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Car Maintenance Checklist

Does your car go to the doctor as regularly as you do — for oil changes, tune-ups, and inspections? Or are you running on a tire and a prayer — hoping to God the thing doesn’t die on you in the middle of a long trip? Get organized and get on a regular maintenance schedule!

Check Each Month

Checkmark-Iconoil level — add oil if low and check for leaks

Xmark-Iconhoses — replace if bulging, rotten, or brittle

Checkmark-Iconbelts — replace if worn, frayed, or glazed

Xmark-Icontire pressure — add air if low

Checkmark-Iconcoolant or antifreeze — add more if low

Xmark-Iconair filter — replace if dirty

Checkmark-Iconinspect tires for leaks, damage, bulges, or uneven wear

Check Every 3 Months

Xmark-Iconoil and oil filter — change every 3,000 miles

Checkmark-Iconwindshield washer fluid — add fluid if low

Xmark-Iconbattery and power steering fluid — add fluid if low

Checkmark-Iconbrake fluid — add fluid if low

Xmark-Icontransmission fluid — add fluid if low

Checkmark-Iconbattery terminals and cables — clean if corroded

Check Every 6 Months

Xmark-Iconwiper blades — replace if worn, brittle, or smeary

Checkmark-Iconmake sure headlights, brake lights, and turn signals work

Xmark-Iconmake sure horn works properly

Checkmark-Iconinspect brakes for wear and tear or “slippage”

Xmark-Iconmake sure spare tire is fully inflated

Checkmark-Iconinspect exhaust system for rust, damage, or loose parts

Xmark-Iconinspect shock absorbers for oil seepage or wear

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Ramona Creel is an award-winning 15-year veteran organizer and member of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. As well as having birthed “The A-To-Z Of Getting Organized,” Ramona is also the author of “The Professional Organizer’s Bible: A Slightly Irreverent And Completely Unorthodox Guide For Turning Clutter Into A Career”—and the creator of more than 200 “quick-start” business tools and templates for use by productivity professionals. She writes seven different blogs, has worked with hundreds of clients, and has delivered scores of presentations on getting organized. Ramona resides on the roads of America as a full-time RVer—living and working in a 29-foot Airstream. Learn more at and

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