Tyre pressure, engine oil, and brake oil checks are essential daily maintenance checks. Changing engine oil, filter and brake pads should be done as often as recommended by the car manufacturer. But what other car maintenance should you do at least once a year? Let's take a look at 10 essential services you should have performed regularly. Always follow the manufacturer's maintenance recommendations found in your vehicle's owner's manual. At a minimum, you should have your car inspected every 12 months by a qualified mechanic for any potential problems.
Note that many vehicle manufacturers have replaced the printed owner's manual with an online version available through the manufacturer's website. Here are 10 essential car maintenance services you should do every year:
Oil and Oil FilterEngine oil and oil filter should be changed regularly, because as the engine runs, small pieces of metal, dirt and carbon end up in the oil and can cause excessive wear on the engine. Non-synthetic oil that was traditionally used in the past always had a general rule of 3,000 miles, but most cars today run on synthetic material, which can safely last between 5,000 and 10,000 miles between oil changes, depending on the type. Remember to also check the engine oil level regularly. Once every two weeks and before any long road trip should be enough.
Air FilterA clogged air filter makes it difficult for the engine to breathe and that can negatively affect performance.
Changing your air filter every 15,000 to 30,000 miles is a good rule of thumb; if you park or drive in a dusty environment, change the air filter closer to 15,000 miles.
Fuel FilterIf the fuel filter becomes clogged, the engine will run abruptly or it will not work. The manufacturer's suggestions for fuel filters vary widely, but some recommend replacing the filter as soon as 30,000 miles. The best option is to ask the mechanic to perform a pressure test to determine the condition of the fuel filter.
Timing BeltCars that use a timing belt instead of a timing chain need to worry about this little maintenance. If you can't see a belt, and in many cars today they're hidden under covers and other components, you can remove the cover with just a few screws or, if you're not sure about it, don't be ashamed of having someone else check you the next time you take your car to change its oil (which everyone should do modes).
DetailingSpecialized detailing clay helps remove contaminants from hard water stains to tree sap and tar, while polishing removes the small scratches and swirls you gave your car when you went to a contactless car wash.
Maintenance RecordsNot only that, but maintaining a detailed vehicle maintenance history can also help improve the resale value of your car.
And of course, it's important to remember that car maintenance costs, while not always cheap, can help you avoid costly repairs in the future.