Your Map for Preventive Vehicle Maintenance

Follow this guide and never miss an important car maintenance task.

Keep your miles behind the wheel worry-free with these basic maintenance tips. Always check your owner’s manual and work with a trusted mechanic to service your car regularly.

  • Body
  • Engine
  • Frame
  • Tires
  • Cabin Air Filter

    Replace every 12,000 to 15,000 miles.1

  • Headlights2

    • Replace halogen lights after about 1,000 hours.
    • LEDs have 20 times the lifespan of halogen lights. Replace them after 20,000 hours.
  • Wiper Arms and Blades3

    • Windshield wiper arms have an average lifespan of 2 to 3 years.
    • Replace the rubber blades every 6 to 12 months.
  • Battery

    Test and replace the battery after 3 to 5 years. Mileage doesn’t count – a battery will age even sitting in a garage.4

  • Coolant (Antifreeze)

    Change after 30,000 to 50,000 miles.5

  • Engine Air Filter

    Replace every 15,000 to 30,000 miles, or every 3 years if you don’t drive often.6

  • Hoses

    Fluid hoses should be replaced every 4 years.7

  • Oil

    • Old rule of thumb: Change motor oil every 3,000 miles or 3 months, whichever comes first.8
    • New take: More vehicles now run on synthetic oil, which can last from 7,500 to 10,000 miles.9
  • Power Steering Fluid

    Replace every 2 years, or about every 30,000 to 100,000 miles.10

  • Spark Plugs11

    • Replace copper tip plugs after 30,000 miles.
    • Replace platinum and iridium tip plugs after about 100,000 miles.
  • Timing Belts

    Replace every 60,000 to 100,000 miles.12

  • Transmission Fluid13

    • Automatic: Change after 60,000 to 100,000 miles.
    • Manual: Change every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. Under heavy-duty use, every 15,000 miles.
  • Windshield Washer Fluid

    Refill at every service interval or change of seasons.14

  • Chassis Lubrication

    Inspect and grease every 6 months.15

  • Exhaust System

    Inspect periodically for corrosion or signs of damage.16

  • Brakes

    Replace brake pads every 25,000 to 70,000 miles, depending on driving habits and environment.17

  • Tire Check18

    • Check tire inflation and tread depth every 1,000 to 3,000 miles.
    • Rotate tires, if necessary, every 10,000 miles.
    • Have wheels aligned every two years, or every 15,000 to 30,000 miles.

Now you know when to check up on your car, but do you know how? Read these maintenance tips you can try yourself.