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9 Simple Ways to Keep Your Car Performing Well

woman checking under the hood and doing routine maintenance

Face it - some drivers do a better job than others when it comes to sticking to a car maintenance schedule.

For example, drivers generally have their car brakes checked, but they don’t always do it as frequently as they should.

Below are 9 routine maintenance tips to help you keep your car running smoothly.

  1. Check the brakes every 12 months/12,000 miles.
  2. Change the air filters every 12 months /12,000 miles.
  3. Change the coolant (antifreeze) every 12 months /12,000 miles.
  4. Check the spark plugs every 12 months /12,000 miles.
  5. Wash the car (to remove road salt and grime) every month.
  6. Change the oil every 3 months /3,000 miles
  7. Check tire pressure and condition every month.
  8. Check the battery, including terminals and cables every 3 months /3,000 miles.
  9. Check the engine belts every 3 months /3,000 miles.

To see how well drivers are doing with sticking to the schedule above, check out the Toco National Car Maintenance Infographic.

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