1. Always consult your onwner's manual, but a good rule of thumb is to have the oil filter changed regularly, every three or four thousand miles.
2.Have all fluids checked, including brake, power steering, transmission/trans axle, windshield washer solvent and antifreeze. These fluids play a large role in the safety and performance of your vehicle.
3. Check tire inflation. Under inflated tires can result in a loss of fuel efficiency and causes premature wear. This is the least expensive form of preventative maintenance. Tires should be checked once a month.
4. Keep your engine tuned. A fouled spark plug or plugged/restricted fuel injector can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent.
5. Have the chassis lubricated frequently. This step extends the life of the moving components of the vehicles suspension system.
6. Check battery cables and posts for corrosion and clean them as needed. The battery fluid should also be checked and filled if it is low, except in the case of maintenance-free batteries. Often, it is nothing more than dirty battery cable connections when your car won't start.
7. Have the lighting system checked frequently, including headlights, turn signals, and brake and tail lights.
8. Check windshield wiper blades for cracks, tears, and proper windshield contact. Replace them once a year or sooner if streaking begins.
9. Inspect engine belts regularly. Worn belts will affect your engine's performance and life. Look for cracks and missing segments or sections.
10. Have the air filtration system checked frequently. The air filter should be checked approximately every other oil change for clogging or damage. This system ensures that the vehicle is performing at its peak condition.