Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Car maintenance intervals

This pic is quite old but this was by far my favorite car: a manual transmission
'85 Honda Accord. I still miss it! I bought that car with 100k miles on it
and then drove it for the next 13 years with no major issues.

We interrupt this regular broadcast of my favorite quotes & photos with a handy car maintenance list. I compiled this from several sources when I had trouble finding one complete source that covered ALL of the kinds of car repair maintenance I'd done on my car.

Because I wished this resource had been out there so I could keep track more easily, I typed it up for anyone else who wants to keep track! This also helps when getting oil changes and they ask if you'd like a coolant flush or brake flush -- if you keep track of what you've done and when, you'll know whether or not the car is due. Enjoy!

Please let me know if I should add anything else: comment here or email Thanks!

Car PartCar Maintenance interval
Oil filter5,500 miles
Rotate tires6k
Fuel filter10k
Crankcase vent filter12k
Air filter12k
Cabin filter12k
Power steering flush24k
Vapor canister filter24k
Transmission fluid filter & flush24k
Brake pads and rotors30-40k
Serpentine belt / v belt30-40k
PCV valve30K
Spark plugs / ignition wires30k
Coolant flush30k
Differential service30-60k
Shocks / struts35-40k
Battery 40-50k
Drive belts40-60k
Radiator hose40-60k
Battery 48k
Valve cover gasket50-100K
02 sensor50-60k
Muffler / pipes50-80k
Tires50k, ~5 years or whenever tread is low (should not be able to see Lincoln's head on a penny). This also applies to the spare tire too.
Timing belt60-100k
Window motors60-90k
Brake calipers / shoes70-90k
Control arm / ball joint70-90k
CV / universal joint70-90k
Fuel pump70-90k
Water pump70-90k
washer pump70-90k
Tie rods70-90k
Heater core70-90k
Front axle70-90k
Voltage regulator80-100
engine computer80-100
Alternator & belt80-100k
A/C compressor80-100k
Power steering pump80-100k
Fuel injectors100k
Catalytic converter100k
ignition module100k
Radiator 100k
Tensioner pulley100k

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