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Timeline Checklist for Oil, Tires & Alignment

Timeline Checklist for Oil, Tires & Alignment

Every vehicle manufacturer has a list of scheduled maintenance for oil, tires and alignment. Your specific car, truck or van may have slightly different requirements, but there are general recommendations that apply to most vehicles.

With any maintenance, always take your car in earlier instead of later — you'll prevent needless wear and tear on the car and keep it in great condition much longer. Check with your mechanic for maintenance care recommendations for vehicles with more than 100,000 miles.

3,000 Miles

  • Oil change (should be done every four months or 3,000 miles)
  • Tire pressure check / inflation
  • Windshield wiper fluid refill

5,000-6,000 Miles

  • Oil change
  • Replace oil filter (included in lube, oil and filter jobs)
  • Lube job (included in lube, oil and filter jobs)
  • Check air filter
  • Rotate tires
  • Inspect fan belts
  • Inspect hoses
  • Check alignment if you notice symptoms (steering wheel "pull," uneven tread wear, etc.)

9,000-10,000 Miles

  • Lube, oil and filter
  • Check / fill fluids
  • Rotate tires
  • Inspect air filter
  • Inspect fan belts
  • Inspect hoses

15,000 Miles

  • Lube, oil and filter
  • Check fluids
  • Inspect / service brake system include pads, drums and rotors
  • Inspect / recharge air conditioning system
  • Inspect suspension system including ball joints, shocks and struts
  • Check alignment if you notice symptoms (steering wheel "pull," uneven tread wear, etc.)

20,000-25,000 Miles

  • Lube, oil and filter
  • Replace fuel filter
  • Check / fill or replace fluids
  • Rotate tires

30,000 Miles

  • Brake service including brake lines, hoses, pads, drums and rotors
  • Inspect / service suspension system
  • Inspect steering system
  • Replace power steering fluid
  • Inspect / service exhaust system including muffler
  • Inspect radiator levels, antifreeze / coolant
  • Check alignment if you notice symptoms (steering wheel "pull," uneven tread wear, etc.)

35,000-40,000 Miles

  • Lube, oil and filter
  • Check / fill or replace fluids
  • Rotate tires
  • Inspect air filter
  • Inspect fan belts
  • Inspect hoses
  • Replace battery at 35,000 miles if needed
  • Tune up at 40,000 miles (spark plugs, timing, etc.)

45,000 Miles

  • Lube, oil and filter
  • Inspect / service brakes
  • Inspect / service transmission
  • Inspect radiator
  • Flush and replace engine coolant / antifreeze
  • Inspect / service suspension, ball joints, etc.
  • Rotate tires
  • Check alignment if you notice symptoms

50,000-55,000 Miles

  • Lube, oil and filter
  • Check / fill or replace fluids
  • Rotate tires
  • Inspect air filter
  • Inspect fan belts
  • Inspect hoses
  • Replace fuel filter

60,000 Miles

  • Lube, oil and filter
  • Inspect / service brakes
  • Inspect / service transmission
  • Inspect radiator / engine coolant
  • Inspect / service exhaust system
  • Inspect / service suspension, ball joints, etc.
  • Replace power steering fluid
  • Rotate tires

65,000-70,000 Miles

  • Lube, oil and filter
  • Check / fill or replace fluids
  • Rotate tires
  • Inspect air filter
  • Inspect fan belts
  • Inspect / replace timing belt
  • Inspect hoses
  • Check alignment if needed
  • Replace battery at 70,000 miles if needed

75,000 - 85,000 Miles

  • Lube, oil and filter
  • Check / fill or replace fluids
  • Rotate tires
  • Inspect air filter
  • Inspect fan belts
  • Inspect hoses
  • Tune up at 80,000 miles

90,000 Miles

  • Lube, oil and filter
  • Inspect / service brakes
  • Inspect / service transmission
  • Inspect radiator
  • Flush and replace engine coolant
  • Inspect / service steering and suspension, ball joints, etc.
  • Inspect / service exhaust system
  • Rotate tires
  • Check alignment if you notice symptoms
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