Cabin Air Filter
Replace annually or more often in areas with heavy airborne contaminants or whenever heating or cooling efficiency is reduced.
Check Engine Light On
If light comes on while driving or remains on, your vehicle may have an emissions or sensor problem and should be analyzed. If the light flashes, the condition is more severe and must be checked immediately to prevent catalytic converter damage.
Check the level in your reservoir. Never open a hot radiator cap. If low, add a 50/50 mix of approved antifreeze and distilled water. Coolant needs to be changed annually on most vehicles.
Windshield Washer Fluid
Check fluid level monthly. Some vehicles have two reservoirs. Do not use water. Use washer fluid only.
Inspect your filter during each oil change. Replace it if it is restricted, water contaminated or once a year on cars with carburetors. On cars with fuel injection, replace the filter every two years or 24,000 miles.
Replace the bulb immediately if light is out. Check your fuses first, though.
Power Steering Fluid
Check the fluid with the car warmed up. Add the correct type of fluid if levels are low. If frequent topping off is required, inspect for leaks and replace if contaminated.
Steering and Suspension
Have your system inspected annually, including shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts such as ball joints, tie rod ends and other related components. Replace if there are leaks, damages or if loose mounting hardware is found. Symptoms of worn suspension include uneven tire wear and excessive bouncing after bumps.
Battery and Cables
Batteries should be securely mounted. Battery connections should be clean, tight and corrosion-free. If the battery is three years old or more, it should be tested and replaced if necessary.
Check the entire brake system every year, including brake linings, rotors and drums.
Many newer cars are lubed for life, but some still require this service. Check your owner’s manual. Replacement steering and suspension components may require periodic lubrication.
Cleaning and Polishing
To prevent stripping the vehicle’s wax finish, use only automotive car wash products, not dishwashing liquids. Polish at least twice a year to maintain and protect the finish.
Engine Air Filter
Have your filter inspected at each oil change. Replace it annually or when leaking, torn, water or oil soaked, dirty or showing other signs of wear.
Inspect 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.
Inspect hoses at each oil change and replace if you notice leaking, brittle, cracked, rusted, swollen or restricted components.
Replace at the interval recommended in your owner’s manual or when other conditions dictate such as failing an emissions test. Some cars have an oxygen sensor replacement light that appears when oxygen sensor replacement is needed. 1996-model cars and newer have more than one oxygen sensor.
Typical replacement intervals range between 30,000 and 100,000 miles, depending on the vehicle and type of spark plug. Always consult your owner’s manual to see what you need for your specific vehicle.
Tire Inflation and Condition
Check the pressure of all tires, including the spare, at every oil change. Check the tread for uneven or irregular wear and cuts or bruises along the sidewalls. Inflate tires and maintain at the recommended pressure. Replace your tires if they are worn or damaged.