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A Bit on Vehicle Maintenance Schedules

Owning a car is a lot of responsibility.  Obviously, you have to fuel it up and occasionally add some oil (and maybe some other things).  Depending upon the type and age of your car, too, you have to stick to a pretty rigid maintenance schedule, which can be both inconvenient and expensive.  Of course, you can save a little money—and perhaps get a little respect for the complex machine that simplifies your life in so many ways—by doing your own maintenance if you want.

And in order to do this right, you should first know what Cross Drilled Rotors components require regular check-ups and whether or not it is wise to do it yourself.

OIL (and FILTER)

Generally speaking you want to have your oil checked and changed either every 3,000 miles or every 3 months, whichever comes first.  Aside from fuel, this is probably the thing you have to do most often. This is important because oil keeps the engine lubricated but over time the filter gets used and deposits collect in the engine.  The quick (and cheap) job helps ensure longer engine life.

FUEL FILTER

It is tough to say, necessarily, just how often you absolutely need to check this but a sure sign is lagging fuel economy. If your car seems to be getting low mileage to the gallon, have this replaced.  In many cars, you cannot “check” the fuel filter: once you go in to look at it, you should just replace it.  A good rule of thumb is probably about once a year.

RADIATOR FLUID

Coolant/antifreeze is important but especially so if you live in particularly hot or cold climates.  Regardless of where you live, though, you want to have this checked—and maybe flushed out—about every 3 to 5 months (or between 3,000 and 4,000 miles).

TRANSMISSION FLUID

Of course, only cars with an automatic transmission will need this maintenance but, much like oil, you have to stay on top of this if you want your engine/transmission to run strong. Essentially, you should look to change this out about every other oil change (roughly twice a year).

AIR FILTER

Much like the fuel filter, you probably want to change the air filter out about once a year.  Unlike the fuel filter it is easy to do even though its priority is not as crucial as all the others.