Ongoing maintenance is crucial for your car’s performance throughout every season and every year. In fact, you should start scheduling routine care for your car the moment you drive it off the dealership lot. The number one reason why cars do not last as long as they should, however, is because they do not receive proper maintenance on a regular basis. Consider the following stats from a recent study:


●        25% of vehicles had oil that was either low or dirty

●        18% of vehicles had air filters that were worn out or dirty

●        17% of vehicles had dangerously low radiator coolant

●        18% of vehicles had belts that were worn down and even torn

●        89% of vehicles desperately needed some type of maintenance


Drivers that ignore their car’s needs can count on costly repairs and even more expensive replacements. If you’ve ever wondered what type of auto maintenance your car requires and how often, below is a general guide to help you. Keep in mind, that maintenance schedules vary slightly from vehicle to vehicle. Check your car’s manual to find out its maintenance schedule.


Do This Every Two to Three Weeks

●        Check dashboard indicator lights

●        Check headlights and lamps

●        Check tires for adequate air and/or damage

●        Check engine oil


Do This Every 3 Months or 3,000 Miles

●        Check transmission fluid levels

●        Check batteries and battery cables

●        Check all the belts

●        Change air filter

●        Change engine oil

●        Inspect exhaust levels

●        Check hoses

●        Check interior and exterior lights

●        Check power steering fluid levels

●        Check overall tire condition

●        Refill windshield washer fluid


Do This Every 6 Months or 6,000 Miles

●        Lubricate chassis

●        Change wiper blades


Do This Every 12 Months or 12,000 miles

●        Replace brakes

●        Replace cabin air filter

●        Drain and replace coolant

●        Balance steering and suspension

●        Align the wheels


Stop By Big Jim’s Automotive For All of Your Maintenance and Repair Needs

When it’s time have your car checked or repaired, then hire the professionals at Big Jim’s Automotive do the work for you. Only a certified and skilled mechanic can ensure that your car has been properly inspected and taken care of both inside and out.


If you need maintenance performed on your car, then contact Big Jim’s Auto. We perform repairs and maintenance for car owners in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the surrounding area. Call us today at 319-261-0999 for a free estimate or visit us online!