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Car Maintenance Tips for Teen Drivers

July 19, 2013

Teenage driving car maintenance tips

Here are some practical car maintenance tips for teen drivers. The suggestions and recommendations in the car maintenance checklist below can easily be carried out by any learner teen driver. Simply print out the table and use it as a reference.

Car maintenance checklist

The “required knowledge” column specifies the information the teen driver should know or should be aware of. The action items are suggestions only. If any recommendation is contrary to any advice given in the owner’s manual, it is extremely important that the teen driver must comply with the owner’s manual.

Recommended Frequency Part Required Knowledge Action List
Once a month Tires Load limits of tires Check tire pressure
Maximum permissible inflation pressures

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Tires Maximum wear and tear of tire tread (usually 1/16 of an inch) Check tire thread

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Tires Owner’s manual recommendation for rotating tires Rotate tires

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Mud flaps (splash guards) None Check mud flaps for wear and tear and replace if necessary

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Wheels and hub caps None Use wheel cleaner to remove stains

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Wheels Owner’s manual advice on wheel alignment Check wheel alignment every 30,000 miles or after buying new tires

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Water tank Owner’s manual recommendation for water tank level Check level of water tank

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Wipers Owner’s manual recommendation for wipers Check wipers. Use only washer fluid to reservoir

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Brake fluid Owner’s manual recommendation for brake fluid Check fluid level and top up brake fluid

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Once a week Interior None Vacuum interior, wipe gauges with damp cloth

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Floor mats and carpet None Blast mats with hose and use stain remover to remove stains on carpet

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Leather and fabric seats Owner’s manual recommendation for protecting leather / fabric seats Use leather cleaner / fabric cleaner to clean seats and sealant for leather protection

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Door and window seals Owner’s manual recommendation for seals Use rubber protectant on seals (not oil-based product)

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Exterior None Wax car exterior to protect paint

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Exterior Owner’s manual recommendation for exterior paint May use self-adhering urethane films to protect contact parts of exterior

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Immediately on occurrence Door and window seals Owner’s manual recommendation for weatherstripping Repair leaks immediately by using sealant or adhesive

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Nicks None Touch up paint nicks and scratches immediately

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Chips None Repair small windshield chips immediately

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As required Roof Load limit of roof and weight limit of roof rack Check for wear and tear if roof or roof rack is used frequently. Protect from scratches and dirt by covering with blanket

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Paint None Wax car exterior to protect paint