Car Maintenance By the Month and the Mile

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Conducting regular maintenance on your vehicle is very important if you truly want to get the most out of your vehicle.  Obviously, there is a great deal more to auto maintenance than simply refilling the tank and checking your oil a couple times a month. Indeed, your car is a very complex machine that requires great care and consideration.  As such, here is a standard maintenance schedule to help you keep your car care on track. Keep in mind that this schedule can vary depending on the make and model of your car as well as how old it is.

REPLACE THE AIR FILTER every 2 to 4 Months / 2,000 to 4,000 miles

Your car runs on an internal combustion engine and that means it needs oxygen.  The cleaner the air you supply it, the cleaner the spark it will have and the more efficiently it will burn fuel. This results in fewer engine deposits, improving longevity.

REPLACE THE OIL and OIL FILTER every 3 Months / 3,000 miles

Your car needs oil to lubricate all of its many metallic moving parts.  Lubrication, of course, keeps everything operating smoothly and reduces the risk of overheating. You change the oil and filter because deposits build up and reduce efficiency.


REPLACE THE FUEL FILTER every 3 Months / 3,000 miles

The fuel filter does with the oil and air filters do, only it does it for fuel. Indeed, the fuel filter ensures minimal risk from deposits that develop in the engine as a result of burning the fuel.  Replacing the fuel filter improves fuel efficiency.


Depending upon where you live this is more or less important as part of regular maintenance.  This liquid keeps your radiator operating and that keeps your engine cool (and also prevents your engine from freezing up).


REPLACE THE TRANSMISSION FLUID every 3 to 6 Months / 3,000 to 6,000 miles

Most cars do not require that you change the transmission fluid often. However, you want to check it (probably about the same time you change the oil) because without it your engine will have lower efficiency.

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