Auto mechanics using a vehicle maintenance checklist

How to Build Your Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

If you own a car, building a vehicle maintenance checklist is one of the things we cannot recommend highly enough.

There are plenty of reasons why you need to have a vehicle maintenance checklist; here are just a few:

  • Stay on track with your vehicle maintenance so you don’t forget anything.
  • Get the longest life from your vehicle.
  • Increase the resale value because you have incredibly well-documented maintenance records. Buyers will trust that your car is in tip-top shape, so you can command top money.
  • It helps to prevent expensive repairs because it’s being maintained instead of neglected.
  • Improves your vehicle’s safety. If your car breaks down on the road, you can be put into unsafe conditions. If your tires are bald, you can get a blow-out or lose grip of the road and crash, etc….



1. Check the oil and look for leaks.

2. Check your hoses and belts. Look for worn or frayed belts and cracked, brittle or bulging hoses.

3.  Check to make sure your tire pressure is in the optimal range according to the manufacturer’s suggestions.

4.  Make sure your coolant/antifreeze is at optimal levels. This can cause big problems for many people. Don’t be one of them.

Quarterly or Every 3,000 Miles

1. Change and replace the oil filter.

2. Check your battery cables for corrosion and clean them if they need it.

3. Check windshield washer fluid and wiper blades. Replace and refill if needed.

4. Check your other fluids, such as power steering, brake, and transmission fluid. Add if needed, monitor for low levels which could be signs of leaks.

5. Check your air filter and replace if needed.

6. Make sure your temperature gauge is in the normal range while driving.  If not, take action immediately.

Semi-Annually or Every 7,000 Miles

1. Check your headlights, brake lights, turn signals and your horn to ensure they are all functioning properly.

2. Check shock absorbers for both wear and oozing or seepage. If you see anything, take action.

3. Check the brakes for wear, deep grooves, or a lip cutting into the disk’s outer edge.

How to Keep Track Of It All

The key is to have a way to remember to check all these things. We have therefore made a checklist for you in PDF format. Simply print this as many times as you want so you can keep on top of your vehicle maintenance.

Click here to download it now.

Stay vigilant with regular maintenance and your vehicle will serve you well.

About Chad Ina

Chad Ina


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    great spot no 5*

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    Very good needed to be in print, but I think that item the Semi Annually or Every 7,000 Check your headlights, brake lights, turn signals and your horn, should be put into the Monthly segment, as the average motorist will keep driving in the dark till the last parking light goes dark! Check your lights needs to be spelt out in very large print.

    And in the Quarterly or Every 3,000 segment to change the Oil filter without changing the oil is not cost effective. Especially as cars built since are 2001 having longer and longer periods between Oil changes due to better oil and better tolerances on the engines

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