Check it every month. Replace it when it becomes dirty or as part
of a tune -up.
Battery Extreme caution should
be taken while handling a battery since it can produce explosive
gases. It is advisable not to smoke, create a spark or light a
match near a battery. Always wear protective glasses and gloves.
Belts and Hoses Inspect belts
and hoses. Replace glazed, worn or frayed belts. Replace bulging,
rotten or brittle hoses and tighten clamps. If a hose looks bad,
or feels too soft or too hard, it should be replaced.
Brake Fluid Check the brake
fluid monthly. First wipe dirt from the brake master cylinder
reservoir lid. Pry off the retainer clip and remove the lid or
unscrew the plastic lid, depending on which type your vehicle
has. If you need fluid, add the correct type and check for possible
leaks throughout the system. Do not overfill.
Engine Oil Check the oil after
every fill up. Remove the dipstick, wipe it clean. Insert it fully
and remove it again. If it is low, add oil. To maintain peak performance,
the oil should be changed every 3,000 miles or 3 months, whichever
comes first. Replace the oil filter with every oil change.
Exhaust Look underneath for
loose or broken exhaust clamps and supports. Check for holes in
muffler or pipes. Replace the rusted or damaged parts.
Lights Make sure that all your
lights are clean and working, including the brake lights, turn
signals and emergency flashers. Keep spare bulbs and fuses in
Oil Filter To maintain peak
performance, change oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles, whichever
comes first. Replace oil filter with every oil change.
Power Steering Fluid
Check the power steering fluid level once per month. Check it
by removing the reservoir dipstick. If the level is down, add
fluid and inspect the pump and hoses for leaks.
Shock Absorbers Look for signs
of oil seepage on shock absorbers, and test shock action by bouncing
the car up and down. The car should stop bouncing when you step
back. Worn or leaking shocks should be replaced. Always replace
shock absorbers in pairs.
Tires Keep tires inflated to
recommended pressure. Check for cuts, bulges and excessive tread
wear. Uneven wear indicates tires are misaligned or out of balance.
Transmission Fluid Check transmission
fluid monthly with engine warm and running, and the parking brake
on. Shift to drive, then to park. Remove dipstick, wipe dry, insert
it and remove it again. Add the correct fluid, if needed. Never
Washer Fluid Keep the windshield
washer fluid reservoir full. Use some of it to clean off the wiper
Wiper Blades Inspect the windshield
wiper blades whenever you clean your windshield. Do not wait until
the rubber is worn or brittle to replace them. They should be
replaced at least once per year, and more often if smearing occurs.