Car Care Tips

**Always consult your owner’s manual for individual service schedules because maintenance requirements vary by manufacturer.**

  • Always consult your owner’s manual, but a good rule of thumb is to have the oil filter changed regularly – every 3,000 miles.
  • Have all fluids checked, including brake, power steering, transmission/transaxle, windshield washer solvent and antifreeze. These fluids play a large role in the safety and performance of the vehicle.
  • Check tire inflation. Under-inflated tires can result in a loss of fuel efficiency. This is the least expensive form of preventive and safety maintenance. Tires should be checked once a month.
  • Keep your engine tuned. A fouled spark plug or plugged/restricted fuel injector can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 30 percent.
  • Have the chassis lubricated frequently. This step extends the life of the moving components of the vehicle’s suspension system.
  • Check battery cables and posts for corrosion and clean them as needed. The battery fluid also should be checked and filled if it is low, unless it is a maintenance-free battery.
  • Have the lighting system checked frequently, including headlights, turn signals, and brake and taillights.
  • Check windshield washer blades for cracks, tears and windshield contact. Replace them at least once a year, or sooner if streaking begins.
  • Inspect engine belts regularly. Worn belts will affect the engine performance. Look for cracks and missing sections or segments.
  • Have the air filtration system checked frequently. The air filter should be checked every other oil change for clogging or damage. This system ensures that the vehicle is performing at its peak condition.

Driving Habits

  • Watch your speed. Keep your driving speed as constant as possible. Avoid fast starts, abrupt stops and utilize your cruise control on the highway. Remember your gas mileage rapidly decreases at speed above 60 mph.
  • Avoid idling. When waiting for someone or becoming stuck in non moving traffic, turn you engine off. You will not only avoid releasing unnecessary hydrocarbons into the air – keeping the air you breath cleaner, idling gets 0 miles to the gallon.
  • Drive responsibly. Aggressive driving can reduce your gas mileage by as much as 33%. Keep the stress down and arrive at your destination calm and relaxed.
  • Plan your trips. Short trips and cris-cross paths cost you money. Short trips with multiple cold starts are hard on the life of your engine and use more fuel.
  • Lighten up. Take off the roof rack if not being used, clean out the trunk and lighten you load. Don’t haul around extra items when not needed. Every pound starts to reduce your fuel economy.