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What Vehicle Maintenance Schedule Should You Follow?

Taking care of your automobile requires several maintenance checks to ensure it works perfectly. Ignoring these services can cause a range of issues from mere discomfort to poor functionality or at worst, car accidents.

Short term maintenance

These services are frequently done and it takes about a year before you need to do it again.

Replace the engine oil and filter.

For advice on how far you should commute without oil changes, read your owner's handbook. Most cars have an oil and filter replacement interval of 3,000 to 8,000 miles. Synthetic oil can boost the maintenance interval to 15,000 miles. Change your synthetic oil at least once a year, irrespective of the amount of mileage you drive.

Tread depth and tire pressure

Because well-maintained tires are an important aspect for safety and fuel effecient trips, you need to routinely check and examine your tires before embarking on a long journey. Check your tire pressure once a month, as well as before lengthy excursions or carrying additional weight. To check your tire pressure, you'll need a tire pressure gauge.

Long term maintenance

Long-term maintenance is done after about three to five years.

Spark plugs

Your engine's spark plugs ignite the combination that eventually drives your car. When you have faulty spark plugs, your car will run out of power and will not function at optimal capacity. Inspect and change any defective spark plugs according to your car manufacturer stipulations or when you notice a drop in engine output.


Increased temperature, age, and lengthy periods of inactivity can have an impact on batteries. Most batteries should last four to five years, with an average 50,000 to 60,000 miles. If you don't remember when your vehicle battery was last replaced, you might want it checked to determine how well it retains power. At the same time, confirm that the battery terminals are clean and free of corrosion.

Wipers on your windshield

If your wiper blades aren't operating as well as they used to, you shouldn't ignore the problem. During a severe rain or snowfall, broken or worn-out blades might impair visibility. Understanding how to examine and repair your wiper blades on a frequent basis is one approach to help keep your automobile safe.

Owning a car requires more effort than most people like to admit. Regular maintenance will keep your car in the best condition and allow it to serve you for longer without needing major work. If you need vehicle maintenance, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Pete's Auto Service today!

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