Car Care Guide 2014 - (Page 4)

CAR CARE CHECKLIST VEHICLE SYSTEM/COMPONENT SERVICE NOTES AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID Check fluid level with engine running and transmission in park or neutral (vehicle specific). If low, add the type of automatic transmission fluid specified in the owner's manual and/or on dipstick. For maximum performance, change every two to three years or 24,000 miles to 36,000 miles, or as directed in owner's manual. BATTERY AND CABLES Battery should be securely mounted. Battery connections should be clean, tight and corrosion-free. If the battery is three years old or more, it should be tested and replaced if necessary. BELTS Noise in the belt system is a sign of wear. Check serpentine and V-belts for looseness and condition. It is important to check all the components in the serpentine system. Tensioners and pulleys wear at the same rate as the belt and should be inspected. Typical serpentine replacement is 60,000 to 90,000 miles. Replace V-belts when cracked, frayed, 4 | Car Care Guide glazed or showing signs of excessive wear. Typical replacement is 40,000 to 50,000 miles. Replace timing belt per interval specified in the owner's manual. BRAKES Check the entire brake system every year, including brake pads, shoes, rotors, drums, calipers and brake fluid. Brake fluid should be changed every two to three years or 24,000 miles to 36,000 miles, or as directed in owner's manual. CABIN AIR FILTER Replace annually, or more often in areas with heavy airborne contaminants or whenever heating or cooling efficiency is reduced. CHASSIS LUBRICATION Many newer cars are lubed-forlife; some still require this service. Check owner's manual. Replacement steering and suspension components may require periodic lubrication. DASHBOARD INDICATOR LIGHTS If the check engine light comes on while driving or remains on, your vehicle may have an emissions or sensor problem and should be analyzed. If the light flashes, the condition is more severe and must be checked immediately to prevent catalytic converter damage. Numerous sensors in the vehicle monitor and send a continuous flow of data to any one of several electronic control units for various systems. While there is no maintenance required for these sensors and control units, they continuously monitor for a malfunction. If a malfunction is detected it will trigger the Check Engine light or other dashboard indicators. CLEANING AND POLISHING To prevent stripping the vehicle's wax finish, use only automotive car wash products, not dishwashing liquids. Polish at least twice a year to maintain and protect the finish. COOLANT (ANTIFREEZE) Check level at reservoir. Never open a hot radiator cap. If low, add 50/50 mix of

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Car Care Guide 2014

Maintain Your Vehicle (Interval Service Schedule)
Vehicle Components/Service Notes
TYPICAL MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR 6-23
Introduction
Engine Performance
Oils, Filters and Fluids
Belts and Hoses
Brake Service
Wheels and Tires
Check Engine Light
Air Conditioning
Appearance
VEHICLE SYSTEMS 24-47

Introduction
Belts and Hoses
Brake System
Emission System
Engine Cooling System
Exhaust System
Filters and Fluids
Fuel System
Lighting and Wipers
Batteries
Steering and Suspension
Transmission
CAR CARE AND THE ENVIRONMENT 48-57
Introduction
Fuel Economy and Environmental Awareness
Auto Care Industry Recycles
Rebuilt Engines
Alternative Energies
THE EXTRA MILE 58-69
Introduction
Understanding Your Warranty
Finding an Auto Repair Shop
Careers in the Auto Care Industry
Vehicle Telematics
Connect with the Car Care Council
MAINTENANCE LOG 70-71
INDEX 72-73

Car Care Guide 2014

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