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Car Maintenance Schedule Guide: By Season & Mileage

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At the change of the seasons, it’s important to perform common routine automotive maintenance tasks. This includes rotating tires, changing oil, checking the battery, and performing a general multipoint inspection. You can do all this in your driveway, although novices should seriously consider bringing their vehicle to a certified auto service center.

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In addition to oil changes, tire rotations, and battery inspections each season, we recommend completing the following seasonal maintenance on your car before spring and winter. Please note: This is meant to be a general guideline, so be sure to check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for its specific service recommendations. 

Spring Auto Maintenance Tips

  • Change windshield wiper blades – Streaking is the most common sign that you need new windshield wipers
  • Replace wiper fluid – Be sure to use washer fluid that can withstand your area’s temperature
  • Check tire pressure – Drastic changes in temperature can affect tire PSI
  • Inspect brakes – Pads and rotors can deteriorate at a faster rate in the winter
  • Get a wheel alignmentPotholes can mangle your vehicle’s suspension system and change the angle of your wheels
  • Top off all your fluids – Keep your car hydrated
  • Check AC and replace air filter – Ensure you’ll have air conditioning for the upcoming summer
  • Wash, Wax & Detail – After a long winter, your car will probably need its carpets cleaned, trunk vacuumed, and a full detailing
  • Wash your vehicle’s “undercarriage” – Removes chemical residue from road salt, which can rust metal

Winter Auto Maintenance Tips

  • Check headlights and taillights – If your lights seem dim or a bulb has gone out, clean the lenses or replace the bulb
  • Top off and flush antifreeze – This will prevent water from freezing in your lines during the winter
  • Clean fuel injector – Fuel systems and cold weather don’t mix well, but a cleaning agent for fuel injectors can reduce the chance of a fuel-line freeze
  • Complete your emergency kit – Don’t get stranded during a snowstorm without having an emergency roadside kit in your trunk
  • Winter waxing – Apply a quality car wax that will protect your vehicle against snow, road salt, and chemicals
  • Check your tire pressure – Tire PSI drops in cold weather
  • Install winter tires – If you live here in Lee’s Summit, you may not need winter tires; however, in northern parts of the country, winter tires are a great investment
  • Add all-weather floor mats – Keep your carpets free of mold by installing all-weather or rubberized floor mats
  • Try a block heater – If your vehicle is older and struggles to start in cold weather, pre-heat it with an engine block heater
  • Check your heat – Visit a mechanic near you to inspect or even flush your HVAC system before winter

Example Routine Maintenance Schedule by Mile

Here’s an example of a car maintenance schedule, sorted by mileage, for late-model Chevy Silverado trucks (your mileage may vary):

5,000-7,500 Miles

Note: The maintenance tasks below should be performed every 7,500 miles and at every routine auto service appointment.

  • Rotate Tires
  • Change engine oil
  • Change oil filter
  • Perform a wheel alignment
  • Inspect windshield wiper blades and replace if necessary
  • Fill windshield wiper fluid tank
  • Inspect hoses

22,500 Miles

  • Replace passenger-side compartment air filter (or every 2 years)
  • Change transfer case fluid (4WD)
  • Replace fuel filter

45,000 Miles

  • Replace passenger-side compartment air filter (or every 2 years)
  • Change automatic transmission fluid and filter (external)
  • Change transfer case fluid (4WD)
  • Replace fuel filter
  • Replace engine air cleaner filter (or every 4 years)
  • Check car battery and replace if necessary
  • Inspect suspension, spark plugs, and brakes; replace any components as

67,500 Miles

  • Replace passenger-side compartment air filter (or every 2 years)
  • Change transfer case fluid (4WD)
  • Replace fuel filter
  • Check your tire tread and consider buying new tires

90,000 Miles

  • Replace passenger-side compartment air filter (or every 2 years)
  • Change automatic transmission fluid and filter (external)
  • Change transfer case fluid (4WD)
  • Replace fuel filter
  • Replace engine air cleaner filter (or every 4 years)
  • Check car battery and replace if necessary
  • Inspect suspension, spark plugs, and brakes; replace any components as

112,500 Miles

  • Replace passenger-side compartment air filter (or every 2 years)
  • Change transfer case fluid (4WD)
  • Replace fuel filter

135,000 Miles

  • Replace passenger-side compartment air filter (or every 2 years)
  • Change automatic transmission fluid and filter (external)
  • Change transfer case fluid (4WD)
  • Replace fuel filter
  • Replace engine air cleaner filter (or every 4 years)
  • Check car battery and replace if necessary
  • Inspect suspension, spark plugs, and brakes; replace any components as

150,000 Miles

  • Change automatic transmission fluid and filter (external)
  • Drain and refill engine cooling system (or every 5 years)
  • Inspect engine drive belts and accessory belts for signs of damage like fraying, cracks, and degradation (or every 10 years)

As always, you should seek out a mechanic or visit a trusted auto service center to ensure your vehicle stays in shape. For certified Chevrolet service near Kansas City, come to McCarthy Chevrolet Lee’s Summit. We offer low pricing on Chevy maintenance, GM car parts, and standard auto service for all makes of vehicle. Schedule your appointment online or call our professional technicians at 816-356-6611 for assistance.

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