule of your car’s maintenance can depend on a variety of factors. Some cars will benefit well from more frequent visits because of how they are used. The factors that can affect that include the following:

  • Driving style of the driver/s – Are you the only one who drives the car? If you are, then you should know your driving style affects how often you need to take your car for maintenance checks. If you are the type that pumps the brakes on the road, then your car may be in need of more frequent maintenance checks.
  • The type of road you drive in – City dwellers who usually drive in a stop-and-go situation are in need of more frequent car maintenance. On the other hand, if you tend to drive on muddy, sandy or dusty roads, your car needs better care when driving through them. 
  • The climate your car is exposed in – Cars that are exposed to climates that are mostly below freezing or in the presence of heavy snow may also be in need of more frequent maintenance checks. 

Reasons To Stick To Your Car’s Maintenance Schedule

It can be difficult for some people to stick to their car’s maintenance schedule. Some don’t bring them in until they notice something is wrong. However, that isn’t good practice. Being consistent with car maintenance will yield some fruitful benefits such as the following:

Repair Costs Are Minimized

Just like your health, when it comes to cars, prevention is better than having it repaired. It is also more cost-effective and easier on the budget. If you tend to miss your maintenance schedules, you can expect to have some part of your car repaired or replaced in the near future. If unfortunately, that part of your car is the engine, then you can expect a very high cost. 

Car parts, such as the engine will last longer with regular maintenance. Maintenance helps it to function properly and efficiently while lengthening its life. Don’t make the mistake of taking your car’s maintenance foregranted because you wanted to save some money on the scheduled service it needs to receive. You’ll end up spending more with repairs and replacements.

Breakdowns Are Avoided

Proper care for the car through regular maintenance helps the various parts to function properly. This means there is a lesser risk of having a surprise breakdown. Unexpected breakdowns can be very dangerous too because they can cause an accident or collision. 

Take your tires for example. If you don’t regularly maintain them and check for proper air pressure, they can blowout and cause you to become unstable and difficult to control.

Prevent Degradation Of Your Car’s Value

Some people buy cars but don’t end up having them for the rest of their life. When a new model comes along, it can be tempting to get that new model. But what do you do with your old car? You sell it, of course. However, the value of your car will significantly degrade if you do not know how to properly care for it through maintenance checks. 

Most buyers will have the car inspected by their mechanic to see if they are getting a good deal. If there is a lot of repairs and replacements, the value of your car will certainly go down. Some buyers even request for the car’s maintenance records. A car that isn’t properly maintained and is less likely to be sold.

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Basic Car Care For Non-Mechanics

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It takes years to learn and understand how the mechanical systems function and integrate on all the different makes and models out there today.  Personally I learn on average 3 new things a day – things change that quick.  With all the new models and functionality coming out with each new release; it a full time job keeping up.

As a consumer, it just makes sense to hire a solid mechanic to service your vehicle at regular intervals. With that in mind it’s important you understand some basics of your car, SUV, or truck, but it’s even more important you get on a schedule for maintenance.

Here’s my quick thoughts on the subject…

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Broken Down Car On Highway

The 4 Most Common Reasons Your Car Won’t Start

Maintenance Schedules

If your like most people, your car is an integral part of your lives.  Basic things, like getting to their workplace on time and shuttling to the kids to their school, just to name a few.

Since we rely so heavily on our vehicles for daily living, your car not starting is, well…a non-starter!

I been blessed to be doing what I love for many years now, and while there may be a hundred reasons why your car won’t start, there are a few that bubble up to the top as the most common.

So while I may just write an article on the wackiest reasons for a dead car, in this week’s post, I’ll aim to highlight these most common of reasons…

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Basic Guide To Oil Change

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Oil is an essential part of car maintenance. It needs to be regularly checked and changed after some time or driving a particular number of kilometers. Oil change, although not very difficult to do, does require some basic skills and high level of carefulness. You can do that at home in a DIY style but that is not recommended as one loose bolt can result in some big problems.

