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Car maintenance checklist

Do you find it hard to remember and track all the car maintenance checks and procedures you should be carrying out? This simple checklist will help you to stay on top of it. Of course, different cars will have different requirements, so remember to check the manufacturer's handbook for specific instructions and guidelines.

Once per month car maintenance checks

  • Check the oil level and add oil if low (below minimum level on dipstick) and check for leaks
  • Check the hoses and replace if they are bulging, rotten or brittle
  • Check the belts and replace if they are worn, frayed or glazed
  • Check the tyre pressure and add more air if it is low
  • Check the coolant or antifreeze and add more if levels are low (below minimum marker on container)
  • Check the air filter and replace it if it's dirty
  • Inspect the tyres for leaks, damage, bulges and uneven wear

Every three months car maintenance checks

  • Check the oil and oil filter. The oil needs changed every 3,000 miles. Remember to wait until the engine is completely cool before opening the oil container
  • Check the windshield washer fluid and add more fluid if the level is low
  • Check the battery and power steering fluid and add more fluid if it has fallen below the recommended levels
  • Check the brake fluid and add fluid if required
  • Check the transmission fluid and add fluid if the level has fallen below the minimum recommended level
  • Check the battery terminals and cables and clean if corroded. The battery should be replaced of there are any signs of cracks, leaks or other damage

Every six months car maintenance checks

  • Check the wiper blades and replace them if they are worn, or brittle
  • Make sure that headlights, brake lights and indicators are working
  • Make sure that the horn works properly
  • Inspect the brakes for wear and tear
  • Make sure that the spare tyre is fully inflated
  • Inspect the exhaust system for rust or damage
  • Check the shock absorbers for seepage or wear

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