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 owners manual and/or on dipstick. For maximum
performance, change every 2 years or 24,000 miles,
or as directed in the owners manual.
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 lining, rotors
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.
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
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, ad 50/50 mix
of approved antifreeze and distilled water. Change
coolant annually on most vehicles.
Inspect filter at each
oil change. Replace annually or when leaking, torn,
water or oil soaked, dirty or showing other signs
Oil and Filter
Check level with engine
off at every fill up. For maximum engine life, change
oil and filter every three months or 3,000 miles or
as directed in your owner's manual. Use specified
oil grade and weight.
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
Inspect hoses at each
oil change and replace when leaking, brittle, cracked,
rusted, swollen, or restricted.
Replace bulb immediately
if light is out. CHeck fuses first.
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.
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 included
uneven tire wear and excessive bouncing after bumps.
Inflation and Condition
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 or damaged.
Check fluid level monthly.
Some vehicles have two reservoirs. Do not use water.
Use washer fluid only.
Replace every six months
or when cracked, cut, torn, streaking or chattering.