There are many things to consider when changing the engine oil. In this article we will guide you through them….

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Car Maintenance Schedules

Let’s talk Car Maintenance Schedules

Maintenance Schedules

As a traveling mechanic in the Michigan for many years, I’ve seen my fair share of issues with cars and trucks that could have been easily prevented if the owner would have simply checked their oil on a regular basis.  Granted, for many, assessing an automobile’s innards is akin operating on a human patient with no medical training.  But take heart, even though computerized systems in cars are becoming increasingly complex, many of the parts in today’s cars have remained largely unchanged over the years.  Parts like Engine Air Filters are still used and still need to be replaced on a regular schedule – and no – there won’t be a day any time soon where a car’s engine oil doesn’t need to be changed periodically.

While every car is different (see disclaimer below), in this article we’ll take a generalized view on recommendations for Car Maintenance Schedules in today’s modern gas powered vehicles.

NOTE:  All recommended intervals are based on common intervals for gas powered cars and trucks.  Depending on the car or manufacturer, some maintenance items listed not required at all.  Always refer to your Car’s Owner’s Manual for specific manufacturer’s recommendations.

For the purpose of organization, let’s first divvy up maintenance intervals by Short-Term (under 10K Miles), Mid-Term (10K – 50K) and Long-Term (50K+) schedules.  The reason – other than being pedantic?  Cost.  Most longer term scheduled maintenance will cost more.  Many customers put these schedules off due to the pricetag, so with human-nature in mind – it’s always a good idea to plan for these well into the future, especially for folks (like me) that do a monthly budget.

Also, if you see a *Road Salt Use?* tag, this indicates you should reduce the inspection time if you live in a region where road salt is used regularly in the winter time.

Short Term Maintenance (0 – 10,000 Miles)

  • Tire Rotation (Every 7,500 Miles)
  • Oil (Every 5,000 – 10,000 Miles)

Mid Term Maintenance (10,000 – 50,000 Miles)

  • Coolant Flush (Every 24,000 to 36,000 Miles)
  • Cabin Air Filter (Change every 25,000 – 35,000 Miles)
  • Engine Air Filter (Change every 30,000 – 45,000 Miles)
  • Brakes – Pads (Change40,000 to 50,000 Miles)*Road Salt Use? Reduce by 20%*
  • Brake – Rotors (Resurface or Replace) (Every 40,000 to 50,000 Miles)*Road Salt Use? Reduce by 20%*
  • Fuel Filter (Change every 30,000 – 45,000 Miles)*Road Salt Use? Reduce by 20%*

Long Term Maintenance (50,000 – 100,000+ Miles)

  • Undercarriage Inspection (Check Every 50,000 Miles)*Only perform if road salt used in winter*
  • Wiring Check (Full Check Every 60,000 Miles)*Road Salt Use? Reduce by 30%*
  • Battery Contacts and Terminals (Every 60,0000 Miles) *Road Salt Use? Reduce by 30%*
  • Hose Check (Full Check Every 60,000 Miles)*Road Salt Use? Reduce by 30%*
  • Automatic Transmission Fluid (Change every 60,000 – 100,000 Miles)
  • Belts – V or Serpentine (Replace after 60,000 – 100,000 Miles)
  • Belts – Timing (Replace after 60,000 – 100,000 Miles)*Road Salt Use? Reduce by 30%*
  • Spark Plugs (Every 70,000 – 90,000 Miles)
  • Chain – Timing (NA)
    • Timing chains do not need to be replaced. Check manual to confirm if your vehicle uses a timing belt or chain
  • Power Steering Fluid (NA)
    • Power steering is not generally recommended for flush. Check manual to confirm any maintenance interval for power steering fluids

More to follow…

I’ll be following up this list with some more details on each individual line item, but hopefully this give you a baseline for setting a maintenance schedule for your own vehicle.

Thanks and drive safe!

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