Maintenance Schedules

Is your car at risk due to contaminated brake fluid? 88 percent of repair shops find that drivers fail to properly maintain brake fluid, according to a survey of AAA’s network of Approved Auto Repair facilities.

All brake fluid attracts moisture, which can cause the fluid to break down and perform poorly, particularly in emergency braking situations. Poor maintenance can lead to contaminated fluid, corroded parts and increased stopping distance.  If not specified by the owner’s manual, AAA suggests flushing the systems and replacing with new brake fluid every two years.

Today’s vehicles require less maintenance at less frequent intervals. Examples include:

  • Oil-change intervals are now recommended between 5,000 to 10,000 or more miles
  • Transmission fluids are designed to last more than 100,000 miles
  • Today’s sealed batteries never need to have water added.

To ensure your vehicle is properly maintained, AAA recommends that drivers:

  • Read the maintenance requirements set by auto manufacturers in the owner’s manual, which is the most accurate source for your vehicle’s maintenance needs.
  • Follow the recommendations of in-vehicle maintenance reminder systems for oil-change intervals and other services.
  • Enlist the help of a trusted repair provider to keep vehicle maintenance on track. Find a AAA Approved repair provider from the network of more than 7,000 listed on AAA.com.