When you own a vehicle, you are responsible for maintaining it. That much is probably obvious. What is probably not quite so obvious is just what this “maintenance” entails. For the most part, automobile maintenance is simply a matter of following a Cross Drilled Rotors schedule and making an appointment to see a mechanic when the time is right. Of course, it is possible to do some of the work yourself, but, in general, here is a list of what you should check/change and about how often you should do it.
OIL and OIL FILTER
It is advised that you get this checkup about once every 3 months or 3,000 miles, which is the schedule you should follow for changing your oil. This is the most consistent system check you will make as most other fluids or systems require checks or replacement less often. Over time, deposits build up in your engine and this helps to ensure things continue to run smoothly.
The thing about the fuel filter is that you might not be able to check it like you can other filters. Indeed, you simply need to know the replacement schedule for your fuel filter and simply have it changed as required. If you are not sure when you should replace it, pay attention to your fuel economy: if it starts to dwindle, there is a good chance you need to change the fuel filter.
Most cars, these days, use a combination coolant/antifreeze for the radiator. Regardless of what you are using, though, you want to check this about once every 3 to 5 months (about 4,000 miles).
If you have an automatic transmission, you need to check and possibly replace this fluid every 3 to 6 months. About every other oil change, then, you should be concerned about replacing your transmission fluid, as it provides lubrication to your automatic transmission in a way similar to that of oil in the rest of the engine.
You can expect to change your air filter about once a year. This is, perhaps, the least important of all your filters but you will notice a performance in power and fuel economy when you have a clean air filter as all combustion engines need a clean spark to start and operate properly; and a clean air filter insures your engine is only getting the cleanest oxygen.