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Preventive Maintenance

Regular preventive maintenance is probably the single thing you can do as a car owner to keep your ride happy and save money on repairs in the future.  However, not everyone agrees on what preventive maintenance is, what you should do, and when you should do it.  Let's try to clear that up, and give you some tips that will apply to any vehicle.

Anyone who's ever worked on cars or spent a ton of money getting their car repaired will tell you:  Don't ignore preventive maintenance.  The basics, like changing your oil, checking your tire pressure, and getting scheduled inspections and work done are like getting regular checkups at the doctor.  They keep you healthy and give you—and the experts—a chance to catch anything serious before it becomes a major problem.  With your car, that can save you thousands.

*** One of the Most important issues is to Read Your Owners Manual ***

Do your own inspection

It's basic, but give your car a once-over periodically so you catch anything that looks out

of the ordinary.  Regular inspection is once a year.

Learn to check your fluids

Inspect and get your timing and serpentine belts replaced when necessary

Check your oil and get it changed regularly  (How often: read your owners manual)

Check your battery and clean the contacts (if necessary)

Replace your windshield wipers when the view gets streak-y

Replace your cabin air filter  (How often: read your owners manual)

Replace your engine air filter

Get your tires rotated and balanced, and your alignment checked

Change your spark plugs  (How often: read your owners manual)