According to recent studies, 5% of all motor vehicle fatalities are clearly caused by automobile maintenance neglect.
The following simple & inexpensive preventive checks will greatly
extend the life of the vehicle, ensure safer operation and even benefit
◾ Always consult your owner's manual, but a good rule of thumb is to have the oil filter changed regularly, every 5,000 kms.
◾ 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 effeciency. 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 as much as 30 percent.
◾ Check battery cables and posts for corrosion and clean them as
needed. The battery fluid should also be checked and filled if it is
low, expect in the case of maintenance-free batteries.
◾ Have the lighting system checked frequently, including headlights, turn signals and brake and tail lights.
◾ Check windshield washer blades for cracks, tears and windshield
contact. Replace them approximately once a year or sooner if streaking
◾ Inspect engine belts regularly. Worn belts will affect the engine
performance. Look for cracks and missing sections or segments.
◾ Have the air filteration system checked frequently. The air filter
should be checked approximately every other oil change for clogging or
damage. This system ensures that the vehicle is performing at it's peak