I’m sure we’ve all seen several different versions of a car maintenance checklist. We’ve even printed some of our own. The basic maintenance checklist includes checking the tires, the car fluids and checking the brakes and air filter. But there are some maintenance items that are often overlooked and we want to make you aware of them.
- Spark plugs – You know your car has spark plugs, but did you know it’s a good possibility that your owners manual recommends they should be replaced every few years or so. Check your owners manual for your specific recommendations or ask your car maintenance technician for information. Most automakers recommend replacing them every 100,000 miles.
- Battery Cooling Systems – Are you driving a hybrid vehicle? If you are it’s very likely that your car has a dedicated cooling system for the vehicles’ electronics and/or battery. Some vehicles even have two dedicated cooling systems, one for the battery and one for the electric motor. Just like the coolant in a traditional car’s engine needs to be changed, the coolant in these cooling systems also needs to be changed at scheduled intervals. Check your owner’s manual to find out what intervals are recommended for your car.
- Cabin Air Filters – If your car was built in the last decade, chances are fairly good it has been equipped with a cabin air filter. This filter, similar to the one in your homes heating and cooling system, screens dust and debris out of the air that is entering your car’s passenger compartment. Many automakers recommend replacing these filters once a year. This will greatly improve the quality of air you are breathing while you drive. If you aren’t sure ask your auto repair technician if your car has this filter.
- Differential Fluid – You know about your car’s coolant and transmission fluid, but there’s another type of oil that most automakers recommend replacing at certain intervals. Your car’s differential, also called a gearbox, contains a lubricating oil that is heavier than motor oil. This gear oil can diminish over time, especially in larger vehicles like SUVs or pickups that are used for heavy jobs like towing, and needs to be replaced.
These are just a few of the things that might not make it onto the basic car maintenance checklist, so make sure you put them on yours!
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