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You rely on your vehicle to drive to work, run errands and chauffeur the kids around town. Make sure your car remains dependable by having it tuned up regularly. For the best results, refer to the owner's manual for specific recommended service intervals. Here's a general maintenance schedule that applies to most vehicles based on their mileage.
Every 3,000 to 8,000 Miles
No vehicle maintenance is more important than an oil change. Every driver gauges the time frame a little differently, but most mechanics recommend changing the oil every six to eight months or 8,000 miles, whichever comes first.
It's also wise to have the tires rotated every time you get an oil change so the tread wears more evenly. Check the coolant, transmission fluid and power steering fluid levels while your car is in the shop, and replace the windshield wiper blades if needed.
Every 15,000 to 25,000 Miles
Plan to replace the cabin air filter every 15,000 miles, inspect the battery every 20,000 miles and replace the fuel filter every 25,000 miles.
Every 26,000 to 36,000 Miles
Plan to change out the automatic transmission fluid and brake fluid within this interval, or once every two to three years. Also, at about 30,000 miles, you should replace the power steering fluid. You might be due for a motor flush as well, which rinses internal contamination away to clean your engine the way a simple oil change can't.
This is also a good time to inspect radiator hoses, the HVAC system, brake pads and suspension components. You may need to replace the tires as well if they have started to show signs of excessive wear.
Every 40,000 to 50,000 Miles
Replace V-belts, spark plugs and spark plug wires within this interval. Flush the transmission as well to restore the ideal viscosity that helps prevent overheating and seizing. Also, inspect the ignition system and suspension. If you didn't replace the tires during the previous interval, change them now.
Every 60,000 to 90,000 Miles
Once your engine has this many miles on it, you know it's time to replace the timing belt and serpentine belt. Also, if your spark plugs didn't need to be replaced at the previous interval, replace them now.
Be Mindful of the Check Engine Light
While these preventative maintenance tips based on vehicle mileage should keep your car running smoothly for many years, you should also heed the check engine light whenever it comes on. It might simply be a reminder of routine maintenance, such as an oil change or brake service, but it could also indicate something more serious that demands immediate attention.
The next time your car needs maintenance, visit the service department at INFINITI of Thousand Oaks. Our expert technicians and state-of-the-art facility are equipped to handle any service or repair. We also only use Original Equipment (OE) parts and accessories, which include a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for US vehicles. To schedule a visit, please contact INFINITI of Thousand Oaks at (888) 566-7799 today.