Thursday, September 13, 2007


Car Care Checklist
This is customary for the majority of drivers and vehicles. However, always look at your owner's manual for specific recommendations from your vehicle manufacturer.
Oil, Filters, Fluids
Engine 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.
Chassis Lubrication
*Many newer cars are lubed-for-life--many others still require this service.
*Steering and suspension components may require periodic lubrication
Fuel Filter
*Replace is restricted or water contaminated. Restricted fuel filters shorten life of fuel pump.
*Replace filter every 2 years/24,000 miles.
Engine Air Filter
*Inspect filter at each oil change.
*Replace annually or when torn, water or oil soaked, dirty or showing other signs or wear.
Automatic Transmission Fluid
*Check fluid level with engine running and transmission in park or neutral, depending on manufacturer instructions.
*For maximum performance, change every 2 years/24,000 miles.
Differential, Manual Transmission and Transfer Case (if equipped)
*Check fluids at each oil change.
*Replace fluids every 4 years/50,000 miles using factory recommended lubricant.
Windshield Washer Fluid
*Check fluid level monthly
*Use washer fluid only.
Power Steering Fluid
*Check fluid with engine off using either 'Full Cold" or "Full Hot" indicator lines on dipstick.
*If frequent topping off is required, inspect for leaks and replace if contaminated.*Replace fluid every 2 years/24,000 miles.
Cabin Filter
*Replace annually, or more often in areas with heavy airborne contaminants or whenever heating or cooling efficiency is reduced.
Coolant (Antifreeze)
*Check level at reservoir -- never open a hot radiator cap.
*If low, add 50/50 mix of approved antifreeze/coolant and distilled water.
*Change coolant every 2 years/24,000 miles, on most vehicles.


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