Maintenance for Your Vehicle Every Six Months or 6,000 Miles

Throughout the year, AutoZone encourages drivers to maintain their car with different interval tasks. In three month increments, these lists are intended to be built upon each interval. Many of the items on AutoZone’s Car Care Aware checklists for every month and for every three months are easy to check and little to no cost to do. Properly maintaining your vehicle on a monthly basis helps to take care of your vehicle but these few items should be checked twice a year or every 6 months.

Maintenance Every Three Months or 3,000 Miles

1. Chassis Lubrication

Many newer cars are lubed-for-life; some still require this service. Check owner’s manual. Replacement steering and suspension components may require periodic lubrication. Older vehicles have many chassis lube points. To DIY, you’ll need a grease gun to accomplish this.

2. Power Steering Fluid

Power steering fluid lives a pretty quiet life, that is, until your pump is dangerously low and lets you know about it every time you turn the wheel and hear noises, and difficulty turning. Check your power steering fluid once every 6 months to ensure you’re topped off. This can also be accomplished every time you do an oil change. Make sure you check carefully on the correct power steering fluid for your vehicle.

3. Wax and/or Polish

Waxing and Polishing protects your vehicles finish and gives your car a glossy shine. It can help to eliminate surface scratches and swirls that occur from dirt and oxidation of your vehicles coating and also helps to provide UV protection in the sun. Wax or Polish at least twice a year to maintain and protect the finish. Most people do this going into the fall/winter, and going into spring/summer.

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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Be sure to consult your owner’s manual, a repair guide, an AutoZoner at a store near you, or a licensed, professional mechanic for vehicle-specific repair information. Refer to the service manual for specific diagnostic, repair and tool information for your particular vehicle. Always chock your wheels prior to lifting a vehicle. Always disconnect the negative battery cable before servicing an electrical application on the vehicle to protect its electrical circuits in the event that a wire is accidentally pierced or grounded. Use caution when working with automotive batteries. Sulfuric acid is caustic and can burn clothing and skin or cause blindness. Always wear gloves and safety glasses and other personal protection equipment, and work in a well-ventilated area. Should electrolyte get on your body or clothing, neutralize it immediately with a solution of baking soda and water. Do not wear ties or loose clothing when working on your vehicle.

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