Recommended Service Intervals
Once a week (or at each fill-up)
Check your oil, water, wiper fluid, engine coolant/antifreeze level, and tire condition and pressure.
Once a month
Check Inspect transmission fluid and brake fluid, windshield wiper blades, and power steering fluid. Review condition of belts, hoses, and battery cables.
Every 3 months or 3,000 miles
Change oil, oil filter, and air filter. Inspect engine drive belts, shock absorbers, and all lights on vehicle. Check battery.
Every 6 months or 6,000 miles
Check the brake system, and inspect and/or rotate tires. Review condition of clutch system (manual transmissions), and chassis lubrication.
Once a year
Have underbody flushing performed, and service engine cooling system (which should include inspecting the radiator, water pump, fan belt, thermostat(s), radiator cap, and anti-freeze). Check accelerator control system, and lubricate doors, locks, hinges, and parking brake.
Inspect automatic transmission. Change auto transmission fluid and filter.
30,000 miles or 2 years
Change spark plugs and fuel filter, inspect spark plug wire, check engine timing
Auto Repair Links
• American Automobile Association
• Auto Care Center 3.0
• Automotive Tips
• Consumer Reports Online: Cars & Trucks
• EHow: How to Find an Honest Mechanic
• Federal Consumer Information Center
• MSN CarPoint
• Popular Mechanics
• Understanding Your Car