Basic Maintenance Schedules

Every vehicle has its own set of individual characteristics. To keep these in tip-top condition, your vehicle will have a list of good maintenance best practices, developed by the manufacturer and described in your Owner’s Manual .

To give you a rough idea of some of the recommended periods to leave between different auto maintenance procedures, Car Care Canada have put together a set of general guidelines, but we recommend that you always follow your owner’s manual.

General Guidelines

Auto Maintenance Item Mileage or Time
Inspect lights and check tire pressure Monthly
Oil & filter change and chassis lubrication 5,000 km or 3 months
Under-hood belt and hose inspection 5,000 km or 3 months
Tire rotation and wheel balancing 10,000 km or every other oil change
Brake inspection 10,000 km or every other oil change
Replace air filter Inspect filter at every oil change or more frequently with heavy use
Replace fuel filter Every 20,000-40,000 km / 2 years
Automatic transmission service Every 40,000 or 2 years
Wheel alignment check  Between 20,000-40,000 km or as indicated by tire wear
Cooling system flush and refill Every 80,000-100,000 km
Belt and hose replacement Between 100,000-160,000 km or 5-8 years
Engine timing belt replacement Between 100,000-160,000 km (when equipped) or 5-8 years
Air conditioning performance check Annually, usually in the spring

What else does your vehicle need?

The maintenance services listed above are only the general services that apply to the majority of vehicles. It is possible that your vehicle may need more frequent checks and replacements than has been stated. This is because, just like their owners, vehicles have their own special requirements needed to keep them happy. Manufacturers will sometimes recommend unique maintenance measures, such as periodic flushing and refilling of the brake hydraulic system. The best way to find out is to have a good read through your owner’s manual or drop into Keizer’s  for our expert opinion.