OIL, FILTERS, FLUIDSEngine Filter and Oil Changes
Check level with engine off at every fill up.
For maximum engine life, change oil and filter every 3 months or 3000 miles.
COOLANT (ANTIFREEZE)Check current levels at reservoir – do not open a hot radiator cap.
If low, add manufacturers suggested coolant /antifreeze mix for your vehicle.
Change coolant every 2 years or 24,000 miles.
BELTS AND HOSESInspect all hoses at every oil change. Replace leaking, brittle, cracked, rusted or swollen hoses.
Check the V-belts and serpentine belts for condition of and tension.
Replace cracked, frayed, glazed or any belts showing signs of wear.
Review manufacturers suggested timing belt replacement. Usually between 60,000 to 90,000 miles – Not following the manufactures suggested timing belt replacement, could result in serious engine damage.
STEERING, SUSPENSION & TIRESInspect steering and suspension system annually. Including shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts, ball joints, tie rod ends, and all other components. Replace any parts if found leaking, damaged or loose.
Check tire pressure, including the spare, monthly
Check tire tread for wear, cuts or bruises on the sidewalls
Always keep tires inflated to proper tire pressure.
Replace tires if worn or damaged
CHASSIS LUBRICATIONSome newer cars are lubed-for-life – others still require this service.
Steering and suspension may require periodic lubrication.
EXHAUST SYSTEMInspect exhaust for any leaks, damage and broken supports. Inspect for any loose parts or unusual noises.
Exhaust leaks, depending on where they occur, can contaminate the passenger compartment with deadly carbon monoxide gas. Never leave passengers in a car running for extended lengths of time.
BRAKE SERVICECheck entire brake system at least once a year. Inspecting brake linings, pads, rotors and drums.
BRAKE FLUIDCheck brake fluid with engine off or running.
If frequent topping off is required, inspect brake linings for leaks.
Replace brake fluid every 2 years or 24,000 miles.
FUEL FILTERCheck fuel filter for any restriction or water contamination. Sediment in fuel filters shortens the life of the fuel pump.
Recommended replacing fuel filter every 2 years or 24,000 miles