For most people their vehicle is the second biggest investment. Protecting it can go along way in saving money on extensive repairs down the road and keeping its value high. We recommend you follow some kind of maintenance plan. Each manufacturer has its own maintenance schedule that you can follow. The Car Care Council has a free guide that you can get. Check out their website for the guide. I’ve also posted their most common routine maintenance recommendations below.
– Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
– Check the brake system annually and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change.
– Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
– Check the hoses and belts to make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear.
– Check the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system as proper heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and safety reasons, such as defrosting.
– Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.
The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers.