A lot of you do your automobile maintenance when a piece of equipment breaks down or faces a downtime event. Preventive maintenance, on the other, is a scheduled maintenance based on calendar time or asset runtime. Preventive maintenance is vital not only to prevent possible extensive repairs at a later date but also to avoid the inconvenience of being stranded all of a sudden.
The Car Care Council presumes that a person drives its automobile around 1,000 miles per month, which deciphers to 3,000 miles every three months, 6,000 miles every six months, and 12,000 miles per year.
Therefore, regular automobile preventative maintenance is conducted at intervals that let you discover potential problems before they become serious problems later. The scheduled time could be once a month, every three months, every six months, or even yearly. It all depends upon different parts of automobile and their wear and tear.
Here are some generic service recommendations that are solely based on time and mileage. These are given with the intent to extend the life of your vehicle and help to prevent them from significant breakdown. The vehicle’s requirements differ depending on the driving habits and/or owner’s manual recommendations. So, it is best to check your car’s manual and also with your service advisor for more specific information.
- Air conditioning; check every spring or when needed
- Automatic trans flush; 2 years or 24,000 miles
- Battery service; yearly or when needed
- Brake system flush; every year
- Carbon cleaning; 2 years or 30,000 miles or when needed
- Clutch system flush; every year
- Differential fluid; 15,000 to 50,000 miles
- Drive belts; 4 years or 60,000 miles
- EGR system service; 2 years or 24,000 miles
- Engine oil flush; 2 years or 30,000 miles
- Fuel filter; yearly or as needed
- Oil, lube, filter; 3,000 miles to 5,000 miles depending on the vehicle’s make and model
- PCV valve; yearly