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Vehicle Preventive Maintenance

Regularly maintaining your vehicle is a great way to ensure safety on the road. It will also save you unnecessary costs and inconvenience in the future. Be sure to check your owners manual before performing any kind of maintenance on your car.

On the Surface:

Windshield Wiper Blades – These should be changed once a year or when you can tell they are smearing or skipping.

Lights – Brake lights, turn signals, emergency blinkers, headlights and fog lights should all be clean and working properly. Keep extra bulbs and fuses on hand.

Tires – Check your owners manual, not your just your tires, to find the recommended tire pressure. Also, check tires for holes, tears and tread wear. Make sure the nuts and bolts fit snugly.

Leaks – Check under the car and around the car for any evidence of fluid leaks.

Look Underneath – Look for loose or broken exhaust clamps or supports and make sure to check the muffler and exhaust pipes for any damage or holes.

Mirrors – Check for damage on all mirrors.

Under the Surface:

Coolant Levels – WARNING: Make sure your radiator is cool BEFORE removing the radiator cap. Fill the reservoir to the marked level with a 50/50 solution of anti-freeze and water.

Hoses and Belts – Once a month, check all hoses and belts. If there they are worn or frayed then replace them.

Transmission Fluid – Once a month, leave your car on, put on your parking brake and check the transmission fluid level. DO NOT OVERFILL!

Engine Oil – After every other fuel up, check oil levels. For your vehicles best performance, change the oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles or 3 months, whichever comes first.

Air Filters – Check the air filter once a month, and change it if it’s dirty or at your next tune up.

Brake Fluid – Check monthly, and add the approved type when needed, checking for leaks in the system.

Windshield Wiper Fluid – Check occasionally and make sure it’s above freezing level.

Check Battery – With every tune up, ask the mechanic to check for corrosion on the battery.

Power Steering Fluid – Check once a month and fill as needed. Also, check hoses and pumps for any leaks.

In addition to checking the above list, periodically take your car to a mechanic for a thorough check up. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

 

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