Here are a few tips to help you keep your vehicle in top operating condition.
Follow your vehicle manufacturer's recommendations as outlined in your owner's manual. Typically you should have your oil and oil filter changed every 3,000 miles.
Your vehicle has a number of important fluids that are critical for safety and performance of the vehicle. These include engine oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission/transaxle fluid, windshield washer solvent and antifreeze. Have them all checked regularly.
Check tire inflation. Under-inflated tires can result in a loss of fuel efficiency. This is the least expensive form of preventive and safety maintenance. Tires should be checked once a month.
A dirty spark plug or a plugged fuel injector can reduce fuel economy by up to 30 percent. Keep your engine in proper tune.
Your vehicle's suspension has a number of moving parts that require regular lubrication. Doing so will extend the life of these critical components.
Battery terminals and cables can develop corrosion, which will reduce your vehicle's ability to start. Don't wait to discover this some chilly winter morning! Check battery cables and posts for corrosion and clean as needed. Non 'maintenance-free' should be have their fluid level periodically checked.
Your vehicle's lighting is important to your safety. Have the lighting system checked frequently, including headlights, turn signals, brake and tail lights. Replace as needed.
Windshield wipers wear out over time and exposure to the elements. Check for streaking, cracks, tears and misalignment. A good rule of thumb is to replace them once a year at the onset of winter.
Have your vehicle's engine belts inspected on a regular basis. A broken belt can have disastrous consequences. Look for cracks and missing sections or segments and replace as needed.
Your vehicle's engine needs unrestricted airflow for proper performance. Have the air filtration system checked frequently for clogging or damage. Doing so will help ensure that your vehicle is performing at peak condition.
Vehicle requirements vary greatly, so be sure to always consult the vehicle owner's manual for individual service schedules.