To maximize the life and performance of your vehicle, here is a list of items you should check depending on the time and season. Some of these parts of your vehicle should be checked regularly, and others only in the long run. Be sure to follow your vehicle’s maintenance schedule and car servicing interval record.
Caring for your car and keeping it in proper running order takes a little bit of effort, but you definitely don’t have to be a mechanical whiz to keep your vehicle running well. The biggest hurdle is being aware of what needs to be done—and how often—for optimal vehicle upkeep. By knowing the basics about what your car needs, and when you should perform routine car maintenance, you’ll ensure that your car is in top-running condition.
As an added bonus, if you can prove that your vehicle has been well maintained, you’ll be able to ask top dollar when it’s time to resell it. And, of course, it’s important to remember that car maintenance costs, while not always cheap, can ultimately help you avoid expensive repairs down the road.
Engine oil, oil filter, transmission oil leaks
Windscreen additive and windscreen condition
Operation of windscreen wipers and washers
Coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, clutch fluid
Brake pads, timing belt intervals, steering rack gaiters
Steering/suspension components and drive shaft gaiters
Shock absorber condition and wheel bearings
Tire condition, depth, pressure and adjust
Mirrors, seatbelt, lights, and horn operation
Antifreeze strength, radiator, and coolant hoses
Hand brakes, brake calipers, pipes and hoses
Auxiliary drive belts, fuel system and tank