Q: How often should I get an oil change? A: How often you should change your oil and filter depends on your car and the type of oil you use, but the general guideline is every 3,000 to 8,000 miles. Synthetic oil lasts longer than conventional, for example. Check your owner’s manual or ask your technician for the right interval for your car.
Q: How often should I replace my tires? A: This also depends on your car, as well as driving conditions and your habits. Again, check your owner’s manual and regularly inspect your tires for worn tread, air leaks, bulging, cracking, or any other signs of damage. Typically, tires last anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 miles.
Q: When should I replace the cabin air filter and engine air filter? A: The cabin air filter should be replaced about once a year, or every 15,000 to 30,000 miles. The suggested interval for engine air filters ranges from 30,000 to 45,000, across brands. Check your owner’s manual or ask your regular mechanic.
Q: What maintenance should I have done regularly? A: You should get an oil and oil filter change at least twice a year, depending on driving conditions. You should also check your fluid levels at least this often, including transmission fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, etc.
Checking your tire pressure and adding air if they’re low should be done regularly. In cold months, this should be done once a month, while it can be done every few months when it’s warmer. Once or twice a year, inspect your battery, hoses, and belts to make sure nothing is dead, broken, or fraying.
While this isn’t an exhaustive list of all the maintenance you should do regularly, it is a good place to start. Look in your owner’s manual for the complete recommended maintenance schedule.
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