Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

How Do I Maintain My Car?

Maintain My car

Regular checks, scheduled maintenance, and a general awareness of some of the components in your car can significantly enhance the life of your vehicle and your peace of mind while driving it.

Basic car maintenance usually requires keeping up with routine checks and services according to the intervals below. Every YourMechanic service comes with a 50-point inspection, which includes all of the checks below, so you’re never in the dark when it comes to the health of your car. The inspection report is sent to you by email and stored in your online account for quick reference.

Every 5,000-10,000 Miles:

  • Change oil and oil filter
  • Rotate tires
  • Inspect brake pads/shoes and rotors
  • Check fluids: brake fluid, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, washer fluid, coolant
  • Check tire pressure
  • Check tire tread
  • Check exterior light operation
  • Inspect suspension and steering components
  • Inspect exhaust system
  • Inspect wiper blades
  • Inspect cooling system function and hoses
  • Lubricate locks and hinges

Every 15,000 to 20,000 miles:
Includes all items listed through 10,000 miles, and the following items:

  • Replace air filter and cabin air filter
  • Replace windshield wiper blades

Every 30,000 to 35,000 miles:
Includes all items listed through 20,000 miles, and the following item:

  • Replace transmission fluid

Every 45,000 miles or 3 years:
Includes all items listed through 35,000 miles, and the following item:

  • Flush brake system
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.


Post a question and get free advice from our certified mechanics.


More related articles

Insurance Requirements for Car Registration in Kentucky
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet requires that all drivers in Kentucky carry liability automotive insurance, or “financial responsibility” in order to operate a vehicle legally and maintain vehicle...
Veteran and Military Driver Laws and Benefits in Idaho
The state of Idaho offers a number of benefits and perks for those Americans who have either served in an Armed Forces branch in the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...

Related questions

Q: At what mileage should I get my timing chain replaced?

Your Lexus IS250 uses a timing chain rather than a timing belt. Fortunately, the timing chain does not require regular maintenance like the belts typically do. Just be sure to perform regular services on your car such as oil changes,...

Q: My car makes a very odd beeping noise, what gives?

Hi there. This is most likely a service reminder indicator chiming. Take note of any messages on the display panel. It could also be the seat belt reminder chiming. This could be due to the belt being unfastened or the...

Q: If still runs great do I need new spark plugs yet?

Hello. The factory Mercedes recommended service interval for the spark plugs to be changed is actually at 60,000 miles or 6 years - whichever comes first. As for the price, you may already know that the dealers typically charge substantially...