Once you’ve gone through the process of buying your next vehicle, the most important thing you can do is to read about what routine maintenance your vehicle requires in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Having routine maintenance performed on your vehicle will help optimize its performance in the short-term and keep it running well in the long-term, thus maintaining its overall performance, mechanical equipment, and resale value over time. Although different vehicles have different service needs, there’s a basic service milestone calendar that you should follow.
Monthly checks are the simplest to perform.
- Interior wear: If you notice any interior stains on the upholstery or mud on the floor mats, you should promptly clean them up.
- Dashboard indicator lights: If any dashboard indicator lights come on, you should schedule a service visit.
- Tire pressure and condition: If your vehicle has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), it will alert you if it detects low tire pressure; if you don’t have a TPMS, check your tire pressure monthly. You will also want to regularly check your tires’ condition and treads.
- Lights: Make sure all your exterior lights are working.
At the 3-month/3,000-mile mark, you will want to make your standard monthly checks along with some checks that are a bit more involved. For instance, you should also check:
- Engine oil/filter: Check your oil and get an oil change if your oil is low or if it has become sludgy.
- Fluid levels: Check your transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid, making sure you have adequate levels of each.
- Battery: Check how well your battery is functioning. If it is weak, you will want to have it replaced.
- Resolve any issues surrounding your indicator lights with – if necessary – a service visit.
At six months, it’s a good idea to perform your monthly and 3-month checks and evaluate a few additional aspects of your vehicle.
- Tire rotation: It’s recommended to get your tires rotated every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Oftentimes, you can bundle this service task in when you get your oil changed.
- Wiper blades: Every six months – especially after summer and winter – you should check your wiper blades. If they’re dry, cracked, and/or aren’t clearing the windshield as effectively as they should be, you should replace them.
At the one-year mark, you should thoroughly perform all above checks as well as check your engine and cabin air filter, coolant level, brakes and brake fluid level, and your wheel alignment.
If you need more extensive service performed for your vehicle, feel free to consult our expert staff here at the Duell’s Evansville Kia.