Here are a few
areas that require attention:
• Changing of
the spark plugs. Also examination of the spark plug wires and replace as needed.
• Check the belts. Replace if worn. Most cars today use a single serpentine belt in place of
individual belts to drive all accessories. Vehicles with high mileage (near 90,000 miles or more), may want to
consider changing the timing belt as well.
• Change the engine oil and oil filter if it’s been 3,500 miles since the last oil change.
• Check all fluid levels under the hood and replenish as necessary. Fluids to check
include: Automatic Transmission Fluid, Brake Fluid, Coolant (Anti-freeze), and Power Steering Fluid.
• Lubricate the front suspension such as ball joints, control arms, bushings, tire
rod ends, etc. also lightly oil door hinges and latches.
• Check safety items such as all lights are in working order, and windshield and rear window wiper blades are like-new.
• Replace the air filter, which should be changed between major services–every 15,000 miles–as well.
• Change fuel filter and clean fuel injectors.
• Service the battery, cleaning terminals and cable ends. Inspect Battery Cables.
• Tire Rotation and set pressure, and while the tires are off the Brakes
can be inspected.
As with all preventive maintenance performed on an automobile, tune-ups can prevent myriad problems from occurring
on a vehicle. The filters replaced can clog with use and prevent flow, starving the engine of fuel or air. Spark
plugs have a recommended service lifetime of either 30,000 miles or, in the case of platinum or iridium plugs,
60,000 to 100,000 miles (96,000 to 160,000 km), and old spark plugs may cause engine misfire.