Keeping the recommended maintenance items serviced can greatly increase the life of your vehicle. Some maintenance items can also help maintain good fuel economy and engine performance.
On most vehicles these days, the Normal Service Schedule is included in the owner’s manual. The most important maintenance item is having the Oil and Filter replaced on a regular schedule. Many vehicles have an Oil Change Reminder system and will alert you as to when the oil needs to be replaced. Always consult your owner’s manual or ask a professional for the correct service interval.
Other maintenance items that should be serviced regularly are spark plugs, air filter, engine coolant, automatic transmission fluid, tire rotations and on some vehicles, the timing belt. There are also items that will need to be inspected at regular intervals and then replaced as needed. Some of these items include the serpentine belt, front end parts like tie rods and ball joints, brake pads, suspension items like shocks or struts and axle boots and joints. Again, these items should be listed in your owner’s manual or you can ask a professional for schedule advice.