Factory-scheduled maintenance differs between carmakers, and each type and model of vehicle has its own requirements. Some maintenance services are common across many of them, however.
Aside from specialty models, every vehicle should have a tire rotation performed every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. By rotating the tires, the tread wears more evenly and extends the life of your tires, reducing your overall vehicle-related expenses and keeping you safe on the road.
Brake fluid exchange
Your braking system operates using hydraulic power, centered around brake fluid. Brake fluid should be changed periodically to keep your brake components operating smoothly and prevent internal corrosion.
Differential fluid exchange
The fluid inside the differential keeps this key driveline component from experiencing premature wear and tear and moderates the temperature inside the differential case. Natural degradation and contamination require that your differential fluid is changed on schedule.
Transmission fluid exchange
As one of the most expensive components to repair or replace in your car, preventing unexpected problems and breakdowns often depends on routine maintenance. Like the engine oil, transmission fluid needs to be replaced occasionally to lubricate and cool its parts.
Coolant fluid exchange
To keep your engine within optimal temperatures, engine coolant circulates throughout. It breaks down over time and becomes acidic, and preventing failure inside the cooling system requires a coolant exchange as part of factory scheduled maintenance.
Power steering fluid exchange
On vehicles equipped with hydraulic power steering, the fluid is constantly under pressure and exposed to wear. Maintaining your power steering pump and rack and pinion requires clean power steering fluid.
Timing belt replacement
A reinforced rubber belt is employed in many cars to keep the upper components operating in precise timing with the lower engine. The timing belt will stretch and crack with use, and it needs to be replaced to avoid a breakdown.
Spark plug replacement
A strong spark is a necessity for the air-fuel mixture to burn completely and efficiently. Spark plug replacement is a critical service that keeps your engine running at its best and should be done according to the manufacturer’s schedule.