Preventive Maintenance is key to maintaining your vehicle. Care of your vehicle will deliver the performance, lasting value and enjoyment you need and expect. Anyone who's ever worked on cars or spent a ton of money getting their car repaired will tell you: Don't ignore preventive maintenance. The basics should be changing your oil regularly, checking your tire pressure, fluid levels, filters, belts, wiper blades, brakes, and other parts and components as indicated by your vehicle maintenance guide.
OIL, FILTERS & FLUIDS
Oil change and filter are recommended every 3,000 miles/ 3 months, especially if you regularly make short distance drives. For automatic transmissions, brakes, power steering and axles, vehicle specific fluids should be used. Coolant should be changed every 2 years or 24,000 miles.
Tip: Regular oil changes are your best investment toward the longevity of your engine.
A routine tune-up will restore your care to its normal operating state, and contribute to the overall efficiency of the engine and emissions system. Depending on spark plug type, spark plugs are usually recommended replacement from 30,000 to 100,000 miles. Replace the fuel and air filters. This is also a great time to inspect belts and hoses. Drive belts and serpentine belts are crucial to replace every 3-4 years or 40,000-50,000 miles. If the belt snaps, this may leave you stranded and causing engine damage.
Tip: Tune-ups can be your best assurance of good performance and fuel economy.
BRAKES & TIRES
Brakes and tires are a normal wear items for any vehicle. Have your braking system and tires inspected at each oil change. The typical brake service consists of brake pad and/ or shoe replacement. Depending on condition of rotors or drums, replacement may be necessary. Tire inflation should be checked once a month. Tire rotation is recommended every 6,000 miles/ every other oil change.
Tip: The brake system is your vehicle's most important safety system.