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Your Monthly Car Maintenance Checklist

Date: Wed 10th January 2018   |   Author: L Blake

Your Monthly Car Maintenance Checklist 

If you’re keen to prolong the life of your vehicle and cut down on hefty repair costs in the process, you’ll find this monthly car maintenance checklist extremely handy. Your expert team here at AutoProtect has outlined the basic vehicle checks that you’ll want to perform on your vehicle. This will help your car remain healthy and safe to drive week in week out.

Monthly Car Maintenance Checks

Check the tyre pressure

It is important to check your tyre pressure as part of your monthly car maintenance checks. Neglecting your tyres can cause serious accidents.  You can find out the correct tyre pressure by checking your owner’s manual.

To test your tyre pressure, take off the dust cap on the valve and then attach a pressure gauge or pump. Now take note of the result. If you notice your tyre needs extra air, you can then inflate it using an air pump at home or at a petrol station.

Check the oil level

No monthly car maintenance checklist is complete without a quick check of your oil. Oil that has run low usually highlights a more severe engine issue, so it’s important that you check this on a monthly basis to highlight the problem early. You can check your oil level through the following steps:

  1. Firstly, make sure your engine is completely cold and that the vehicle hasn’t been in use for at least 10 minutes. Next, pull out the dipstick and wipe it off with a clean, lint-free rag.
  2. Now insert the stick back into the pipe.
  3. Remove the dipstick again. This time, you’ll need to note the condition of the oil and how high the oil goes up the dipstick. 

There should be marks to indicate the lowest possible level that oil should be. If it doesn’t meet this level you’ll need to top the oil up until it meets the maximum mark on the dipstick. If you’re in any doubt consult your owner’s manual. If the oil is dark or pure black then this indicates that your oil may need to change, so consult a garage. 

Change the oil

An oil change is one of the best preventative maintenance things you can do. You can arrange this by visiting a local garage, if your oil hasn’t already been changed during your latest car service. Refer to your owner’s manual on driving conditions as well the recommended time and mileage between changes.

Check the washer fluid level

It is not only illegal to drive with an empty bottle, it’s very dangerous! Keeping your washer fluid topped up protects your windscreen from grit, salt and dirt when driving. You can add washer fluid to your vehicle by opening the bonnet, locating the water fluid bottle and adding the liquid until you reach the fill line.

The monthly car maintenance checklist and 3000-mile checklist are part of a series of maintenance checks that you can carry out at home. Keep your eyes peeled for the next part of the series in which we look at checks to be carried out every 5000 miles. 

Check the coolant level

Antifreeze, which may also be known as coolant, is vital for keeping your engine at the correct temperature. Therefore it is advisable to check the coolant level as part of your monthly car maintenance checklist. Antifreeze will keep your car protected from temperatures as low as -37 degrees Celsius.

You should regularly make sure that your vehicle antifreeze levels are between the maximum and minimum. This will help avoid potential damage to the engine or radiators, which will be much more expensive to fix than the couple of pounds it costs to buy antifreeze. Make sure you use the correct antifreeze for your vehicle and remember that different types don’t mix well.

Find out more on how to refill antifreeze.

3,000 Miles Car Maintenance

Some vehicle checks might not need to be carried out as often as every month depending how many miles you drive. The following checks should be done every 3,000 miles or as part of your monthly car maintenance checklist if you complete a lot of miles on a regular basis.

Some vehicle checks might not need to be carried out as often as every month depending how many miles you drive. The following checks should be done every 3,000 miles or as part of your monthly car maintenance checklist if you complete a lot of miles on a regular basis.