Summer is almost here and most of us will be heading out for summer vacations and trips with our families. Because summer is the biggest travel season, the Car Care Council wants to remind everyone of the importance of car maintenance. A car that is well-maintained is less likely to break down. Car maintenance can also help avoid car accidents due to mechanical failure.

Car Maintenance and Service Guidelines

The Car Care Council has developed a general timeline for car maintenance and service. Even though the following guideline applies to most vehicles and most situations, drivers should always consult the vehicle owner’s manual for specific recommendations regarding car care, maintenance and service.

Check Immediately

Any systems or equipment indicated by dashboard warning lights. If you have a warning light, do not ignore it. Immediately have this checked by a qualified technician. If you ignore the warning light, you may end up with a more expensive repair.

Check Every Month

You should check the following on a monthly basis:

  • The condition of your tires and tire inflation
  • Engine oil level
  • Windshield Washer fluid
  • All exterior and interior lights

Every Three Months

The following systems and equipment should be checked every 3,000 miles or every 3 months, whichever comes first:

  • Automatic Transmission fluid
  • Belts
  • Batteries and cables
  • Engine air filter
  • Change engine oil
  • Hoses
  • Power Steering fluid
  • Exhaust

Every Six Months

Every six months or 6,000 miles, whichever comes first, add the following items to your checklist:

  • Chassis lubrication
  • Wiper blades

Every Twelve Months

Every twelve months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first, you need to perform a comprehensive maintenance and service check including all of the following:

  • Automatic Transmission fluid
  • Battery and cables
  • Belts
  • Brakes
  • Cabin air filter
  • Chassis lubrication
  • Antifreeze (coolant)
  • Engine air filter
  • Change engine oil
  • Exhaust
  • Hoses
  • All interior and exterior lights
  • Power Steering fluid
  • Steering and suspension
  • Tire inflation and condition
  • Wheel alignment
  • Windshield Washer fluid
  • Check and/or replace wiper blades

What Should I Do If I Am Injured In A Car Accident?

Car crashes occur every day. If you are in a car accident, you need to seek immediate medical care. If you do not require emergency medical assistance, you still should see your doctor as soon as possible. You may have injuries that are not easily diagnosed without seeing your doctor. Your health is your top priority.

When someone causes a motor vehicle accident, that person is liable for any damages and injuries caused by the accident. In most cases, the driver’s insurance company pays for the accident victim’s damages. Unfortunately, insurance companies are in business to make a profit; therefore, they try to pay the least amount possible to settle an accident claim. It is in your best interest to consult with a Fresno car accident attorney to ensure you are receiving a just and fair settlement. It is free so you have nothing to lose by getting legal advice before you settle a car accident claim.

Schedule a Free Consultation With a Fresno Car Accident Attorney

Our experienced car accident lawyers represent clients in Fresno, CA and throughout the Central California Valley. Call Torem & Associates at 1-800-954-4444 to speak with a knowledgeable staff member. You may also chat with a representative online or use our convenient online contact form to schedule your free consultation.