Required Routine Maintenance For Any Make And Model

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Keeping up with all of the routine maintenance for your car can feel unending, and it’s easy to forget what you need to do. This list makes it easy to stay on top of regular car maintenance — no matter what make or model you drive.

Tires and Wheels

Even if every other system in your car is in perfect condition, you won’t get anywhere without your tires. You’ll want to regularly check the air pressure of your tires to ensure it’s properly inflated — not over or under. You’ll also need to keep an eye on the tread depth to ensure the tires are wearing out evenly. Finally, be sure to have your tires rotated and balanced and your wheels aligned a few times a year.

Oil and Other Fluids

The old rule of thumb used to suggest that you should change the oil every 3,000 – 5,000 miles, but in recent years that number has lengthened from 5,000 – 10,000 depending on the car and brand of oil, but your owner’s manual will have a more exact mileage that is specific to your car.

As important as motor oil is, the other fluids under the hood (brake, power steering, transmission, etc.) are equally as important! Your owner’s manual will have specific mileage recommendations to let you know when to flush and replace each of the fluids in your car.


When you know what to listen and feel for with your brakes, you’ll be able to determine when they need service and replacement parts. If you hear any squealing, grinding, rattling, vibrating, or other sounds when you apply pressure to the brakes, it indicates that you need brake service. You should also take note of how the brakes feel when you press down; if the brakes feel spongy or hard to use, it’s time for brake service.

Miscellaneous Upkeep

There are a few other things you’ll need to replace once a twice a year depending on how much you drive and the conditions in which you drive. These items include:

  • Oil filter
  • Cabin air filter
  • Windshield wipers
  • Windshield wiper fluid

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