Here are a few tips to help you keep your vehicle in top operating condition.
Follow your vehicle manufacturer's recommendations as outlined in your owner's manual. Typically you should have your oil and oil filter changed every 3,000 to 4,000 miles.
Your vehicle has a number of important fluids that are critical for safety and performance of the vehicle. These include brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission/transaxle fluid, windshield washer solvent and antifreeze. Have them all checked regularly.
Check tire inflation. Under-inflated tires can result in a loss of fuel efficiency and can lead to tire failure. Over inflation can cause uneven wear in the center of the tire. This is the least expensive form of preventive and safety maintenance. Tires should be checked once a month for proper inflation pressure and signs of uneven wear. Tires should be replaced prior to or when the tread is worn down to 2/32 of an inch.
Proper rotation of tires is a necessity. Always refer to your vehicle owner's manual for rotation recommendations. If no rotation period is specified, tires should be rotated approximately every 5,000 - 8,000 miles.
Refer to the "Be Tire Smart, Play Your Part" brochure provided by the Rubber Manufacturers Association. It is available at Keweenaw Automotive and can be accessed @ www.betiresmart.org.
A dirty spark plug or a plugged fuel injector can reduce fuel economy by up to 30 percent. Keep your engine in proper tune.
Your vehicle's suspension has a number of moving parts that require regular lubrication. Doing so will extend the life ot these critical components.
Battery terminals and cables can develop corrosion, which will reduce your vehicle's ability to start. Don't wait to discover this some chilly winter morning! Check battery cables and posts for corrosion and clean as needed. Non 'maintenance-free' batteries should have their fluid level periodically checked.
Your vehicle's lighting is an important to your safety. Have the lighting system checked frequently, including headlights, turn signals, brake and tail lights. Replace as needed.
Windshield wipers wear out over time and exposure to the elements. Check for streaking, cracks, tears and misalignment. A good rule of thumb is to replace them once a year at the onset of winter.
Have your vehicle's engine belts inspected on a regular basis. A broken belt can have disastrous consequences. Look for cracks and missing sections or segments and replace as needed.
Your vehicle's engine needs unrestricted airflow for proper performance. Have the air filtration system checked frequently for clogging or damage. Doing so will help ensure that your vehicle is performing at peak condition.
Vehicle requirements vary greatly, so be sure to always consult the vehicle owner's manual for individual service schedules.