According to recent studies, 5 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities are clearly caused by
automobile maintenance neglect. The following simple and inexpensive preventive checks will
greatly extend the life of the vehicle, ensure safer operation and even benefit the environment.
Always consult your owner's manual for individual service schedules because maintenance requirements vary by manufacturer.

Always consult your owner's manual, but a good rule of thumb is to have the oil filter
changed regularly - every 3,000 to 4,000 miles.

Have all fluids checked, including brake, power steering, transmission/transaxle,
windshield washer solvent and antifreeze. These fluids play a large role in the safety and
performance of the vehicle.

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.

Keep your engine tuned. A fouled spark plug or plugged/restricted fuel injector can
reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 30 percent.

Have the chassis lubricated frequently. This step extends the life of the moving
components of the vehicle's suspension system.

Check battery cables and posts for corrosion and clean them as needed. The battery fluid
also should be checked and filled if it is low, unless it is a maintenance-free battery.

Have the lighting system checked frequently, including headlights, turn signals, and brake
and taillights.

Check windshield washer blades for cracks, tears and windshield contact. Replace them at
least once a year, or sooner if streaking begins.

Inspect engine belts regularly. Worn belts will affect the engine performance. Look for
cracks and missing sections or segments.

Have the air filtration system checked frequently. The air filter should be checked every
other oil change for clogging or damage. This system ensures that the vehicle is
performing at its peak condition.
Vehicle System or Component
Check Monthly
Check Every 3,000 Miles
Automatic Transmission Fluid
 
Battery and Cables
 
Belts
 
Brakes and Brake Fluid
 
Cabin Air Filter
 
Chassis Lubrication
 
Check Engine Light On
 
Coolant (Antifreeze)
 
Engine Air Filter
 
Engine Oil and Filter
 
Exhaust
 
Fuel Filter
 
Hoses
 
Lights
 
Power Steering Fluid
 
Shock Absorbers and Struts
 
Tire Inflation and Condition
 
Windshield Washer Fluid
 
Wiper Blades
 
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