Automatic Transmission Fluid
Check fluid level
with engine running and transmission in park. If low, add the type
of automatic transmission fluid specified in the owner's manual and/or
dipstick. For maximum performance, change every 2 years or 24,000
miles, or as directed in owner's manual.
Battery and Cables
Battery should be securely mounted. Battery connection should
be clean, tight and corrosion free. If the battery is three years
old or more, it should be tested and replaced if necessary.
Check V-belts and serpentine belts for looseness and condition.
Replace when cracked, frayed, glazed or showing signs of excessive wear.
Replace timing belt per interval specified in owner's manual.
Typically, this is 60,000 to 90,000 miles. Not replacing the belt
as required could cause a breakdown or serious engine damage.
Check the entire brake system every year, including brake linings,
rotors and drums. Flushing the brake fluid in your vehicle can
prolong the life of the brake lines by keeping water out of the system.
Cabin Air Filter
Replace annually, or more often in areas with heavy airborne
contaminants or whenever heating or cooling efficiency is reduced.
Many newer cars are lubed-for-life; some still require this service.
Check owner's manual. Replacement steering and suspension
components may require periodic lubrication.
Check Engine Light On
If light comes on while driving or remains on, your vehicle may have
an emissions or sensor problem and should be analyzed. If light
flashes, the condition is more severe and must be checked immediately to
prevent catalytic converter damage.
Cleaning & Polishing
To prevent stripping the vehicle's wax finish, use only automotive
car wash products, not dishwashing liquids. Polish at least twice
a year to maintain and protect the finish.
Check level at reservoir. Never open a hot radiator cap.
If low, add 50/50 mix of approved antifreeze and distilled water.
Change coolant annually on most vehicles.
Engine Air Filter
Inspect filter at each oil change. Replace annually or when
leaking, torn, water or oil soaked, dirty or showing other signs of
Engine Oil and Filter
Check level with engine off at every fill up. For maximum
engine life, change oil and filter every 3 months or 3,000 miles or as
directed in your owner's manual. Use specified oil grade and
Inspect for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers if there is an
unusual noise. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and must be
corrected without delay.
Inspect filter at each
oil change. Replace if restricted or water contaminated or once a
year on cars with carburetors. On cars with fuel injection,
replace filter every two years or 24,000 miles.
hoses at each oil change and replace when leaking, brittle, cracked,
rusted, swollen or restricted.
immediately if light is out. Check fuses first.
Replace at interval as recommended in owner's manual or when other
conditions dictate, such as failing an emissions test. Some cars
have an oxygen sensor replacement light that appears when oxygen sensor
replacement is needed. 1996 and newer cars have more than one
Power Steering Fluid
Check the fluid with the
car warmed up. Add correct type of fluid if low. If frequent
topping off is required, inspect for leaks and replace if contaminated.
Typical replacement intervals range between 30,000
and 100,000 miles, depending on the vehicle and type of spark plug.
Always consult your owner's manual for your specific vehicle.
Steering and Suspension
Inspect system annually; including shock
absorbers, struts and chassis parts, such as ball joints, tie rod ends
and other related components. Replace if leaks, damage and loose
mounting hardware are found. Symptoms of worn suspension include
uneven tire wear and excessive bouncing after bumps.
Check the pressure of all tires, including the
spare, at every oil change. Check the tread for uneven or
irregular wear and cuts or bruises along the sidewalls. Inflate
tires and maintain at recommended pressure. Replace tires if worn
Windshield Washer Fluid
Check fluid level
monthly. Some vehicles have two reservoirs. Do not use
water. Use washer fluid only.
every six months or when cracked, cut, torn, streaking or chattering
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