What Is My Car Maintenance Schedule?

Mechanic Going Over Maintenance Checklist

After purchasing a new or used car, the long game of maintaining it begins. If you want your choice of vehicle to stay running in Decatur, and its cost of ownership to go down, keeping up with a car maintenance schedule is as essential as using RAM 1500 seat covers to keep your interior clean. What’s the best way to go about scheduling regular maintenance on your car, truck, van, or SUV? Suggested services at various mileage intervals keep your car working properly. Sam Leman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Bloomington explores each of them here.

Every Three Months or 3,000 Miles

Every three months or 3,000 miles, perform the following vehicle maintenance checks:

  • Automatic transmission, power steering, wiper fluid levels
  • Engine oil and air filter
  • Belts, exhaust, and hoses
  • All lights inside and out
  • Fuel filter
  • Tire pressure, tread, and wear and tear
Oil Pouring Into Engine

Every Six Months or 6,000 Miles

Add on these additional checks every six months or 6,000 miles after the above procedures have been carried out:

  • Car battery and cables
  • Chassis lubrication
  • Windshield wipers
  • Polish your vehicle

Every 12 Months or 12,000 Miles

At the conclusion of every year of ownership, these checks should be completed too, beyond your three-month and six-month service:

  • Brake system
  • Coolant levels
  • Transmission fluid levels
  • Steering and suspension

Every Month

Of course, there’s regular maintenance you should perform more frequently. At least once a month, you should:

  • Check to see if the check engine light is on
  • Clean the interior and exterior
  • Ensure all the interior and exterior lights work
  • Check tire pressure and tread
  • Ensure windshield wiper fluid is filled

Why Follow a Car Maintenance Schedule?

What makes routine car maintenance important is the intricacy of modern vehicles. For Normal area drivers, a lack of routine auto services means shouldering greater risk of costly or irreparable damage to your vehicle’s internal components down the road. Following a regular maintenance schedule might seem inconvenient, but the truth is it’s far more convenient than the alternative – both in terms of cost and time spent at your mechanic or parts department. Even something as small as a brake light replacement and spark plug replacement can help save you on damages and repair costs.

Learn More from the Sam Leman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Bloomington Service Department

Have lingering questions surrounding the topic of “what is my car maintenance schedule?” Time to schedule an appointment at our service department near Champaign. If it’s been a while since you’ve had your vehicle checked, or if it’s in need of its regularly-scheduled servicing, our experienced service technicians in Bloomington can work efficiently to get you in and out of our garage quickly, and save you money with service and parts coupons while they’re at it.

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