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The following chart is a suggested vehicle maintenance schedule. You should also refer to your vehicle OWNER'S MANUAL for your the appropriate maintenance schedule.

Type of Service
Tune up*
Oil, filter & lube
4 months
Brake inspection
Each year
Automatic transmission service
2 years
Manual transmission service
3 years
Coolant flush & change
2 years
Wheel bearing pack
as needed
Valve adjustment (if applicable)
Timing Belt (if applicable)
see owner's manual
8 years
Cooling system hoses
4-5 years
Accessory belts
4 years
Idle air control service or throttle cleaning
2 years
Brake system flush (non anti-lock)
3 years
Brake system flush (anti-lock)
2 years
Power steering fluid flush
Differential/transfer case service
3 years
Engine thermostat
3 years
Tire rotation
6-8 months
Air filter
every other
oil change
Fuel filter
2 years
Wiper blades
1 year
*This may not apply to newer vehicles.

Did You Know?

If your CHECK ENGINE light comes on, try tightening the gas cap. If the light stays on, it could be an emissions problem. Take your vehicle to an ASE-Certified mechanic as soon as possible to have it checked. Thalmann Service Center is an ASE-Certified shop and can service your vehicle for any emissions problem. The ASE Certification is important because it is the one certification that requires technicians to be tested on a regular basis.

Don't have your owner's manual handy? The web site has some good information on vehicle maintenance and troubleshooting problems. You can even sign up for service reminders via email.


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The key to keeping your vehicle's repair costs low is regular maintenance. Here are simple, inexpensive things you can do EACH MONTH to keep your vehicle running efficiently – and some of these hints can save you money!

  • Check tire pressure & tread wear
  • Check oil level; change regularly
  • Check air filter; replace regularly
  • Inspect belts & hoses for cracks or excessive wear
  • Replace wiper blades each year
  • Keep a record of all maintenance
  • Run the A/C in the winter


Tire Pressure: Keep a tire pressure gauge in your glove box and check your tires every month. To get the most accurate reading, check tire pressure when the vehicle has been sitting at least 3-4 hours. Your car's recommended tire pressure is usually marked on a sticker inside the driver's door frame -- or in the owner's manual (if your tire size is the same as the original equipment). Do not inflate your tires to the pressure listed on the tire itself. That number is the maximum pressure the tire can hold, not the recommended pressure for the vehicle.

Oil Changes: With the demise of full-service gas stations, most of us now drive for months without ever opening the hood of our vehicle. This could be bad for your car and your wallet. Check your oil every month or every other gas fill-up, if that's easier to remember. Follow the owner's manual for scheduled oil changes and your vehicle will last longer and cost you less in the long run. And don't forget the air filter. This allows your engine to breathe efficiently. Change the air filter every 20M miles.

Log It: Keep a log of all maintenance and repairs done to your vehicle. Keep the receipts with the log so you'll know who did the work and when. Not only will this help you remember what was done and when, it is a big plus if you decide to sell your car.

Air-Conditioning: Remember to run your air-conditioning every few weeks (yes, even during the winter!) to keep your cooling system running efficiently.