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How to Maintain Your Car to Keep It Running Well


It’s essential to maintain your car, for both new and used vehicles to ensure longevity, safety, and reliability. Regular maintenance prevents unexpected and costly repairs. Here’s a guide to essential car care tasks, provided by Car and Driver editors.

Key Maintenance Areas


  • Inspection: Regularly check for wear, balding, or bulges.
  • Replacement: Tires typically last 3-6 years or up to 80,000 miles.
  • Rotation: Follow your car’s manual; usually every 10,000 miles.
  • Pressure: Maintain recommended PSI using a gauge and add air if needed. Carry a portable air compressor or use public ones at gas stations.

Engine Oil

  • Checking: Regularly check the dipstick and maintain oil levels.
  • Change Interval: Follow the car’s manual; often every 5,000-10,000 miles or annually.
  • Type: Use the oil type recommended in the owner’s manual.

Other Fluids

Regularly check brake fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, power-steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid. Replace as per the manufacturer’s intervals or when they appear dirty.


Regularly inspect headlights, taillights, and license plate lights. Replace any non-functional bulbs.

Windshield Wipers

  • Replace annually or when they fail to clear the windshield properly, particularly in harsher climates.

Air Filters

  • Engine Air Filter: Check under the hood and replace when dirty.
  • Cabin Air Filter: Replace annually or when airflow decreases or odors appear.


  • Testing: Use a multimeter; replace if voltage is under 12.4.
  • Lifespan: Typically lasts several years, up to 10.


Inspect brake pads and rotors for wear and replace when necessary. Listen for squealing or feel for pulsations.

Belts and Hoses

Inspect for fraying or cracks. Replace to prevent failure and costly repairs.


  • Exterior: Regular washing and annual waxing protect paint.
  • Interior: Vacuum and wipe surfaces to maintain cleanliness and value.

Additional Tips

  • Find a Trustworthy Mechanic: Keep their contact info handy.
  • Follow Manufacturer’s Guidelines: Adhere to the recommended maintenance schedule to avoid voiding warranties.
  • Keep Records: Document all maintenance and how you maintain your car for warranty claims and resale value.

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