Car Maintenance Checklist San Jose | GIC Car Clinic

Preventive maintenance is very important for your car and GIC Car Clinic here in San Jose, California is dedicated to keeping your car running right and on the road longer. We have made a checklist of preventive maintenance requirements for you to use as a reference:

CHECK MONTHLY

  • Check engine light on
  • Cleaning
  • Lights
  • Tire inflation and condition
  • Windshield washer fluid

CHECK EVERY 3 MONTHS / 3,000 MILES

  • Automatic transmission fluid
  • Battery, terminals, and cables
  • Belts
  • Check engine light on
  • Engine air filter
  • Engine oil and filter
  • Exhaust
  • Fuel filter
  • Hoses
  • Lights
  • Power steering fluid
  • Tire inflation and condition
  • Windshield washer fluid

CHECK EVERY 6 MONTHS / 6,000 MILES

  • Automatic transmission fluid
  • Battery, terminals, and cables
  • Belts
  • Chassis lubrication
  • Check engine light on
  • Polish
  • Engine air filter
  • Engine oil and filter
  • Exhaust
  • Fuel filter
  • Hoses
  • Lights
  • Power steering fluid
  • Tire inflation and condition
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Wiper blades

CHECK EVERY 9 MONTHS / 9,000 MILES

  • Automatic transmission fluid
  • Battery, terminals, and cables
  • Belts
  • Check engine light on
  • Engine air filter
  • Engine oil and filter
  • Exhaust
  • Fuel filter
  • Hoses
  • Lights
  • Power steering fluid
  • Tire inflation and condition
  • Windshield washer fluid

CHECK EVERY 12 MONTHS / 12,000 MILES

  • Automatic transmission fluid
  • Battery, terminals, and cables
  • Belts
  • Brakes
  • Chassis lubrication
  • Check engine light on
  • Polish
  • Coolant (antifreeze)
  • Engine air filter
  • Engine oil and filter
  • Cabin air filter
  • Exhaust
  • Fuel filter
  • Hoses
  • Lights
  • Power steering fluid
  • Spark plugs
  • Steering and suspension
  • Tire inflation and condition
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Wiper blades

Service notes and some things that you can check yourself at home:

  • The level and condition of your automatic transmission fluid. You would check this with your engine running and your car in park. Some vehicles such as Honda, check the ATF level with the engine off. For maximum performance, replace every 2 years or 30,000 miles, or as directed in owner's manual.
  • Check your battery and the condition of the cables. Check for loose connections and corrosion. Have your battery tested if it is three years old or older.
  • Take a look at your belts every time you are under the hood of your car. Look for any signs of cracking, glazing or fraying. Replace timing belt per interval specified in owner's manual. Typically this is recommended at 60,000, 90,000 or 105,000 miles. Not replacing the timing belt as required could cause a breakdown or serious engine damage.
  • If your car is equipped with a cabin air filter, replace it every year.
  • If your check engine light is on, your car may have an emissions or sensor problem and should be analyzed. If the light flashes, the condition is more severe and must be checked immediately to prevent catalytic converter damage.
  • When checking your coolant, never check it while it is hot and check the level at the reservoir and the radiator if possible. Change coolant once a year on most vehicles, or as directed in owner's manual.
  • Check your engine air filter and change it yearly.
  • Change your oil and filter every 3,000 miles depending on your vehicle's make/model and how you drive.
  • Many newer cars' chassis are lubed-for-life; some still required this service. Check your owner's manual.
  • Check your fuel filter annually. On cars with fuel injection, replace filter every 2 years or 30,000 miles, or as directed in owner's manual.
  • Whenever you are under the hood, check your radiator hoses for any signs of damage or weakness. If they look bad, have them changed right away so you don’t end up stranded.
  • Walk around your vehicle and inspect the lights to make sure they are working properly. If any are out, change the light bulbs right away.
  • Check your power steering fluid when the car is warm to make sure the level is good. If it isn’t, add more of the proper fluid. For maximum performance, change every 2 years or 30,000 miles, or as directed in owner's manual.
  • Take a look at your tires every time you go out to your car. If one is low, fill it with air right away to prevent causing damage to the tire or even a blow-out. Check the tread monthly to make sure they are in serviceable condition.
  • Make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition and the washer fluid is filled with the correct washer solution.
  • Spark plugs are typically changed between 30,000 to 100,000 miles, depending on the vehicle and type of spark plugs. Always consult your owner's manual for your specific vehicle.
  • Steering and suspension: Inspect system annually, including shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts, such as ball joiunts, tie rods and other related components. Replace if leaks and damagea are found, and have excess play are found. Symptoms of worn suspension including uneven tire wear and excessive bouncing after bumps.

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