It’s important to keep up with the maintenance schedule for cars. You need to service your vehicle so it will run smoothly. Are you doing it often enough?
October is Car Care Month, and AAA is reminding drivers to learn about their car maintenance schedule before winter is here.
While most motorists keep up with changing their oil, AAA found that most people frequently skip other necessary services. The top three most missed maintenance items were brake fluid service, battery checks and transmission fluid maintenance.
“The expansion of onboard maintenance reminder systems – which often cover oil-change services – appears to help consumers stay on track with oil maintenance,” explained John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “Many important services that are not typically detailed by those systems are often missed by consumers.”
As technology has advanced, cars have required less maintenance at less frequent intervals. However, vehicles still need regular upkeep and routine services to maintain safety and performance.
To keep up with your car maintenance schedule, AAA recommends:
- Read the maintenance requirements in your car’s owner’s manual. Each automaker has different requirements.
- Inspect brakes as recommended in your owner’s manual, or sooner if you notice pulsations, pulling, noises while braking or longer stopping distance. Correct minor brake problems promptly. If your owner’s manual doesn’t recommend a specific interval for brake fluid service, AAA suggests flushing the system every two years or anytime the brake system is serviced.
- Follow the recommendations of in-vehicle maintenance reminders, as they have the best information to determine maintenance needs for your vehicle because they account for how you actually drive. However, many reminder systems do not specifically cover maintenance operations that need to be performed on a time or mileage basis – such as brake fluid and coolant flushes or timing-belt replacement.
- Enlist the help of a trusted repair provider to keep your car maintenance schedule on track. Quality repair shops will help motorists schedule and budget for necessary services and changes. Find a quality repair provider through AAA’s Approved repair network.