Fuel and Engine Systems
The fuel filter should be replaced every 30,000 miles. Also, have your engine tuned up regularly. A plugged/restricted fuel injector can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 30%.
While many of your vehicle’s power train components such as the drive shaft and axle shafts don’t require much routine maintenance, there are a few parts that need periodic attention.
Replacing your vehicles filters on a regular scheduled basis will help the vehicle run better and last longer contributing to lower operating costs. You will need to replace the air filter and cabin air filter more often if you drive frequently on dirt roads or live in a dusty area.
Steering and Suspension
Regular maintenance of your vehicle’s suspension plays a major part in its handling characteristics, how it feels on the road and how it steers during a emergency. Regular suspension maintenance also improves tire wear. A car with misaligned wheels and/or worn shocks can cause tires to wear out faster than normal. Consequently, the modest cost of a semiannual tire rotation and alignment check is a solid investment.
Exhaust and Emissions
With today’s computerized engine systems, maintaining your vehicles exhaust and emissions system is best left to a professional technician. Have the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve inspected every 30,000 miles. If the system is not operating properly, your vehicle may be hard to start, run rough, be excessively noisy and emit harmful contaminants that will enter the environment.
Your vehicle’s transmission fluid serves as a transmission lubricant and coolant. Neglecting to change the fluid every 30,000 miles can cause problems with shifting and can even lead to transmission failure. Transmission fluid breaks down over time just like the engine oil does. When you take your vehicle in for its regular engine oil change, the transmission fluid level and color should be checked by a trained professional.
heat and Air System
If you notice any of the following conditions, have your vehicle checked right away.
- Musty smell when the A/C or heater is activated
- Steam coming from the engine compartment
- Unusual smells inside or outside the vehicle
- The vehicle’s temperature gauge indicates a “red” condition
- Inadequate cooling or heating temperatures when using systems
Heat and Air System
We recommend running your A/C system regularly-even during the winter-because it contains a PAG oil (R134a) in the refrigerant to keep the compressor properly lubricated.