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CAR CARE TIPS

Recommended Service Intervals

Once a week (or at each fill-up)
Check your oil, water, wiper fluid, engine coolant/antifreeze level, and tire condition and pressure.


Once a month
Check Inspect transmission fluid and brake fluid, windshield wiper blades, and power steering fluid. Review condition of belts, hoses, and battery cables.

Every 3 months or 3,000 miles
Change oil, oil filter, and air filter. Inspect engine drive belts, shock absorbers, and all lights on vehicle. Check battery.

Every 6 months or 6,000 miles
Check the brake system, and inspect and/or rotate tires. Review condition of clutch system (manual transmissions), and chassis lubrication.

Once a year
Have underbody flushing performed, and service engine cooling system (which should include inspecting the radiator, water pump, fan belt, thermostat(s), radiator cap, and anti-freeze). Check accelerator control system, and lubricate doors, locks, hinges, and parking brake.

15,000 miles
Inspect automatic transmission. Change auto transmission fluid and filter.

30,000 miles or 2 years
Change spark plugs and fuel filter, inspect spark plug wire, check engine timing

Auto Repair Links

American Automobile Association

• Auto Care Center 3.0

• Automotive Tips

• AutoSite

• CarSmart.com

• Consumer Reports Online: Cars & Trucks

• EHow: How to Find an Honest Mechanic

Federal Consumer Information Center

KarKare

• MSN CarPoint

• Popular Mechanics

• Understanding Your Car