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New Years Resolution: Better Car Care

Tips on How to Practice Better Car Care - Protect Car & Wallet

An estimated 3.4 million Americans endure a daily "extreme commute" of 90 minutes or more each way to work according to the U.S. Census Bureau. For all of those drivers wondering what their New Year’s resolution should be, forget about giving up chocolate or exercising more — you’ve tried that already. Instead, adopt a resolution that you can keep and one that will benefit you, your car and your wallet. This year, make a resolution to practice better car care habits to help keep your vehicle in good condition and avoid preventable car repairs.

Responsible car care habits are crucial to keeping a vehicle in good running condition and helping drivers and passengers stay safe on the road. The following maintenance calendar from Firestone Complete Auto Care provides a handy reference to help you keep your 2006 New Year’s resolution.


  • Weekly — Antifreeze

  • Monthly — Belts, Brake fluid, Hoses, Power steering fluid, Tires and Transmission fluid

  • Every two months — Air filter

  • Every three months or 3,000 miles — Change oil

  • At every oil change — Battery

  • Every other fuel fill-up— Engine oil, washer fluid, front and rear lights

  • Replace when worn or leaking Shock absorbers

  • Yearly — exhaust, wiper blades

    Firestone Complete Auto Care is owned and operated by BFS Retail & Commercial Operations, LLC (BFRC). BFRC operates the largest number of company-owned automotive retail generalist stores in the world. MasterCare® technicians perform part repairs and replacements, routine scheduled maintenance services, and a variety of diagnostic services covering major systems within a vehicle.

  • BFS Retail & Commercial Operations, LLC is headquartered in Bloomingdale, Ill., and operates more than 2,200 consumer and commercial vehicle service and tire locations across the United States and Canada, including the Firestone Complete Auto Care, TiresPlus, ExpertTire and GCR Tire Centers store locations. The company’s credit card operations are also part of BFRC.

    To learn more about driving tips and maintenance or Firestone Complete Auto Care locations, visit