The Basics of Auto Maintenance

The requirements to maintain your engine are dull, but necessary.  Read your owner’s manual, and understand some basics.

  • Change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles on average.  Refer to your manual. The type of oil needed is listed in the manual, but also in the inside door panel where your driver side door connects with the chassis (the metal exterior frame of the vehicle). If you drive extensively for work or take frequent long trips, it might make sense to change your oil more frequently.
  • Air filters should be changed every 50,000 miles or so, depending on conditions. If you live in a dustier climate, you should change them more regularly.
  • Change the spark plugs as your manufacturer recommends, and get your engine tuned up.  Different makes and models and engine types may have different needs.
  • Flush coolant from radiator.  Check with your owner’s manual or trusted mechanic for how often this should be done.
  • Replace the timing chain/belt as recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer.
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