Allowing a professional mechanic to conduct regular maintenance on your vehicle is one of the easiest ways to extend the lifespan of your car. It’s also the easiest way to prevent costly, full-scale repairs. Here at My Mechanic we offer a full range of check-ups and change-outs, including:
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How often should your car receive maintenance services?
Ideally, your car should receive regular maintenance on a fixed schedule. Lock the dates into your calendar and make time to come see us so maintenance issues don’t cause massive problems down the line.
Fortunately, most systems run on a fairly predictable schedule. There are some things which must be checked every month (you can learn to check these yourself). There are other systems which must at least get a check-up every three months, or every six.
There are three items you ought to look over at least once a month. These are:
- Oil levels. Most people know you should change the oil every 3,000 miles, but oil levels can get low before then. You can top off the oil yourself so long as there aren’t any leaks to contend with.
- Hoses and belts. You don’t need any advanced mechanical knowledge to check these. Just make sure nothing is cracked, brittle, bubbled or weird-looking.
- Air filter. A dirty air filter will wreak havoc on your gas mileage, so taking the time to look at it each month is likely to save you a bundle.
Every 3 Months
At the 3-month mark, some systems will start needing actual attention. You might need:
- An oil change. However, you can wait a bit if you’ve driven less than 3,000 miles over the course of 3 months. The miles matter more than the month does. However, the 3-month marker may make remembering to schedule this vital service much easier.
- Power steering fluid top-off. At the very least, you should get your power steering fluids checked. You may need a little more to ensure the steering system continues to function properly.
- Transmission fluid top-off. You should definitely do everything you can to ensure this fluid never gets too low. Transmissions are expensive!
- Batteries. Typically, you won’t change your battery every six months. However, cleaning your battery contacts every three months can increase the lifespan of this important part.
Don’t let these vital system check-ups slip your mind just because you don’t do them as often.
- Replace wiper blades. It’s true. A brittle windshield wiper won’t change the way the car runs. However, if your wiper blades aren’t up to par you could increase your chances of getting into a car accident when the weather is bad.
- Exhaust system. Usually this is only a check-up. We want to make sure no part of this system is rusted, cracked, or damaged. The exhaust keeps carbon monoxide from flooding the car’s cabin, so this is an important safety measure.
- Spark plugs and fuel injection service. You can skip the spark plugs if you’ve driven less than 90,000 miles. Your fuel injection system should be cleaned every 30,000 miles. Again, the mileage matters more than the date does; the six-month mark is merely for the sake of convenience.
The six-month mark is also a good time to have a look at your tires, breaks, shocks, and struts.
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Regular service will keep your car running like clockwork for many years to come. Don’t spend more money than you have to on car replacement and repairs…be sure to give your car the care and concern it deserves by marking these important service dates on your calendar.