What Should Be on Your Car Maintenance Checklist?

November 30th, 2019 by


Performing regular maintenance on your vehicle is the key to avoiding expensive repairs and keeping it on the road for years to come. But car maintenance is not just something to do every once in a while. It’s an ongoing process that should be adhered to on a regular basis. As such, it can be easy to forget about. 

To help you stay on top of your vehicle’s maintenance, we’ve created a checklist for you below. Use this checklist to create a system that makes car maintenance part of your routine. 

Car maintenance checklist


Keep your fluids topped off and changed out as needed. These include:

  • Engine oil
  • Coolant
  • Transmission fluid
  • Brake fluid
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Radiator fluid
  • Power steering fluid


You’ll typically notice if a headlight goes out, but you likely won’t know if a taillight or brakelight fails until you get ticketed. Fortunately, there are several ways you can check, even without any help.

  • Headlights
  • High beam lights
  • Brake lights
  • Fog lights/driving lights
  • Turn signal lights


It doesn’t hurt to buy a battery tester and test out the life of your battery from time to time. This can be especially helpful during the winter as colder temperatures can take a toll on a battery’s charge. Also be sure to regularly check for corrosion on the battery terminals. 


Tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 7,500 miles to ensure an even wearing of the treads. Tire pressure should be maintained according to the recommended levels for your given tires and can be checked regularly using a tire pressure gauge. 


It’s a good idea to change out your oil filter every other time you have the oil changed. 

Windshield wipers

Replace your windshield wipers about once per year or as soon as you notice a compromise in their performance. 

Wash and wax

A good cleaning does more than just keep your vehicle looking like new. It can also protect the body against rusting and corrosion. 

Schedule Your Car Service at Schumacher

Whether it’s an oil change, tire rotation, or more, the team of expert technicians at your nearest Schumacher Auto Group location has you covered. Schedule a service appointment for your vehicle today and check out any service specials we may have available. Make Schumacher Auto Group the final item on your car maintenance checklist.

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