Creating a 2017 Maintenance Plan

Dale_Bulb20160802_img_3087-1The ideal plan must include the specifications and milestones outlined in your car maintenance manual. However, there are several things that can be checked regularly that will help extend the life of your car. An infographic is available here for easy reference. Also, keep in mind that some of these items can be checked by you, while others require an ASE Certified Mechanic.

Here’s a sample of what you should schedule to check…

January 9, 2017

Dashboard Indicator Light
Vehicle Lights
Tire Inflation and Condition
Windshield Washer Fluid
Engine Oil Level

February 6, 2017

Dashboard Indicator Light
Vehicle Lights
Tire Inflation and Condition
Windshield Washer Fluid
Engine Oil Level

March 6, 2017

Dashboard Indicator Light
Vehicle Lights
Tire Inflation and Condition
Windshield Washer Fluid
Engine Oil Level
Automatic Transmission Fluid
Batteries, Cables, Hoses and Belts
Engine Air Filter and Exhaust
Power Steering Fluid

April 3, 2017

Dashboard Indicator Light
Vehicle Lights
Tire Inflation and Condition
Windshield Washer Fluid
Engine Oil Level

May 2, 2017

Dashboard Indicator Light
Vehicle Lights
Tire Inflation and Condition
Windshield Washer Fluid
Engine Oil Level

June 5, 2017

Dashboard Indicator Light
Vehicle Lights
Tire Inflation and Condition
Windshield Washer Fluid
Engine Oil Level
Automatic Transmission Fluid
Batteries, Cables, Hoses and Belts
Engine Air Filter and Exhaust
Power Steering Fluid
Chassis Lubrication
Wiper Blades
Locks, Latches, and Hinges

July 3, 2017

Dashboard Indicator Light
Vehicle Lights
Tire Inflation and Condition
Windshield Washer Fluid
Engine Oil Level

August 7, 2017

Dashboard Indicator Light
Vehicle Lights
Tire Inflation and Condition
Windshield Washer Fluid
Engine Oil Level

September 4, 2017

Dashboard Indicator Light
Vehicle Lights
Tire Inflation and Condition
Windshield Washer Fluid
Engine Oil Level
Automatic Transmission Fluid
Batteries, Cables, Hoses and Belts
Engine Air Filter and Exhaust
Power Steering Fluid

October 9, 2017

Dashboard Indicator Light
Vehicle Lights
Tire Inflation and Condition
Windshield Washer Fluid
Engine Oil Level

November 6, 2017

Dashboard Indicator Light
Vehicle Lights
Tire Inflation and Condition
Windshield Washer Fluid
Engine Oil Level

December 4, 2017

Dashboard Indicator Light
Vehicle Lights
Tire Inflation and Condition
Windshield Washer Fluid
Engine Oil Level
Automatic Transmission Fluid
Batteries, Cables, Hoses and Belts
Engine Air Filter and Exhaust
Power Steering Fluid
Chassis Lubrication
Wiper Blades
Locks, Latches, and Hinges
Brakes, Steering, and Suspension
Cabin Air Filter
Coolant (antifreeze)
Wheel Alignment

While this list should work well for marking your calendar, it would be prudent to consider the schedule listed in your owners manual to make sure everything is properly covered.

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CJ is an author and speaker.
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