Routine Auto Maintenance – A Necessary Pain in the Ass

I admit, I have always been (and apparently remain) a total slacker when it comes to keeping proper care of my vehicle. I didn’t have to worry about this in NYC, which was awesome, but now we’re back to daily driving and car ownership and so it looms… I did buy two Groupons for Jiffy Lube (pats self on back), so I’m at least acknowledging and addressing my shortcomings in this area. At any rate, here is a handy and simple guide to routine auto maintenance. I’ve scheduled it into my Google Calendar so I won’t space and kill our Kia.

Every 3,000-7,000 miles

The oil and oil filter should be replaced

Inspection of transmission fluid level, coolant, power steering fluid, washer fluid and wipers, tires, exterior lights

Every 15,000-30,000 miles

Replace air filter

Inspect battery and coolant

Replace fuel filter

Replace air filter and power steering fluid

Inspect coolant, radiator hoses, HVAC system, brake pads and suspension

Every 35,000-50,000 miles

Inspect and replace battery

Replace spark plugs and spark plug wires

Inspect ignition system and suspension

Every 60,000 miles

Replace brake pads and brake fluid

Replace radiator hoses, coolant, power steering fluid and timing belt

Inspect the HVAC, suspension components and tires

Oil changes and air filters are very important parts of engine maintenance; however, a thorough inspection of all engine, transmission, cooling, brakes and suspension components should also be performed regularly. The owner’s manual provides a routine auto maintenance schedule based on engine mileage for most cars.

The other issue with car maintenance is the money – my solution is to put aside a fixed amount every month to be saved in case of extensive repairs or parts replacement (beyond the maintenance listed above).

See what the Lifehacker Hive Mind has to say on the subject:

http://lifehacker.com/5879645/ask-and-answer-questions-about-vehicle-maintenance

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One thought on “Routine Auto Maintenance – A Necessary Pain in the Ass

  1. Rachel Lawley says:

    Very helpful, thanks, Chris!

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