Auto Maintenance By Mile: Keep Your Vehicle In Shape

Alivia Whitaker | Sep 20, 2018

Maintaining your vehicle is easier than you think if you simply follow auto maintenance by mile. we've provided an easy to follow guide below for your quick reference.

Auto Maintenance By Mile: Routine Maintenance

Routine auto maintenance includes oil changes and fluid fill up.  Each time you get your oil changed, the technicians should give you a sticker and/or tell you when you need to come back for the next oil change.  CarFax detailed information on when to change your car oil.  They said,

"Where can you find your car’s service schedule for oil changes and other recommended maintenance?

You can check the owner’s manual. Hopefully, you have kept it in a handy place like your car’s glove box. You might also visit the manufacturer’s website and do a search to download it. Quick lube shops have their own recommendations. One thing to remember is that these shops are speaking to a wide audience, addressing cars of every age, every mileage, and some with different needs.

While there is no harm done by too frequent oil changes, if your car doesn’t need them, that money could be better spent on other maintenance needs. If you have ever put off a trip to the grocery store or waited a couple of weeks longer between haircuts, don’t do that with oil changes.

Your oil’s primary function is to cut friction. Over time, oil accumulates contaminants and loses viscosity (the ability to flow into every nook and cranny). Contaminants cause friction as parts rub together. Friction wears out those parts faster. The damage caused by these conditions is largely irreversible without an engine overhaul or replacement."

Auto Maintenance By Mile: 15,000 - 30,000 Miles

Auto maintenance miles 15,000-30,000 includes:

Air filter Removal
Fuel Filter
Transmission Fuel

How Stuff Works discussed how to be prepared for your 30,000 miles maintenance.  They said,

"A new car's first scheduled service appointment is usually at 15,000 miles, which mostly consists of examining fluid levels and topping them off, taking a look at the brakes, changing the air filter, and there's probably an oil change in there, as well. After another year or so on the road, though, your car probably needs a little more attention. The 30,000-mile service is typically the second such requirement of a car's maintenance routine, although it can vary somewhat from manufacturer to manufacturer. Before you go for this service, spend a few minutes reading your car's manual, where the 30,000-mile service should be described."

Auto Maintenance By Mile: 30,000 -  60,000 Miles

Auto Maintenance between 30,000 - 60,000 miles includes:

Battery
Brake Fluid
Brake Pad
Brake Rotors
Coolant
Transmission Fluid

Central Automotive did an overview of 60,000 miles auto maintenance.  Their helpful commentary included:

"If you were to look at the age of your car in miles and compare it to the human lifespan, here is a general timeline. When your car is brand new, it’s like a sweet little baby. When your car reaches 15,000 miles, it’s in grade school. By the time your vehicle hits 30,000 miles, it is a fast-growing teenager. When your car has reached 60,000 miles, it’s like a 30-year-old…and you know how life changes after age 30, right?

There are certain items that MUST be inspected or changed in order for your vehicle to continue having a long and healthy lifespan.

So, when thinking about your vehicle reaching 60,000 miles, it’s a major milestone. There are certain items that MUST be inspected or changed in order for your vehicle to continue having a long and healthy lifespan. If you don’t take care of your vehicle’s 60,000-mile service, don’t be surprised if you find yourself with an inoperable vehicle on the side of the road…and that’s not a fun experience.

Your owner’s manual will list what needs to be inspected, changed, or replaced on your vehicle"

Auto Maintenance By Mile: 60,000 - 90,000 Miles

Auto Maintenance between 60,000 - 90,000 miles includes:

Hoses
Power Steering Fluid
Timing Belt

A timing belt or camshaft is "a part of an internal combustion engine that synchronizes the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft(s) so that the engine's valves open and closes at the proper times during each cylinder's intake and exhaust strokes."

Auto Maintenance By Mile: 60,000 - 90,000 Miles

Auto Maintenance between 60,000 - 90,000 miles includes:

Hoses
Power Steering Fluid
Timing Belt

A timing belt or camshaft is "a part of an internal combustion engine that synchronizes the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft(s) so that the engine's valves open and closes at the proper times during each cylinder's intake and exhaust strokes."

The Filling Station discussed when and how to replace your timing belt.  They said,

"If you are rebuilding the Engine in your car or truck one of your many considerations is the camshaft. Should you replace it or is it still good enough to use? Camshafts are a lot more complex than many of us realize. For one thing, the top of the camshaft lobes are not flat across the top, Rather they are tapered so that it will cause the lifters in the engine block to rotate. If they are not allowed to rotate freely... without that taper, the camshaft will go completely flat in minutes. 

Along with the Cam lobes being tapered the lifters have a crown on them. the center line on the cam lobe and the lifter is offset slightly so that the lifter and the cam align in such a way that causes the lifter and pushrods to spin slowly while the engine is running. In fact, if your engine is running you can remove the valve cover (OHV) then wipe the push rods on one side and run a felt marker up and down the push rod (you are only removing oil from the push rod so that the marker will show) After you have marked them. start the engine with valve cover still off and watch the felt lines. If the camshaft and lifters are all rotating then your cam is probably good. I say probably because that test Only tells us that it's good for the moment but a thorough inspection will be needed after the teardown. (keep lifters and pushrods together and numbered so that they can be installed in the same location upon reassembly)."

We hope this auto maintenance by miles guide will help you keep your vehicles in tip-top shape!

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