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The Lazy Car Owner’s Car Maintenance Checklist (By Mileage)

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Your car needs regular vehicle maintenance to ensure that your car stays on the road longer and with less breakdowns. Regular battery checks keep you from being stranded with a dead battery. Regular transmission flushes protect against premature transmission failures. The list of vehicle maintenance and benefits from maintaining a car maintenance schedule can go on and on.

You can find a complete car maintenance checklist in your vehicle owner’s manual, but who has time for that? If you’re a car owner who doesn’t, this car maintenance schedule can help keep your car running better and longer. A well-maintained vehicle is also easier to sell and can bring you a higher resale price. Contact (and get to know) a local trusted mechanic who can keep your car on the road and the boxes checked off on your car maintenance checklist.

Car Maintenance Every 3,000 miles

___Use tire pressure gauge to check tire pressure & fill up as needed

___Check oil level

___Inspect windshield washer

___Turn on headlights and tail lights to see if there are any burned out bulbs

___ Check transmission fluid level

___ Inspect vehicle belts and hoses for rips, wear and tear

___ Examine car battery and cables for corrosion and damage

___Check tire tread for amount of tread (every 3,000 miles and more often as the tires wear)

___ Change the oil (every 3-10,000 miles depending on the type of oil and auto manufacturer recommendations)

Every 15-30,000 miles

___Replace the cabin air filter

___ Purchase a new air filter (If the vehicle is driven on dusty roads, the air filter should be replaced every 15,000 miles.)

Every 30,000 miles

___ Have new tires mounted and balanced (every 30-60,000 miles depending on the type of tires, amount of miles driven, and amount of tire tread)

___ Replace spark plugs (every 30-100,000 miles depending on the spark plug specifications, earlier if these signs of worn spark plugs are present)

___ Flush the power steering fluid (every 30-100,000 fluid, have the system inspected if fluid level is low)

___ Replace vehicle brakes (approximately every 25-70,000 miles, earlier if there are any signs of worn brakes)

___ Inspect the fuel pump

Every 50-60,000 miles

___Flush the automatic transmission fluid (every 50-150,000 miles, earlier if the transmission fluid is dark red or brown)

___ Replace the battery (typically every 3-5 years, earlier if the battery show signs of a failing battery)

___ Replace the fuel pump (every 60-90,000 miles depending on condition)

Truck Repair & Maintenance Tips that Keep Your Truck on the Road

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truck working in field with combineAsk any pick-up truck owner and they’ll tell you: a truck is more than just a truck.  It’s a workhorse, a heavy hauler, a tow truck when needed, and a reliable part of your vehicle fleet.  Maintaining the latter part—reliability—of your truck requires a truck maintenance and repair schedule that minimizes breakdowns and keeps your workhorse working.

Make preventative maintenance a priority

When you’re busy hauling or your truck is working fine, it’s easy to just keep working. But don’t let that purring engine and reliable tow fool you; preventative maintenance is essential to extend the life of your truck—and how long it can work for you.

Establish a regular schedule of oil changes, transmission oil changes, and tire rotation with a local mechanic to keep your truck going (or maintain the schedule yourself).  Package as much of your service and maintenance together into one visit to limit the days your truck is out service.  In between scheduling oil changes and maintenance, check your oil and tire pressure on a regular basis.  Don’t let your TPMS sensor tell you when to check your tire pressure; we’ve seen customers whose tires were more than 10 pounds low without triggering the TPMS sensor.  If you don’t have time, find a mechanic who you can trust with your truck—and can get it done quickly so you can get back to work.

Put good tires on your truck

As tempting as it may be to purchase and mount the first set of tires you find, do your homework and select the right set of truck tires. Look for tires that can handle the weight of the loads you haul, provides maximum off-road traction, and on-road handling.  Buying the right kind of truck tires is not only an investment in daily driving; the right tires wear correctly, preventing breakdowns and protecting suspension parts.

Once you have the right tires mounted, check your tire pressure regularly for a smooth ride, protected suspension parts, and optimum fuel efficiency. Check your tire pressure when the tires are cold (have not been driven for three hours) on a regular seasonal basis.

Keep the number of a good road service company handy

When your workhorse pickup does break down, store the number of a good road service company in your wallet or phone.  A good road service company responds to your breakdown and gets your pickup working again—saving you time and getting your truck (and you) working again.