Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls
  1. Home
  2. Articles
  3. How Do I Maintain My Car?

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
Icon-warranty_badge-02

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

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.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

P0222 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle/Pedal Position Switch/Sensor B Circuit Low Input
P0222 code definition Throttle/Pedal Position Switch/Sensor B Circuit Low Input What the P0222...
How to Buy Fuel Treatments
Adding a fuel additive to your gas tank when you fill up is one way to clean vital engine parts of deposits, improve the performance of your engine,...
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: Car stalls and needs servicing.

I did a thorough investigation on this car model and there doesn't seem to be any explicit problems with this particular model. It could be that there is a possible purge valve problem after fuel tank refilling could cause liquid...

Q: Need tips on maintenance for my car that has passed the 80,000 mile mark

There are quite a few service items such as air filter, spark plugs. Also, various fluids such as engine coolant and brake fluid. Idle and valve adjustments are maintenance items as well. Honda has a full maintenance schedule for these...

Q: How do I check the engine coolant level of a 2012 Nissan Altima?

Checking the coolant level is an important part of general maintenance and should be done roughly once per month or so. It’s not hard to do, and here are the steps to follow: Make sure the engine is cold....