Vehicle Maintenance Tips

April is Car Care Month and, by following these ten simple tips, you can help save significant time and money by spending less time at the gas pump and repair shop.

Top 10 Car Care Tips:

Check tire inflation regularly: The Office of Energy Efficiency reports that each tire that is under?'inflated by as little as 2 pounds per square inch causes a one percent increase in fuel consumption.

Know your engine oil life: Today it is common for vehicles with the GM Oil-Life System to safely travel 8,500 or more miles between oil changes, saving time, money and a precious resource. The GM Oil Life System continuously monitors several key engine operating conditions to determine when the oil should be changed.

Maintain proper fluid levels: Have all fluids checked regularly, including brake, power steering, transmission/transaxle, and antifreeze. Fluids help to neutralize internal corrosion, remove debris that may have accumulated and keep the vehicle’s temperature within normal range.

Keep your engine tuned: Worn spark plugs, old wires, or a restricted fuel injector can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent.

Got a garage? Clear it out and make room for your car. Parking in your garage will help your car stay warm in winter and cool in summer, and you won't have to depend as much on your gas-guzzling air-conditioning or defroster when you drive.

Check battery cables and posts: Inspect battery cables and posts for corrosion and clean them as needed. The battery fluid also should be checked and filled if it is low, except in the case of maintenance-free batteries.

Inspect engine belts regularly: A poorly tuned engine can increase fuel consumption by as much as 50 percent. Also, frayed belts can indicate incipient failure, potentially leaving you stranded on the side of the road.

Check the air filtration system: Replacing a clogged air filter can improve your car's gas mileage by as much as 10 percent. Not only will replacing a dirty air filter save gas, it will protect your engine and extend engine life.

Check windshield washer blades: Examine blades for cracks, tears and windshield contact. Replace them approximately once a year or sooner if streaking begins.

Monitor your vehicle’s maintenance schedule year-round: Spring and Fall Car Care Months are great seasonal reminders but there are new and easier ways to receive vehicle maintenance reminders.