According to some recent studies, 5% of all motorist fatalities are caused by neglect to the automobile maintenance recommendations. Read the recommended inexpensive preventive checks below to greatly extend the life of your vehicle, ensure safer operation, and maybe even benefit the environment.
Please remember to always check your vehicle's owner's manual for specific service schedules. Maintenance requirements may vary slightly by manufacturer.

  • By keeping your engine tuned you can avoid a common fuel efficiency reducer. A fouled spark plug or plugged/restricted fuel injector can reduce efficiency up to 30%. Costing you big in the long run.
  • The best rule of thumb is to have the oil filter changed regularly - every 3,000 to 4,000 miles. Another helpful rule and time saver is to have all fluids checked while getting your oil changed.This includes brake, power steering, windshield washer solvent, transmission/transaxle and antifreeze. All of these fluids are necessary in the safety and optimal performance of the vehicle.
  • The least expensive preventive and safety maintenance is to check tire pressure once a month. An under-inflated tire can result in a loss of fuel efficiency and a rough ride.
  • To extend the life of the suspension system you should have the chassis lubricated frequently.
  • Check the battery for corrosion and clean it away as needed. Unless you have a maintenance-free battery the fluid should be checked and filled when needed.
  • Check all your vehicle's lights frequently. I.E. headlights, turn signals, brake and taillights. Avoid a ticket and keep yourself visible to others as well as making others visible to you.
  • Make sure you have the best and most safe visibility by checking windshield blades for cracks, tears and proper contact. It is recommended to replace them at least once a year, sooner if streaking begins.
  • You should have engine belts inspected on a regular basis. Worn belts will affect the engine performance and could cause major injury or death due to vehicle accident. Look for cracks and tears and nicks along the edges.
  • Have the air filters checked every other oil change for clogging or wear. Less about safety, A clean air filtration system ensures that the vehicle is performing at it's most efficient.

Here we have divided the common recommended maintenance/inspection components into two categories. Monthly and every 3,000 miles.


Automatic Transmission Fluid
Check level with engine running and transmission in park. If low, add type of ATF specified in owners’ manual and/or on dipstick. For best results change every two years or 24,000 miles.

Brakes and Brake Fluid
For best results, have the entire brake system – including brake linings – inspected at every other oil change.

Cabin Air Filter
Replace annually, more often in areas with heavy airborne contaminants.

Check Engine Light On
If light comes on while driving or remains on, your engine may have an emissions or sensor problem and should be checked by a professional technician. If light flashes, the condition is more severe and must be checked immediately to prevent catalytic converter damage.

Coolant (Antifreeze)
Check level at reservoir. Do not open hot radiator cap. If low, add 50/50 mix of approved antifreeze and distilled water.

Replace bulb immediately if light is out.

Tire Inflation and Condition
Inflate tires to recommended pressure. Replace tires if worn or damaged. Remember to check the spare. Check pressure of all tires including the spare. Check tread for wear and for cuts or bruised along the sidewalls.

Windshield Washer Fluid
Check level every other fill up. Some vehicles have two reservoirs. Do not use water. Use waster fluid only.

Every 3,000 Miles

Battery and Cables
Battery should be securely mounted. Battery connections should be clean, tight and corrosion-free. If your car’s battery is three years old or more, it should be replaced.

Check for looseness, cracks or glazing. Replace V-belts every four years/36,000 miles. Replace serpentine belts every four years/50,000 miles, or sooner if needed. Replace belt per interval specified in owner’s manual. Typically, this is at 60,000 miles. Not replacing the belt as required could cause a breakdown or serious engine damage.

 Chassis Lubrication
Many newer cars are lubed-for-life, some still require this service. Replacement steering and suspension components require periodic lubrication.

Engine Air Filter
Replace yearly, or when dirty. Inspect annually, more often if driving and road conditions dictate.

Inspect for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers if there is an unusual noise. If you suspect a problem, have it inspected immediately by a professional technician.

Fuel Filter
On cars with carburetors, replace the filter once a year. On cars with fuel injection, replace the filter every two years or 24,000 miles.

Inspect for leaks, cracks or bulges, sponginess, brittleness and swelling. Replace hoses at lease every four years.

Power Steering Fluid
Check the fluid with the car warmed up. Add approved type if low. If regular topping off is required, have system inspected for leaks.

Shock Absorbers and Struts
Inspect for leaks, damage and loose mounting hardware. Replace if worn, damaged or leaking. Have checked by a professional at lease once a year.

Wiper Blades
Replace when streaking or chattering.

Oil and Filter should be checked monthly and changed at least every 3,000 miles.
Check level with engine off at every fill up. Change oil and filter every 3,000 miles or 3 months. Use specified oil grade and weight.

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