We know that taking your car to the mechanic is not the most exciting part of your day. It’s not like meeting with friends or going to a great movie, but regular car maintenance is a VERY important part of keeping your car running smoothly. If you want to keep your car going, don’t forget to schedule (and keep) regular appointments for these important car maintenance tasks.
There’s a reason that oil changes are first on the list, and should be a high priority when your car is getting close to the mileage your mechanic tells you (it can vary). An engine without regular oil changes is prone to part breakdowns due to inadequate lubrication. If you don’t want to end up with a long list of engine repairs, follow your mechanic’s instructions and make regular appointments for oil changes.
Tire rotation doesn’t seem like a big deal, but regular rotation is important for the life of your tires and car suspension. Rotating your tires (or having your mechanic rotate your tires) ensures that your tires wear evenly, can prevent surprise flats, and extend the life of your tires. A regular inspection of your tires also gives you (or your mechanic) the opportunity to find small holes on your tire that can be fixed before they become more of a problem.
Replacing the air filter
We won’t go into great detail about how disgusting your air filter can get if not replaced, but we will tell you that part of your regular car maintenance should include replacing or cleaning that gross air filter. If you don’t, a dirty air filter can deprive your engine of air, causing performance issues and damage over the life of your car. To know when it’s time to replace your air filter, ask your mechanic to check it at your next scheduled oil change.
Replacing spark plugs
Your spark plugs should be changed every 30,000-100,000 miles, depending on the kind of spark plugs in your car or truck. Spark plugs ignite the fuel-air mixture in your cylinder, creating the combustion that starts and keeps your car engine in motion. If you wait too long to replace the spark plugs, other parts of your car may need to be replaced as well.
Checking the battery
Over time, the performance of your car battery declines, leaving you stranded. That’s why a regular inspection of your battery and connections is so important. Batteries usually give out around the 3-5 year mark. Ask your mechanic to check your battery periodically so you can replace it before your car starts rough—or doesn’t start it all.