Car Maintenance Calendar

It’s important to give your vehicle the proper TLC through the year. This car maintenance calendar is a guide for inspections and tune-ups you should do every month.

Car Maintenance 101

Besides occasional oil changes and the odd wash, your car needs proper attention and care throughout the year — if not from yourself, then from a qualified mechanic. Regular and seasonal maintenance helps to prolong your vehicle’s life, and also helps to enhance its performance and resale value. This suggested schedule can help you start your own maintenance calendar.

Monthly Maintenance, Jan-Aug


January and February

Your car’s heating system is essential during the thick of winter. Make sure your rear defroster is working, and prevent your fuel line from freezing by keeping the gas tank at least half full.


Spring is in the air, which means it’s time to give your car a good spring cleaning. After months of slush, snow, and salt trailing into your vehicle, you’ll want to vacuum the floors and seats, then use an upholstery cleaner to work out stubborn stains. You should also lubricate the door hinges, which may sound creaky after a few months of wetness and ice.


The sun is up, the sky is blue, so it’s the perfect time to make your car sparkle and shine. A good wash and wax will help protect your vehicle’s body and paint job, so at least twice a year, wax your vehicle with a soft terry cloth after a thorough wash. In the end, waxing will help prolong the shine of a vehicle’s paint, and provide protection against harsh environmental factors.


Blooming flowers and growing weeds mean allergy season is in full swing. This is a good time to check your car’s cabin air filter to make sure it’s still in good shape; if not, pollen, dust, and other allergens could be making their way into your car. You should replace your filter every year, so consider making May the month to care for your air filter.


It’s halfway through the year, so it’s time for mid-year maintenance.
Things to consider:
• If you have all-season tires, they should be rotated every six months to balance tread wear along all four wheels
• It’s heating up, so check the coolant level when the engine is cold, keeping an eye out for any leaks
• Some car owners’ manuals might suggest a thicker oil for summer driving, so brush up on what type of oil you should use before your next oil change
• Inspect the rubber hoses for cracks by squeezing the hose with your hand
• Inspect your drive belts to assess wear and proper tension amongst the pulleys
• Inspect the battery connection for dirt and corrosion, which can hurt the performance of the electrical system, as well as the battery’s lifespan
• Lubricate chassis parts, like the steering and suspension components

July and August

You don’t want to be stuck in the middle of a heat wave without any air conditioning, so now is a good time to do a full vehicle check before heading out on summer road trips.

Monthly Maintenance, Sept-Dec



While it’s still nice out, take some time to give your car another good wash and wax in preparation for winter. While you’re at it, check all your fluids, paying extra attention to your oil, transmission and power steering.


October can be sunny and mild, or it can also be riddled with early snowstorms. You should stock up on winter windshield washer fluid before temperatures drop and snow hits. Often coloured blue, winter fluid has de-icing properties and works well in sub-zero temperatures.


Depending on where you live, you’ll want to swap your all-seasons for winter tires. Winter tires have better traction on snow-covered roads, which helps you to keep better control of your car through the thick of the season.


It’s right time of year for snowstorms and freezing rain, so you’ll want windshield wipers that can keep up with Mother Nature. Swap your old wipers for winter blades, which are made with beefed-up construction to lift the heavy snow, and a protective rubber boot to prevent clogging so you can see your way out of the winter wonderland.

Frequent Maintenance

Along with the regular monthly maintenance schedule above, there are parts of your car that you should check frequently:
• Tire pressure
• Tire tread for wear and tear
• Headlights, taillights and signal lights
• Windshield washer fluid
• Engine oil (make sure to change according to your owner’s manual)
• Oil filter (change it with every oil change)
• Wash your car to remove dirt and debris

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