Recommended Monthly Maintenance
Stay car care aware by doing these five things to maintain your car on a monthly basis. By constantly checking this, you will stay on top of any problems that tend to sneak up on you otherwise.
Maintain These Monthly
Tire and Inflation Condition
Flat tires can happen at any time and you will be glad you spotted low tread or pressure in your monthly maintenance. Check the pressure of all tires, including the spare, monthly. Check the tread for uneven or irregular wear and cuts or bruises along the sidewalls. Inflate tires and maintain at recommended pressure. Replace tires if worn or damaged. Maintaining your tire inflation and condition helps with traction on the road and even gas mileage.
Cleaning and Polishing
To prevent stripping the vehicle's wax finish, use only automotive car wash products, not dishwashing liquids. Polish at least twice a year to maintain and protect the finish. Check out our how to guides on cleaning your car, inside and out.
Windshield Washer Fluid
Check fluid level monthly. Some vehicles have two reservoirs. Do not use water. Use washer fluid only. Top off this fluid monthly to help preserve your windshield wipers as you regularly clean your windshield.
Lights are an important part of your vehicle and safety. Not only does your lighting help you see in dark or rainy situations, but it helps other drivers around be aware of your vehicle on the road. Replace bulb immediately if light is out. Check fuses first. Need to adjust your headlights? We've got a guide for that.
Check Engine Light
If light comes on while driving or remains on, your vehicle may have an emissions or sensor problem and should be analyzed. If light flashes, the condition is more severe and must be checked immediately to prevent catalytic converter damage.
Car Care Council’s Service Interval Schedule*
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*The Car Care Council has developed a service interval schedule to provide general guidelines for the regular maintenance of passenger cars, mini vans, pickups and SUVs. Intervals are built around an oil change every 3,000 miles, an accepted recommendation for the majority of motorists who are severe service drivers. Always consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual for specific recommendations by the car maker.
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