As you rack up miles on your vehicle, general wear and tear to essential systems is inevitable. But if you stay on top of recommended routine maintenance and keep an eye out for any signs of bigger issues, it’s possible to keep your car running smoother, longer. The right maintenance intervals for your car depend on your driving habits, typical driving conditions, and the type and age of your vehicle, but this rough schedule should give you an idea of what to expect.
Every 3 to 6 months
Changing your oil regularly is one of the most important ways to maintain your engine. The recommended service interval depends on your vehicle and the type of oil you’re using, but there are a few guidelines to keep in mind. In an older car, you may need to change your oil and oil filter every 3 months or 3,000 miles. Newer cars may require less frequent oil changes, anywhere between 5,000 and 10,000 miles. When it’s time for an oil change, call Firestone Direct to have a mobile mechanic come to you to complete service when it’s convenient.
Every 3 months
The various fluids in your vehicle are essential to keeping the car functioning as it should. Fluid levels that are going down faster than normal can also indicate that something is wrong.
Keep an eye on your dashboard lights for an indication that fluids are low, and manually check these fluids every 3 months so you can top off when needed:
There are a few services that fall under the tire maintenance category, and they usually are done at different intervals. The bottom line is it’s important to pay attention to the condition of your tires and inspect them regularly. Here are four tire services that should be part of your maintenance schedule:
Checking your tire pressure can be quick and easy. Some vehicles have a dashboard light to indicate tire pressure issues. Older vehicles may require a manual check with a tire pressure gauge. Either way, get in the habit of verifying your tires are maintaining the proper tire pressure at least once a month. This will help maintain optimal handling and fuel efficiency and prevent abnormal tread wear.
You can find the right tire pressure for your vehicle in the owner’s manual or listed on a sticker placed either on the vehicle's door jamb, inside the glove box door, or on the fuel door. If you notice your tire pressure keeps dropping below the recommended levels, you may have a slow leak. The experts at Firestone Direct can inspect and repair your tires if needed.
Regular tire rotation helps ensure your tires wear evenly. It can also help you catch and fix other alignment and suspension issues before they cause additional, more expensive damage. Tire rotation involves taking each tire off and moving it to a different position on your vehicle. The right rotation pattern depends on the type of tires you have. The general guideline is to rotate your tires every 6 months or 5000 miles.
Misaligned tires can lead to uneven tread wear and cause your tires to wear out prematurely. If your vehicle is pulling to one side, that’s a tell-tale sign you need an alignment service. In the absence of symptoms, having the alignment checked once a year is a good practice.
There’s no guarantee for how long your tires will last, but on average, five to six years is typical. Uneven tread wear and low tread depth are major signs that it’s time to get a new set. After you purchase a set of tires on our website, we’ll deliver and install them in one service appointment.
At least once a year
A full brake inspection is recommended at least once a year. If you notice signs of worn pads like a squealing sound, the wheels locking up when you brake, vibration or pulsing, or a soft brake pedal, get your brakes checked immediately. Firestone Direct can come to you and inspect the brake pads, rotors, and brake fluid levels to determine next steps.
Once a year
Depending on your typical driving conditions, air filters can generally last up to a year. You can do a quick visual inspection every few months to make sure they are still healthy.
As a mobile mechanic, our service vans are fully equipped for inspections, routine maintenance and some repairs. Make an appointment, and one of our experts will come to you, wherever you are. That means you don’t have to take time out of your schedule to drive to the auto shop and wait for your vehicle to be serviced. We’re here to help you adhere to recommended service intervals and keep your car running smoothly.