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Maintenance Checklist for your Vehicle to run Smoothly

Maintenance Checklist for your Vehicle to run Smoothly

Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle To Run Smoothly | Peterborough Mitsubishi

As a responsible vehicle owner, it’s crucial to regularly maintain your car to ensure its smooth operation and longevity. By following a comprehensive maintenance checklist, you can address potential issues early on and keep your vehicle running smoothly for years to come. 

Monthly Check Up

Performing a monthly check up allows you to catch any potential issues early on and address them before they become significant problems. Here are the key areas to focus on during your monthly inspection:

Inspect Tires

Start by examining the tread depth of your tires. An adequate tread depth ensures proper traction, especially in wet and slippery conditions. Additionally, check for any signs of uneven wear, bulges, or cuts in the tires. 

Test Lights

Ensure all your vehicle's lights are functioning correctly, including headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals. Replace any burnt-out bulbs promptly to ensure optimal visibility and safety.

Check Oil and Coolant Levels

Check the engine oil and coolant levels every month. Low oil levels can lead to engine damage, while insufficient coolant can cause overheating. Refer to your vehicle's owner manual for the correct procedure to check and top up these fluids.

Inspect Windshield

Inspect your windshield for any cracks or chips. Even minor damage can compromise the windshield's structural integrity and affect visibility. Promptly repair or replace any damaged windshield for your safety and the longevity of your vehicle.

3-Month Check Up

Every three months, it’s essential to perform a more thorough maintenance routine for your vehicle. Here's what to include:

Change Oil

Regular oil changes are crucial to keep your engine running smoothly. Changing the oil filter along with the oil is also necessary to ensure optimal filtration and protection for your engine.

Inspect Belts and Hoses

Inspect all your vehicle's belts and hoses for signs of wear, cracking, or leaks. Belts such as the timing belt and serpentine belt are integral components for the proper function of your vehicle's engine, while hoses like the radiator hose and heater hose play a vital role in coolant circulation. 

Check Car Battery and Cables

Examine the car battery for any signs of corrosion or damage. Clean the battery terminals and cables to ensure a reliable electrical connection. If your battery is more than three years old or weakening, consider replacing it.

Yearly Checkup

A yearly checkup is an opportunity to perform more in-depth maintenance tasks that contribute to your vehicle's overall performance and longevity:

Replace Cabin and Engine Air Filters

Cabin and engine air filters play a vital role in keeping the air clean inside your vehicle and for the engine. Replace these filters annually or more frequently if you drive in dusty or polluted environments.

Rotate Tires

Regularly rotating your tires promotes even wear and prolongs their lifespan. Consult your vehicle's owner manual for the recommended tire rotation pattern and interval.

Check Brakes

Have a professional inspect your vehicle's braking system. They will check brake pads, rotors, and brake fluid levels to ensure everything is in proper working order. Brake maintenance is crucial for your safety on the road.

Lubricate Hinges

Lubricate door hinges, trunk hinges, and any other moving parts that can benefit from lubrication. This helps ensure smooth and effortless operation and prevents hinges from seizing or binding.

Seasonal Checkup

The change of seasons brings unique challenges for your vehicle. Perform a seasonal checkup to address specific maintenance needs:

Swap Tires

Switch to seasonally appropriate tires. Winter tires provide enhanced grip on snowy and icy roads, while summer or all-season tires offer better performance in warmer conditions. 

Replace Wiper Blades

Worn-out wiper blades can hinder your visibility during inclement weather. Replace them regularly, ideally before the start of winter and summer, to ensure clear vision and safe driving.

Check Washer Fluid Levels

Maintain adequate washer fluid levels to ensure clear windshields. In winter, use washer fluid with antifreeze properties to prevent freezing on the glass.

Maintain Your Car

Following the detailed maintenance checklist outlined above will help you catch potential issues early on and ensure your vehicle's optimal performance and longevity. Take the necessary steps to maintain your car, and you'll enjoy a reliable and enjoyable driving experience. Contact Peterborough Mitsubishi for your maintenance routine.

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