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There’s such a thing as too much planning–and who among us doesn’t know someone who has their ten-year plan mapped out down to the minute–but that’s not true when it comes to your car. Sure, there are always unexpected things that pop up here and there (nobody ever planned for a flat tire!), but it’s important to schedule the things that matter.
Below, I list some things you can add to your 2023 maintenance calendar. Whether in your phone, your planner, or a physical calendar you hang up, setting reminders for the things that matter will help you follow through!
Change Your Oil Every 6 Months or 3,000 Miles
It's essential to change the oil in your car regularly because oil can break down over time and become less effective at lubricating and protecting the engine. As the oil becomes dirty or degraded, it can cause increased friction and wear, leading to decreased performance and potentially damaging the engine. Regular oil changes can prevent this by ensuring that the engine is always running on clean, fresh oil, which helps to improve its performance and extend its life.
It's generally recommended to change the oil in your car every 3,000 to 5,000 miles or every three to six months, depending on the type of oil and the conditions in which you drive your car. My rule of thumb is to take a look at your oil at whichever interval comes first!
Rotate Your Tires Every 6,000 Miles or 6-8 Months
Several reasons why it's essential to have your tires rotated regularly.
First, rotating your tires helps to ensure that they wear evenly, which can extend their lifespan and improve your car's overall performance. Uneven tire wear can cause various problems, such as decreased traction and handling, increased braking distance, and reduced fuel efficiency.
Additionally, regular tire rotations can help to prevent your tires from developing flat spots, which can occur when a tire is left in the same position for an extended period. Flat spots can cause vibrations and a rough ride, leading to tire failure if not addressed.
Finally, rotating your tires can also help balance your car's weight distribution, improving its stability and handling.
It's generally recommended to have the tires on your car rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles or every six to eight months. Regular tire rotations ensure that your tires wear evenly, which can help to extend their lifespan and improve your car's overall performance.
Replace Your Air Filter Every 12,000 Miles Or Once A Year
It's generally recommended to replace the air filter in your car every 12,000 to 15,000 miles or every 12 to 15 months.
It's a good idea to check the air filter more frequently if you drive in dusty or dirty conditions, as this can cause the filter to become clogged more quickly–if you live on a dirt gravel road, your air filter will probably need to be replaced frequently! Regularly replacing your car's air filter can help ensure that the engine gets a sufficient supply of clean air, improving its performance and fuel efficiency.
Pay Attention To Your Manufacturer Schedule
This isn’t an all-inclusive list, either! But as all goals go, I think it’s best to start with two or three things so you can build yourself up. Suppose you have a fantastic mechanic (like the excellent mechanics here at Tony’s). In that case, they’ll be able to keep an eye on your other more complex needs–such as spark plugs, serpentine belts, and the like. They’ll also let you know if something needs replacing or fixing.
Visit Us At Tony’s Brake & Alignment!
Come see us at Tony’s Brake & Alignment for assistance in any of your car needs. Schedule an appointment today for maintenance and auto repair. Tony's Brake & Alignment is located at 4800 Poplar Level Road, Louisville, KY, 40213. And don't forget to check us out on Facebook for news and updates! We look forward to seeing you soon.