Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

Preparation

  • Clear out enough time in your schedule to do this properly.
  • Use the proper ones; using a butter knife as a screw driver doesn't always work.
  • Find a safe place to do the maintenance, preferably not in the middle of the street.
  • If you're doing some maintenance chore for the first time, read the directions carefully, or have someone do it with you.
  • Ensure that you have all the correct supplies you need; oil, transmission fluid, etc. before you start.

Gear

Equipment

Things to Plan For

Vehicle maintenance is simple for some people to do, and for others, it is not.  While it is not hard, consider the fact that one must practice safety while maintaining a car.  Tools and engines and belts and such things can be intimidating for a novice, while others are well meaning but all thumbs and awkward with no ability to use the tools.  Thinking about safety will help, and maintenance will be much easier. Safety regarding vehicle maintenance begins with using the proper tools in the first place.  In other words, don't use a hammer to dislodge a nut that is wedged on too tight.  Using a well-placed ratchet to loosen it will do the trick.  Using a tire jack to lift the car up instead of a couple of metal crates is better, and far safer. Taking care of your vehicle by using this checklist is good for your own safety.  And, respecting other drivers by using the vehicle maintenance checklist for everyone's safety is a great thing.

Tips

Keep in mind that some vehicle maintenance in bad weather is possible, if it is done inside a garage, with the door sealed shut.  Of course, that means that the car can’t run, so that no carbon monoxide is put off to endanger the maintenance person. Ensuring that oil changes are done on a regular basis, and tires changed out should be just one part of the vehicle maintenance checklist. Rotating out headlights and changing brakes are also important parts of safety so that other drivers don’t run into you.  Simple things like these pay off for the vehicle’s long term safety and usage, and keeps maintenance costs down.  As your skills and understanding of the vehicle maintenance checklist begin to increase, your level of safety will also.  Remembering to use the appropriate tools, will be a good start.