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Courtesy of the Automotive Service Association

be car care aware 300xAccording to recent studies, 5 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities are clearly caused by automobile maintenance neglect. The following simple and inexpensive preventive checks will greatly extend the life of the vehicle, ensure safer operation and even benefit the environment.

Always consult your owner's manual for individual service schedules because maintenance requirements vary by manufacturer.

  • Always consult your owner's manual, but a good rule of thumb is to have the oil filter changed regularly - every 3,000 to 4,000 miles.
  • Have all fluids checked, including brake, power steering, transmission/transaxle, windshield washer solvent and antifreeze. These fluids play a large role in the safety and performance of the vehicle.
  • Check tire inflation. Under-inflated tires can result in a loss of fuel efficiency. This is the least expensive form of preventive and safety maintenance. Tires should be checked once a month.
  • Keep your engine tuned. A fouled spark plug or plugged/restricted fuel injector can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 30 percent.
  • Have the chassis lubricated frequently. This step extends the life of the moving components of the vehicle's suspension system.
  • Check battery cables and posts for corrosion and clean them as needed. The battery fluid also should be checked and filled if it is low, unless it is a maintenance-free battery.
  • Have the lighting system checked frequently, including headlights, turn signals, and brake and taillights.
  • Check windshield washer blades for cracks, tears and windshield contact. Replace them at least once a year, or sooner if streaking begins.
  • Inspect engine belts regularly. Worn belts will affect the engine performance. Look for cracks and missing sections or segments.
  • Have the air filtration system checked frequently. The air filter should be checked every other oil change for clogging or damage. This system ensures that the vehicle is performing at its peak condition.

General Service Schedule by Car Care Aware,  Auto technicians say the key to keeping vehicles running well-today and down the road-is routine maintenance. Yet many drivers tend to stall when it comes to keeping up with some everyday auto-basics. This general service schedule will give you an idea of the most common types of vehicle maintenance and how often they need to be performed. Wondering how your car measures up? This infographic shows the latest data from vehicle check-up events across the country.  This survey information by the Car Care Council found:

  • 22 percent of cars had low or dirty engine oil.
  • 20 percent had low or contaminated brake fluid.
  • 17 percent had dirty air filters.
  • 16 percent had inadequate cooling protection or low coolant levels.
  • 15 percent had inadequate or contaminated power steering fluid.
  • 12 percent needed new belts

Car Care is made easy with our free online service and maintenance schedules. Advantage Auto Service at 9300 Franklin Road in Murfreesboro, TN has everything you need to maintain your vehicle and keep you on the road longer. Register for our Custom Service Schedule then enter the make, model and year of your car, and we’ll build a custom service schedule just for you. And, as an added bonus, we’ll even remind you when your service is due by sending you an email! It’s fast, easy and free!

Need more information?  Contact Advantage Auto Service at 9300 Franklin Road in Murfreesboro, TN Today at (615) 867-8707 to keep your vehicle safely on the road.