Use this reference table below to identify key vehicle components and how often you should expect they will require maintenance attention. In the “Vehicle Maintenance Item” column, each item is hyper-linked to a “how to” video or other helpful resource.

Maintenance intervals described in AutoCheck are based on typical industry / auto-technician recommendations. Manufacturers specify items that must be maintained in a particular manner and frequency to ensure warranty coverage. To make sure you apply the correct schedule, consult your owner’s manual for maintenance frequencies. Talk to your mechanic for advice.

Vehicle Maintenance Item Mileage or Time
Engine Oil & Filter Change every 8,000 km or 4 months.
Engine Air Filter Inspect every 10,000 km or every 6 months. Replace as necessary but expect to get at least 25,000 km.
PCV Valve Inspect every 10,000 km, replace every 6 months to 1 year depending on use circumstances.
Fuel Filter Inspect every 25,000 km. Some recommend changing annually especially as vehicle ages (risk of rust accumulating in fuel tank increases).
Cabin Air Filter Replace every 50,000 km or every 2 years.
Automatic Transmission Service Change the Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) every 50,000 km or 2 years. Some manufacturers indicate it is not necessary to change the ATF; for optimal reliability consider changing the ATF regularly.
Air Conditioning Performance Check Annually, usually in the spring.
Coolant Hoses Visually inspect weekly. Unless damaged or exposed to severe service, these parts can last many years – 200,000 km and beyond.
Spark Plugs Consult your manual or technician but consider replacing every 50,000 km or 3 years (some high quality spark plugs can work well for 100,000 km).
Power Steering Flush Service Inspect annually. Some sources recommend replacing power steering fluid every 50,000 – 100,000 km.
Cooling System Flush & Refill Check coolant reservoir level weekly; replace coolant every 80,000-100,000 km.
Engine Timing Belt Replacement Between 100,000-160,000 km (when equipped) or 5-8 years
Chassis Lubrication Points (driveline, steering, doors, etc.). Lubricate every 8,000 km or 4 months.
Brakes Visually inspect every 10,000 km. Replacement frequency depends on how you drive – aggressive stop and go driving can wear out your brakes after 40,000 km; some drivers get 100,000 km.
Tire Rotation Every 10,000 km.
Wheel Alignment Have a technician check every 25,000 to 40,000 km; more frequently if you observe uneven tire wear or operate in rough conditions.
Wheel Balancing Upon installation of new tires. If done properly, tires should not require re-balancing unless weights are removed, or damage incurred (e.g. you strike the curb or deep pothole).
Steering Linkage, Ball Joints, Dust Covers Visually / manually inspect every 10,000 km. Unless damaged or exposed to severe service, these parts may last many years – 100,000 km and beyond.
Shocks & Struts Inspect every 80,000 km. Some original equipment shocks get weak after only 50,000 km. Struts should last 100,000 km.
Fuel, Power Steering & Brake Lines Visually inspect every 10,000 km or every 6 months. Unless damaged or exposed to severe service, these parts can last many years – 200,000 km and beyond.
Drive Axle Boots & Seals Check every 8,000 km or 4 months. See your mechanic when you notice cracked boots or leaking seals.
Front & Read Differential, Transfer Case Fluid (4WD) Change every 50,000 km, depending on frequency of 4WD usage.

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