Car Maintenance and Service Checklist

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To elongate the life of your car and ensure that it is always in an optimum condition, there are some inspection and maintenance that you must carry out regularly. The benefit of these inspections and maintenance is to detect any fault early and fix it before it becomes a bigger problem. Some part of your car must be inspected regularly while other parts can be inspected occasionally.

However, it may be a bit difficult to know what to inspect and how often you should do so. Having a checklist will ensure that you are not missing anything and it also makes it for you to track what maintenance has been done on your car.

Oil and Coolant Levels

One of the most important checklists is the oil and coolant level. Every month or after every two weeks, it is a good idea to inspect the level of engine oil and the coolant in your car. The recommended level would be in your owner’s manual. Make sure you refer to it.

Transmission Fluid

You need to inspect your transmission fluid just the same way you need to regularly check your oil and change it when necessary. The fluid is what allows the transmission part to operate smoothly by reducing the friction and abrasion. Make sure that you consult the owner’s manual of your car to get the right type of fluid recommended for your car.

Air Filter

The air filter eliminates contaminated air from entering the car and it is important to inspect it regularly. A good air filter will improve your car’s fuel efficiency and increase the life of your engine. Check the owner’s manual to know how often your air filter should be changed.

Tires

Most people ignore their tires because they don’t know how important they are. Make sure you regularly monitor your tire pressure to avoid wear and tear or even accident. Don’t forget to always check the spare tire as well because you don’t know when you may be needing them.

Lights

You don’t want to be in the middle of the road at night just to discover that your headlights are no longer working. Once in a month, you can turn on your headlights and check if both are working. Other lights that you need to inspect are the brake lights and the parking lights.

Wax Vehicle

It is recommended that you wax your car every 6 months. This will give your car a glossy look and also protect the paint and the body of your car against corrosion. It prevents dust and UV rays to have direct contact with your car and damage the paint.

Brakes

It is important to check your brake often to ensure that they are in good working condition. Try to use the handbrake to ensure it can hold the vehicle on a slope. Try going slowly and apply the brakes to see how effective they are too. Check the brake fluid occasionally and ensure that it is always at the recommended level.

Battery

The function of the battery in your car cannot be overemphasized. The battery supplies the electric current that the car needs to start and even work effectively. The battery supplies the current to the car’s electronics such as the radio and the lights. Ensure that you monitor your battery performance occasionally. You can also clean the terminal to improve the connection of the battery.

Serpentine Belt

The serpentine belt is also known as the drive belt and it connects the alternator, the power steering and the air conditioner to the engine. If you notice any strange noise coming from the front of your car, it is usually from the serpentine belt. Always inspect this belt occasionally for visible wear and tear and change it whenever you notice a fault. It is recommended that you examine this belt each time you change the oil.

Spark Plugs

The spark plug ignites the gas and air in your engine and powers your car. It performs a significant role and if it is not working properly, your engine may lose its power and not work at its best. You should have a professional inspect your spark plugs and replace faulty ones. Some manufacturers recommend that you change the spark plug after every 30,000 miles but it may depend on the type of car and other conditions. Always ensure to read the owner’s manual to know your manufacturer’s recommendation.

Windshield Washer Fluid/ Wiper Blade

It is necessary to always see where you are going and that is why you have to check your windshield washer fluid regularly. You don’t want to get to the middle of the road to discover that the reservoir is empty.

Also, your windshield wiper blades should be replaced every six months to twelve months so that you can see where you are going clearly. You may need to change it more often if you observe visible wear on it or makes chattering sound.