Preventative Maintenance Tips
Preventative maintenance by making routine inspections on your vehicle is an essential step in defensive driving. Most of the checks and services can be done at little or no cost. Best of all, the checks are done easily and quickly to save time, money and inconvenience in the future. Always refer to your owner’s manual when performing any maintenance task to your vehicle. Following are suggested preventative maintenance that you can perform:
UNDER THE HOOD
- Check the coolant level weekly. Some cars have transparent reservoirs with a level marking. Fill to level marking with 50/50 solution of anti-freeze and water. CAUTION: NEVER OPEN THE RADIATOR CAP WHEN ENGINE IS HOT
- Inspect belts and hoses monthly. Replace worn, glazed and frayed belts.
- Check transmission fluid monthly while the engine is warm and running, and parking brake is on. DO NOT OVER FILL!
- Check engine oil every other fill up. To maintain top performance, change your oil every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever comes first. Replace the fuel filter.
- Check the air filter every month. Replace it when it becomes dirty or with every tune-up.
- Check brake fluid monthly. If the fluid needs filled, add the approved type and check for possible leaks in the system.
- Check windshield wiper fluid. In the winter, keep an eye on the freezing point of the fluid.
- Check the battery regularly. With every tune-up, have the mechanic check the battery. Make sure it has no corrosion and the cables are attached securely.
- Check power steering fluid monthly. Inspect the pump and hoses for leaks.
AROUND THE CAR
- Inspect windshield wiper blades. Blades should be replaced once or twice a year or when smearing or chattering occurs.
- Make sure all lights are clean and working. This list includes brake, turn and emergency flashers. Keep spare bulbs and fuses in vehicle.
- Keep tires inflated to recommended pressure. Check the tires for holes, rips, tears and excessive tread wear. Also check the nuts and bolts to make sure they are tight and firm.
- Look around and under the car for any leakage.
- Look underneath the vehicle for any loose or broken exhaust clamps or supports. Check for holes in muffler or pipes.
- Check all mirrors around the vehicle.
These preventive maintenance tips are not a replacement for taking your vehicle to a professional mechanic for a check-up. Take good care of your vehicle and it will take care of you.
Any recommendations provided on this web site are general in nature. Woodward Tire recommends that you always consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual, the vehicle manufacturer or an associate at Woodward Tire for specific vehicle recommendations. The names and descriptions of services on this site are general in nature.