Follow this simple schedule to keep up your car’s maintenance— keep yourself safe on the road.

By Kaitlyn Pirie
Updated June 17, 2020
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You treat your body well (kale salad! spin class!) in the hopes of warding off major health problems, but you may forget that your vehicle requires the same kind of attention. Preventative car maintenance can ward off costly, major repairs—just like following good car interior cleaning guidelines or using a car organizer can keep the inside of your vehicle from turning into a large, rolling trash can.

“Preventive maintenance keeps small issues from mushrooming into large—and expensive—ones,” says Jason Kavanagh, an engineering editor at the automotive site Edmunds. Here, you’ll find a car maintenance schedule for the auto parts that most frequently need replacing, including what you can expect to spend. (Fortunately, you’ll likely be able to pick up replacement parts at your local car repair store.)

Note that the prices and the time frames shown can vary. For the estimated total cost with labor included, which can change depending on your car’s make and model as well as your location, check with the NAPA AutoCare Center. And remember to consult your owner’s manual, which should have specific guidelines for your vehicle. If you’re ever in doubt about a repair (or whether you can DIY it), speak with a professional—when it comes to your car, it’s best to err on the side of caution.

Car maintenance schedule

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Windshield wiper blades

When to change them: Every six to 12 months.

Cost: $10 to $20 per blade.

Battery

When to change it: Every five years.

Cost: $60 to $150.

Brake pads

When to change them: Every 50,000 miles (as long as you don’t ride your brakes).

Cost: $50 to $100 total.

Accessory drive belt

When to change it: Every 50,000 miles.

Cost: $10 to $50 per belt.

Coolant hoses

When to change them: Every 75,000 miles.

Cost: $15 to $50 per hose.

Air filter

When to change it: Every 30,000 miles.

Cost: $15 to $50.

Tires

When to change them: Every 45,000 miles.

Cost: $50 to $400 per tire, depending on the model.