Here are some facts that will help you improve the ability of your vehicle.
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1) Have your Filters checked
Check the air filter every two months and replace it when dirty or as part of a tune up. Despite claims by makers and dealers that some newer fuel fillers never need changing, its smart to have it done once a year. A clogged fuel filter will cause poor performance and is early warning that there may be corrosion in your gas tank.
2) Don't forget the PCV valve
The PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) valve is an emission control device. The valve recirculates partially burned gases from the engines crankcase to the combustion chamber. Important to a properly functioning engine, the valve should be changed every 30,000 miles. This will help fuel mileage and prevent harmful sludge and corrosion.
3) Rotate your Tires
Rotating your tires helps to distribute tire wear evenly and ensures you'll get maximum road life out of them. The first rotation is especially important. Your owner's manual should specify both rotation period and pattern. If not, rotate your tires every 6,000 to 7,500 miles.
4) Have Wheel Alignment Checked
Have your wheel alignment checked every 30,000 miles, or as recommended in your owner's manual. Improper tire alignment will shorten the life of your tires as well as cause poor handling. If your vehicle steering is stiffer than normal or the vehicle pulls to one side, you probably have an alignment problem.
5) Top Off Brake Fluid
Check brake fluid monthly. Wipe dirt from the master cylinder lid before you open it. If you need fluid, add the type recommended by your cars maker. Never substitute other fluids, such as transmission or power steering fluid. Don't use brake fluid from a previously opened container. Once exposed to air, brake fluid absorbs moisture and contaminates easily.
6) Change Oil Frequently
Your Dad knew that frequent oil changes were key to keeping his vehicle on the road another year. And while owners manuals for today's cars recommend increasing long intervals between oil changes, the fact remains- frequent oil changes flush abrasive dirt and metal particles out of the engine, prolonging its life.
7) Spark Plugs do need Changing
Most manufacturers recommend changing plugs every 30,000 or 40,000 miles to ensure good fuel mileage and engine performance. Some newer cars come with long life plugs (some called double platinum plugs) that can last for 100,000 miles. While your at it have your spark plugs wires checked as well. Their typical life is 50,000 miles. Deteriorated wires can cause expensive newer spark plugs to foul.
8) Check your Drive Belt
Have the tension and condition of your drive belt checked every oil change. Belts that are too tight can wear our bearings in accessory components such as AC compressors, Alternators, or power steering pumps. Loose belts will wear out quickly and fail prematurely.
9) Don't Forget the Timing Belt
On many cars its the belt you don't see that is most important. If your manual says, as many do that you should replace the timing belt every 50,000 miles, do it! A failed timing belt can, depending on Engine type, cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to your engine.
10) Have your vehicle inspected by a professional
At least once a year ensure that it is in proper running condition and for peace of mind.