Car Maintenance Tips: Part I

Check The Oil, Filters, And Fluids

Oil should be checked at every fill-up, and for maximum engine life, it should be changed according to the owner’s manual (usually every three months or 3,000 miles). Brake, transmission, power steering, coolant, and windshield washer fluids should also be checked regularly. Your car’s filters, including those for the transmission, fuel system, and interior ventilation, need regular inspection and replacement.

Inspect Hoses At Each Oil Change

Have them replaced when leaking, brittle, cracked, rusted, swollen, or restricted. Check V-belts and serpentine belts for looseness and condition, and have them replaced when cracked, frayed, glazed or showing signs of excessive wear. You should replace the timing belt between 60,000 and 90,000 miles, unless the owner’s manual specifies a different interval. This will help to avoid a breakdown or serious engine damage.

Check The Brake System

Check the brake system every year and have the brake linings, rotors, and drums inspected every time you change your oil.

Check The Battery Connections

The battery connections should be clean, tight, and corrosion-free. The battery should be securely mounted. If it is three years old or more, the battery should be tested and replaced if necessary. A quick and easy way to clean battery connections is by using Coca-Cola!

Inspect The Exhaust System

Check the exhaust system for leaks, damage, and broken supports or hangers if there is an unusual noise. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and must be corrected without delay.