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The Ultimate Car Maintenance Checklist

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Nobody likes pulling out their wallet to pay the mechanic, but the reality is that proper car maintenance is crucial to your safety and that of your family. Failure to ensure your vehicle is functioning properly can increase your chances of getting into a serious auto accident and sustaining injuries.

While there is some significant work that your vehicle may need done periodically, there are small and inexpensive tasks that you can do to properly maintain your vehicle. Below are some maintenance tips that you will want to remember.

Signs That Your Vehicle Might Need a Checkup

While newer vehicles may have internal lights that indicate whether you need maintenance on a certain auto part, there are also other signs that may mean there could be a problem. Some of the warning signs include:

  • Stalling or not accelerating quickly
  • Slow starting
  • Bad smells coming from the vehicle when driving or starting
  • Unexplained vibrations or sounds
  • Worse than normal mileage
  • Smoke coming from the vehicle

If you notice any of the above signs, you should take your vehicle into the mechanic right away for an inspection. They can diagnose any problems your car is experiencing and work to get it fixed so you are not driving a dysfunctional vehicle.

How Often You Should Get Maintenance Done

As we mentioned above, avoiding major repairs at the mechanic can often be done when you proactively ensure your vehicle has what it needs on a daily basis. Here is how often you may need certain routine maintenance done:

Check Monthly

  • Engine oil
  • Coolant/antifreeze
  • Tire pressure and depth
  • Vehicle lights
  • Hoses
  • Battery

Check Every 3-6 Months

  • Transmission fluid
  • Air filter
  • Power steering fluid
  • Belts
  • Engine oil filter

Check Every 6-12 Months

  • Chassis inspection and lubrication
  • Wiper blades
  • Horn
  • Spare tire
  • Wheel alignment

We’re Here If You Ever Need Us

In short, while maintaining your vehicle is a financial investment, it’s also an investment in your family’s safety. We hope that this list will help you stay safe while on the road.

If you or a family member is, in fact, injured in a serious auto accident in Northern California, know that the legal team at Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley is here to stand in your corner and guide you through the claims process from start to finish. When you choose us to represent you, you choose legal advocates who will fight relentlessly to get you the compensation you deserve.

Contact our Chico car accident attorneys at (530) 413-0245 to get started with a no-fee, no-obligation consultation today!

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