Evanston

2620 Green Bay Road, Evanston, IL, 60201

(847) 869-3200

Wilmette

1201 Green Bay Road, Wilmette, IL, 60091

(847) 251-3888

Northbrook

280 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, IL, 60062

(847) 498-0505

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HEART Certified Auto Care - Best Practices

Car Care Schedule

Keep your vehicle operating at top performance

To maintain the value, safety, and performance of your vehicle, it's important to keep up with routine maintenance consistently. Regular service will help you prevent major, costly problems down the road and a record of routine maintenance history can help improve the car's resale value, too. But most people are not car or engine experts, so don't have a very clear idea of what needs service, when, and how often.

Many manufacturers will recommend a 30-60-90 schedule when it comes to car maintenance. That means: inspecting, changing, or replacing various components at 30,000, 60,000, and 90,000 miles. However, this system doesn't encompass everything, because many components like rubber gaskets, hoses, windshield wiper blades, and tires wear out at irregular intervals based on driving habits.

Recommended car care schedule

Many modern cars let you know when certain components need changing or service. However, it's not always clear why the check engine light may be turning on or what it's indicating. To help you out, below is a list of service schedule recommendations from HEART Certified Auto Care. It's important to note, though, that the vehicle's manufacturer's maintenance recommendations and warranty requirements may differ, so always be sure to consult your owner's manual.

Headlights & Small Bulbs Check Weekly
Battery 6,000 Mile Inspection
C-V Boots 6,000 Mile Inspection
Tire Rotation 5,000 Miles
Wheel Alignment 6,000 Mile Inspection
Air Filter 12,000 Mile Inspection
Breather Filter 12,000 Mile Inspection
Canister Filter 12,000 Mile Inspection
Cooling System Service 12,000 Miles/12 Months
Emission Service 12,000 Mile Inspection
Engine Analysis 12,000 Mile Inspection
Engine Tune-Up (Non Computer) 12,000 Miles
Exhaust Parts 12,000 Mile Inspection
Fuel Filter (Carburetor) 12,000 Miles
Fuel Filter (Injection) 12,000 Miles
PCV Valve 12,000 Miles/24 Months
Shock Absorbers 12,000 Mile Inspection
Steering Parts 12,000 Mile Inspection
Struts & Cartridges 12,000 Mile Inspection
Wheel Bearings Repack Seals (Non-Drive Axle) 12,000 Miles
Wiper Blades 12,000 Mile Inspection
Air Conditioning Service 24,000 Miles/24 Months
Brakes 24,000 Mile Inspection
C-V Joints 24,000 Mile Inspection
Drive Axle Bearings & Seals 24,000 Mile Inspection
Engine Tune-Up (Computer) 24,000 Miles
Fan/Accessory Belts 24,000 Miles
Fuel Injector Cleaning 24,000 Miles
Power Flush Cooling System 24,000 Miles
Suspension Parts 24,000 Mile Inspection
Transmission Service 24,000 Miles/24 Months
Oxygen Sensor 30,000 Mile Inspection
Cooling System Hoses 36,000 Miles/36 Months
Universal Joints 36,000 Mile Inspection
Vacuum Modulator 36,000 Miles/36 Months
Timing Belts 60,000 Miles/48 Months


No matter what type of maintenance or repairs your car needs, you can bring it in to one of HEART Certified Auto Care's three Chicago area locations, HEART Certified Auto Care Wilmette, HEART Certified Auto Care Evanston, or HEART Certified Auto Care Northbrook. Our certified technicians are highly trained and we offer complimentary courtesy shuttles and loaner cars to make your visit as convenient as possible.

  • Evanston, IL
  • 2620 Green Bay Road, Evanston, IL, 60201
  • (847) 869-3200
  • Mon – Fri: 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM
    Sat: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Wilmette, IL
  • 1201 Green Bay Road, Wilmette, IL, 60091
  • (847) 251-3888
  • Mon – Fri: 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM
    Sat: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Northbrook, IL
  • 280 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, IL, 60062
  • (847) 498-0505
  • Mon – Fri: 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM
    Sat: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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