So you just bought your car, and you have been driving it for a while. Whether it's a used car, or a brand new car, you have been thinking about the maintenance schedule, and you are wondering, what you need to do next.
Well, if you aren't wondering about the maintenance schedule, it may be a great idea to look into it. Mainly because if you neglect your car, like anything else, it will rot, and be doomed for the junk yard. Let's take a look at my cars.
My first car, a 1989 Honda Accord LXi, had over 200,000 miles on it. That's over 350,000km. I drove it everywhere. Granted, I was in high school, and I mainly used it to commute to school and to my job at the movie theater. But, I would drive it fairly heavily when going home from work when the roads were clear, going down the highway at 100mph (160km/h). And I bought it at 90k miles when I was 16. I took very good care of it, changing the oil every 3000 miles (about 5000 km), changing the air filter, and belts, flushing fluids etc. So it worked like a dream. I had some problems in cold weather, but it worked fine once my engine warmed up a little.
My 2009 MAZDA 3 (AXELA) 5dr Sport that I bought when I graduated from university gave me no problems. Although the manufacturer maintenance schedule recommended changing the oil every 5,000 miles (8,000 km), I stuck to the good old 3,000 mile (5,000 km) schedule. And because I had money to burn, I kept it filled with synthetic oils, and cleaned it every month. I sold it 5 years in to come to Japan, but it worked perfectly still.
Moral of the story, do regular maintenance on your car, and it could last you for years.
So just keep this general schedule in mind next time you take your car out, look at your odometer, and keep track of your maintenance schedule for your car. This is a general schedule, but it may change depending on the climate, and conditions of the roads etc.
Frequently - Inspect Lights, Tire Pressure, Engine Oil Level, and all other fluids. Clean the interior and exterior of the car.
Every 3 Months/ 5,000 km - Change the Oil and Oil Filter, andlubricate the chassis. Inspect the belts and hoses. Inspect and replace the air filter as necessary.
Every 10,000 km - Tire rotation, brake inspection.
Every 40,000 km - Replace the fuel filter, and get your transmission serviced. Check wheel alignment.
Every 80,000 km - Replace the spark plugs and spark plug wires. And inspect the ignition system, and suspensions.
Every 100,000 km - Flush the cooling system, and replace belts and hoses.