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Do It Yourself

Maintenance you can do yourself (if you are not comfortable doing these yourself, please call us)

Brake Fluid

Loosen the clip on the master cylinder and remove the lid. If fluid is needed, consult your vehicle owner's manual for the correct type and fill to the recommended level. (If condition recurs, call Autotrends)

Engine Oil

The best time to check the oil level is five minutes after a fully warmed-up engine is turned off. Remove the oil dipstick, wipe it clean and insert fully. Remove the dipstick again to determine the oil level. Add oil only when the level is at or below the ADD Oil mark. (Caution: Do not overfill.)

Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Fluid

Apply the parking brake and put the engine in neutral before checking these fluid levels. The engine should be running and the transmission should be at operating temperature. Remove the dipstick, wipe clean and insert fully. Remove the dipstick again to check fluid levels.(Caution: Do not overfill)

Windshield Washer Solvent

Remove the cap and refill the washer solvent, if necessary. Never use water in the winter.

Antifreeze

Be sure the engine has completely cooled before checking the antifreeze level. Remove the radiator cap from the cooled engine and refill with antifreeze, if needed.

Additional Inspections

Wiper Blades

Inspect windshield wiper blades for cracks, tears and windshield contact. Blades should be replaced at least once a year, or sooner if smearing begins.

Tire Pressure

Extend the life of your tires by checking air pressure levels each month. Improperly inflated tires can cause premature tire wear, while under-inflated tires waste fuel and may cause unsafe handling when driving. Check your owner's manual for the correct tire inflation pressure.

Engine Belts

Look for cracks or excessive wear on engine belts. Worn belts will affect the engine's performance.

Battery

Check battery cables and posts for corrosion. Clean if needed.

Vehicle Lights

Regularly inspect all vehicle lights, including headlights, turn signals, brake lights and hazard lights. Replace burned-out bulbs immediately.

Air Filter

To keep your vehicle operating at peak performance, inspect your air filter every six months (every other oil change)