Car Maintenance Schedule

Mechanic with clipboard for maintenance

Whether you are driving a new Buick, GMC or pre-owned vehicle, keeping up with a regular car maintenance schedule is essential. While different factors determine when a vehicle needs to receive service, such as body style and driving habits, there is a standard schedule that can serve as a useful guide for maintaining your vehicle. By following this schedule, you can ensure your vehicle receives the care it needs.

If you have any questions concerning a car maintenance schedule or a specific GMC maintenance schedule, contact the service team at Ray Dennison Buick GMC in Pekin.



Standard Car Maintenance Schedule

Below is the standard car maintenance schedule that can serve as a guideline for multiple vehicle body styles such as sedan, crossover, SUV, van, or truck.

Every three months or 3,000 miles:

  • Check automatic transmission, power steering, and wiper fluid levels.
  • Inspect engine oil and air filter.
  • Examine belts, exhaust, and hoses for signs of wear and tear.
  • Verify the functionality of all lights, both inside and outside the vehicle.
  • Replace the fuel filter if necessary.
  • Monitor tire pressure and check for tire tread wear.

Every six months or 6,000 miles:

  • Inspect the car battery and cables for corrosion or damage.
  • Apply chassis lubrication to ensure smooth functioning.
  • Assess the condition of the windshield wipers and replace them if needed.
  • Polish the vehicle to maintain its appearance.

Every 12 months or 12,000 miles:

  • Evaluate the brake system for any potential issues.
  • Check coolant levels and top off if necessary.
  • Examine transmission fluid levels.
  • Inspect the steering and suspension components for optimal performance.

Monthly Car Maintenance

While we recommend that major maintenance tasks be performed by Buick, GMC service professionals at our service center in Pekin, there are several routine tasks you can perform at home on a monthly basis to maintain your vehicle’s condition. 

  • Double-check if the check engine light is on.
  • Keep the interior and exterior clean and free of debris.
  • Verify that all interior and exterior lights are functioning properly.
  • Regularly check tire pressure and tread depth.
  • Ensure the windshield wiper fluid is filled.

Why Follow a Car Maintenance Schedule?

Now that you understand the basics of a car maintenance schedule, you may wonder what it’s important to implement. Following a regular car or GMC maintenance schedule offers several benefits for drivers in Morton and Peoria. By staying on top of maintenance tasks, you ensure that your vehicle continues to perform optimally. In addition, regular service allows service technicians to identify and address potential issues or repairs before they escalate, saving you time and money in the long run.

Additionally, being aware of your maintenance schedule allows you to assess whether you need to bring your vehicle in for maintenance earlier than scheduled, especially if you frequently use your vehicle. It is equally beneficial for those who may not utilize their vehicle often but want to ensure that all components are in top shape when they hit the road for work or travel.

Utilize the Service Department at Ray Dennison Buick GMC 

Now that you understand the importance of a car maintenance schedule and a GMC maintenance schedule, you can trust that your sedan, crossover, SUV, van, or truck delivers reliable and efficient performance in Bloomington.

At Ray Dennison Buick GMC, our certified technicians are committed to keeping your vehicle in prime condition. We offer quick turnaround times and provide service discounts and coupons to help you save. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our dealership and experience the exceptional service we provide.


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