How Do I 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

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