Automatic Transmission Fluid
Check level with engine running and transmission in park. If low, add type of ATF specified in owners' manual and/or on dipstick. If you are on the BG Protection Plan it needs to be serviced every 30,000 miles.  Check your owners manual.

 

Battery and Cables
Battery should be securely mounted. Battery connections should be clean, tight and corrosion-free. If your car's battery is three years old or more, it could be time to replace it to prevent a breakdown.

 

Belts
Check for groove thickness, looseness, cracks or glazing. Replace V-belts every four years. Start watching serpentine belts after four years/50,000 miles.  Serpentine belts do not crack like they use to because of the materials they are made of and the need to be measured to determine if replacement is needed.
Replace Timing belt per interval specified in owner's manual. Typically, this is at 60,000 miles plus. Not replacing the belt as required could cause a breakdown or serious engine damage

 

Brakes and Brake Fluid
For best results, have the entire brake system - including brake linings - inspected at every other oil change.

Brake fluid should be tested at every oil change for moisture and copper content.  Flush brake fluid when copper content reaches 200 PPM or 3% moisture content.

 

Cabin Air Filter
Replace annually, more often in areas with heavy airborne contaminants

 

Chassis Lubrication
Many newer cars are lubed-for-life, some still require this service. Replacement steering and suspension components require periodic lubrication.

 

Check Engine Light On
If light comes on while driving or remains on, your engine may have an emissions or sensor problem and should be checked by a professional technician. If light flashes, the condition is more severe and must be checked immediately to prevent catalytic converter damage.

 

Coolant (Antifreeze)
Check level at reservoir. Do not open hot radiator cap. If low, add 50/50 mix of approved antifreeze and distilled water.

Cooling system problems are one of the most common breakdowns.  It is best to at least drain and fill your coolant every two years.

 

Engine Air Filter
Replace yearly, or when dirty. Inspect annually, more often if driving and road conditions dictate.

 

Engine Oil and Filter
Check level with engine off at every fill up. Change oil and filter every 3,000 miles or 3 months. Use specified oil grade and weight.

 

Exhaust
Inspect for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers if there is an unusual noise. If you suspect a problem, have it inspected immediately by a professional technician.

 

Fuel Filter
Good old carbureated cars fuel filters needed to be replaced once a year. On cars with fuel injection, replace the filter every 40,000 miles.  Some vehicles have the fuel filters in the gas tank and are only serviced when the fuel pump goes out...bills of $750 to $1000 plus are not uncommon when that happens.

 

Hoses
Inspect for leaks, cracks or bulges, sponginess, brittleness and swelling. Replace hoses at lease every six years.

 

Lights
Replace bulb immediately if light is out.

 

Power Steering Fluid
Check the fluid with the car warmed up. Add approved type if low. If regular topping off is required, have system inspected for leaks.

 

Shock Absorbers and Struts
Inspect for leaks, damage and loose mounting hardware. Replace if worn, damaged or leaking. Have checked by a professional at lease once a year.

 

Tire Inflation and Condition
Inflate tires to recommended pressure. Replace tires if worn or damaged. Remember to check the spare. Check pressure of all tires including the spare. Check tread for wear and for cuts or bruised along the sidewalls.

 

Windshield Washer Fluid
Check level every other fill up. Some vehicles have two reservoirs. Do not use water. Use washer fluid only.

 

Wiper Blades
Replace when streaking or chattering.