Are You Keeping Up with Basic Car Maintenance?

Not so long ago, it was not very likely you would get 200,000 miles out of your vehicle. But today’s cars have improved powertrains, rust prevention, lubricants, and other advanced technology that increases reliability and durability. With proper care, many newer cars can easily spin the odometer well beyond 200K.

Are You Keeping Up With Basic Car Maintenance

It would be nice if we could give you specific timeframes for maintenance, but with so many different schedules recommended for each model, it is just not possible. We can give you some basic car maintenance examples, but if you have questions, you can contact us, check the owner’s manual or look up your vehicle on Openbay’s online maintenance schedule finder.

7,500-mile Service: 4 X4 Ram Pickup Truck

All-terrain vehicles have complicated drivetrains and suspension systems that require regular maintenance. Oil changes should include injecting grease into the driveshaft and suspension grease fittings. Maintenance for the Ram also involves additional items only required for four-wheel-drive vehicles.

10,000-mile Service: Toyota Camry

Toyota recommends 10,000-mile oil-and-filter change intervals for Camrys. You may need to perform more frequent oil changes if you often find yourself in severe driving conditions, such as stop-and-go traffic, extreme heat or cold, dirt or gravel roads, frequent short trips, extensive idling, and towing. These can add impurities to the system, and you may need oil changes as often as 6,000-7,500 miles to clear out these contaminants.

24,000-mile Service: Mazda 3

The cooling system for the Mazda 3 should be flushed every 50,000 miles. Though it may not require replacing coolant until then, you should have the system inspected every 24 months or 24,000 miles. You should also check for leaks, degraded hoses, a functioning pressure cap, and sediment or rust in the coolant. You should also replace the cabin air filter.

50,000-mile Service: BMW 3-Series

There are no fixed mileage intervals for BMW. Service intervals are condition-based, depending on your driving. Because BMWs require expertise, you might want to work with a team that has spent decades providing automotive repair and maintenance solutions. We can make sure you stay on track with BMW maintenance, as well as most other makes and models.

60,000-mile Service: Jeep Grand Cherokee

Few carmakers ask you to replace the brake fluid, but Jeep requires that you change it out every 60,000 miles. Brake fluid sucks the moisture out of the air and becomes polluted by dust and other particles. It is critical to keep the system filled with fresh, clean fluid, especially for vehicles with ABS.

75,000-mile Service: VW Jetta

You must replace the timing belt on the Jetta at around 75,000 miles. That is down from earlier timing-belt recommendations of 105,000. Unfortunately, when a timing belt fails, it does more than leave you stranded on the side of the road. It can destroy your engine as moving pistons collide with motionless valves. For this reason, though expensive, changing the timing belt should not be ignored.

With such vast differences between vehicles, you need an honest, reliable automotive repair and maintenance partner that is looking out for you. Our skilled customer service professionals and highly trained mechanics get you back on the road with a perfectly-running vehicle, usually on the same day. How can we offer a 24-month/24,000-mile warranty on repairs and service? We can do it because our ASE-certified technicians always use the right parts, fluids, and equipment.

To keep your car on the road for 200,000 miles, request an appointment online, or call Bender’s Auto Care at 626-332-3022 today!