When you get a new car, the manual will contain a recommended maintenance schedule. After you put a certain number of miles on your vehicle, you should take it in to the dealer or a trusted auto mechanic to get certain systems checked out. You should follow the recommendations to the letter, even if it means suffering the inconvenience of taking time off to take your car into a shop when nothing is obviously wrong with it. This should keep your vehicle running smoothly and catch issues before they become problems on the road.

Maintenance Schedule

Many car manufacturers recommend a maintenance schedule that takes place before 30,000 miles, before 60,000 miles, and before 90,000 miles. In addition, you should have your oil and oil filter changed periodically. Since most vehicles run on synthetic oil now, this operation can take place every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Also, certain parts of your vehicle, such as the brakes and the wiper blade, need to be inspected periodically and replaced as needed, either by your mechanic or by you if you are a do-it-yourselfer.

Car Gurus has a good rundown of what items get checked before 30,000, 60,000, and 90,000 miles. These items are generally easy to check and attend to, such as the air filter, fuel filter, battery, and so on. However, these are just guidelines, and you should consult your owner’s manual for your particular vehicle.

Driving Style

Your driving style may affect when you need to have things checked. Parts tend to wear out more slowly if you are a careful driver. If you drive your vehicle more aggressively, you should be more proactive in having your scheduled maintenance done.

Nothing can absolutely guarantee against an incident happening on the road. Sometimes a manufacturing defect can cause a breakdown. And, of course, tires can be punctured and go flat from road debris. Scheduled maintenance will make inconvenient and sometimes hazardous breakdowns far less likely.


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