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Your quarterly car-care checklist

When it comes to vehicle maintenance, be sure to check the following every three, six, nine, and 12 months to keep your vehicle running smoothly:

Every three months
The three-month mark is a good time to check the automatic transmission fluid, battery, cables, dashboard indicator light, engine air filter, engine oil, exhaust, hoses, head and taillights, power steering fluid, tire inflation, and windshield washer fluid. This may seem like a lengthy list, but these are mostly things you normally keep an eye out for anyway.

Every six months
At the six-month mark, go over the three-month maintenance items as well as the chassis lubrication and the wiper blades. The chassis lubrication, if not properly functioning, can reduce the lifespan of the front-end parts. If wiper blades don’t function correctly, visibility during rainy conditions is drastically reduced and puts the driver and others in danger.

Every nine months
You guessed it—check the three-month-mark items again.

Every 12 months
If you’ve read this far, you know what to check again (hint: check the three-month items!). But be sure to add a review of your brakes, air cabin filter, coolant, steering and suspension capabilities, and wheel alignment to your list. Once all of these aspects are set and ready to go, you’ll be ready to take on the new year in your vehicle!

Most car owners know their vehicle must undergo maintenance and check-ups, but it is important to know what parts need attention and when. By following these guidelines, you’ll be able to lengthen your car’s lifespan and avoid any unexpected breakdowns that may occur.

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