What is My Car Maintenance Schedule?

December 17th, 2018 by

Hands of car mechanic
No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, following a regular car maintenance schedule is an essential part of ownership. Vehicle maintenance is often required to keep your machine under warranty, but even when it isn’t, performing these tasks at their recommended intervals can help you save money and keep your car in tip-top shape.You can always consult your owner’s manual for details, but since Connors Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is here to help, you don’t have to go it alone! Follow our car maintenance schedule to enjoy the best your vehicle has to offer on Michigan City and Westville roads.

Every Month

Most components in your vehicle can run for years without giving cause for worry, but some features need to be inspected at least once a month:

  • Inspect your check engine light
  • Refill windshield wiper fluid
  • Wash your car’s exterior
  • Clean out the cabin
  • Check all of your lights
  • Check your tires for low pressure, wear, and damage

Every Three Months or 3,000 Miles

In general, the following fluids and components need to be inspected once every three months, or once every 3,000 miles, whichever comes first:

  • Check and refill your automatic transmission fluid
  • Check and refill your power steering fluid
  • Check all hoses and belts
  • Make sure that there are no problems with your exhaust
  • Replace your engine oil and air filter if necessary
  • Replace your fuel filter if necessary
motor oil

Every Six Months or 6,000 Miles

At least twice a year, and more often if you drive more than 12,000 miles annually, you should make sure that the following major components are functioning properly:

  • Check your windshield wipers, and replace them if necessary
  • Wax your vehicle’s exterior to prevent rust and other damage
  • Inspect, and if necessary, replace your car battery
  • Lubricate your chassis

Every 12 Months or 12,000 Miles

Certain vehicle features should be checked once a year, or once every 12,000 miles:

  • Check your brake system for wear, and make sure your fluid levels are adequate
  • Check your transmission fluid levels, and refill as necessary
  • Check your engine coolant levels, and refill as necessary
  • Check your suspension to ensure an adequate response
  • Make sure that your wheels are aligned, and that your steering systems are functioning as they should
Car mechanic Repairing brakes on car

Why Follow a Car Maintenance Schedule?

Even the most dependable vehicles have to stand up to incredible pressure day-in and day-out, and regular maintenance is the only way to make sure that your vehicle is functioning exactly as it should. When your vehicle is properly maintained, you’ll dramatically reduce the risk of dangerous breakdowns and minimize the likelihood of unexpected, expensive repairs. In short, drivers who pay for regular maintenance are very likely to save money on auto parts and labor in the long term.

What’s more, a vehicle that’s been properly maintained retains more of its value over time. This is important to note for any driver who wants to maximize the value of their trade-in when they purchase their next new car.

Where Should I Service My Vehicle?

There’s no better place to service your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicle than at the Connors Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram service department. We offer rotating Mopar parts and service specials that can help you save money every time you bring your vehicle in, and our team of expert technicians can get you in and out of the shop in no time. Schedule maintenance today, or contact us to learn more about what sets us apart!

 

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