Common Car Maintenance

Getting a new car is an exciting event and you want to do everything you can to keep it running at the best possible level. While driving carefully will extend its life, you will need to take it into a garage for regular maintenance. When do you need to take it in and for what? Although the best place to start is your owner’s manual, here are a few of the tasks that a mechanic will need to keep your new car on the road.

Oil Changes

You will need to take your car in for an oil change every 3000 to 7000 miles. Many garages will change the oil and oil filter and then check the fluid levels of many other systems. They will inspect the tread on your tires and the brakes before there needs to be any Drum brake repair. Some repair shops will even change out your windshield wiper blades to keep your vision clear on the road.

Breathing In Clean Air

You will want to change the engine air filter and cabin air filter at about 15,000 to 20,000 miles. Doing this keeps dirt away from your engine where it can cause damage. It also keeps the air in the interior of your car fresh for the occupants who are riding inside. Clean air for both yourself or your car will keep you both going on for years

Replace the Battery

At about 35,000 miles, you will want to pay attention to your battery. If it seems to be weak or have trouble turning over, you will want to take it in to be replaced. This mileage is also a great time to have a mechanic check your spark plugs.

Put the Brakes On

Although the repair shop will probably check your brakes for wear every time you have the oil changed, you will probably need to have your brake pads and fluid changed at 60,000 miles.  This might also be a great time to get new tires depending on how worn the tread is.

Changing Out Your Belts

You will also want to take note of your timing and serpentine belts between 40,000 and 60,000 miles. A high pitch squealing coming from your engine is usually the telltale sign that your belt is going bad. If one of these belts snap, it can leave you stranded on the side of the road. It is best to evaluate them in case they need to be replaced.

Tom Brown
Tom Brown is an automotive market enthusiast living in the United States. He holds a diverse background in automotive marketing and enjoys utilizing that to produce insights into the inner workings of the industry.