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Car Maintenance Tips: 3,000 – 6,000 Miles

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To maintain your car’s longevity, there is regular maintenance that you should perform on it at certain intervals. The car maintenance tips that we will be discussing today will be that which should be performed every 3,000 – 6,000 miles. So, here’s what you should check and perform preventative maintenance on every 3,000 – 6,000 miles:

• Oil
Since oil changes are recommended every 3,000 – 5,000 miles or as recommended by the car manufacturer, your 3,000 – 6,000-mile checkup is a great time to have your car’s oil changed. Oil changes and oil filter changes go hand in hand so you should plan to have your filter changed when you get your oil changed.

• Battery and Battery Terminals
Your battery is critical for getting you where you’re going, and thus, it’s important to make sure you inspect it for corrosion and check the condition of both your battery and battery terminals regularly. Modern batteries don’t show the signs of weakening that batteries of the past have shown, so you may need to have an expert inspect your battery to help determine how close it is to the end of its life.

• Power Steering Fluid
Power steering fluid is what keeps your car easy to turn. When fluid runs low, you may notice more difficulty in turning which is not good. So, during this regular car inspection, check your power steering fluid levels and add fluid if needed.

• Brake Fluid
Your brake fluid is another incredibly important fluid in your car because it is what keeps your braking system functioning. Without this fluid, your car would not stop. Because this is such a critical fluid, you need to make sure that you have enough of it by checking the levels. If you notice that the levels are low, you will need to add more fluid.

• Windshield Washer Fluid
While not as critical as the braking fluid, windshield washer fluid is also important. On those days when your windshield seems to just keep getting coated with road spray, bugs, and mud, windshield washer fluid is your best friend because it can wash all of that away. And, that’s precisely why you should check the levels and fill it up if you need to!

• Transmission Fluid
Ah, transmission fluid! It’s another critical component that you shouldn’t go without. Your transmission is what allows your car to shift and the fluid is what lubricates the parts in your transmission and keeps the components of the transmission from grinding on each other and creating the friction that could destroy your transmission. So, you’ll want to make sure that your transmission fluid is up to the proper level.

So, is your car hitting the 3,000-6,000 mile mark? You’ll want to make sure you follow the car maintenance tips to make sure that your car is getting the preventative maintenance it needs to improve its lifespan. If you’re not comfortable performing this maintenance, schedule an appointment with us – we’ll get your car running in top shape!

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