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  • Checking Engine Oil
    • Place your car at the level spot and stop the engine.
    • Wait for a while to let the engine oil to pour down to the oil pan.
    • Pull the engine oil dipstick.
    • Wipe the oil dipstick off with a clean rag or tissue.
    • Insert it back all the way down into its place.
    • Pull the dipstick again and check the oil level.
    • If it’s lower than at "FULL" mark, top it up.
    • Add a little amount of the oil.
    • Wait for a minute to let the oil to pour down.
    • Check the oil level again with the dipstick.
    • If it’s still low, add some more.
    • Install the dipstick back and close the oil filler cap when you finished.
  • Checking Transmission Fluid
    • Place your car at a level surface.
    • Engage the parking brake.
    • Start the engine.
    • Set transmission shifter in "P" (Park) position.
    • Let the engine idle.
    • Pull the transmission dipstick.
    • Wipe it off with a clean lint free rag.
    • Insert it back carefully all the way down into its place.
    • Pull again and check the fluid level.
    • If the fluid level is low, top it up.
    • Use only specified transmission fluid.
    • Add a small amount of the fluid through the dipstick pipe.
    • Wait for a few minutes – let the fluid to flow down.
    • Recheck the level again.
    • Do not overfill.
  • Checking Engine Coolant
    • The coolant level should be between "LOW" and "FULL" marks.
    • If the fluid level is lower, top it up.
    • When engine temperature is reduced, add a coolant into the overflow tank to "FULL" mark.
    • If there is no coolant in overflow tank or you have to top it up quite often, have your car inspected in the garage.
  • Checking Tires
    • Check the tire pressure at least once a month.
    • Find out the recommended tire pressure for your car.
    • The maximum pressure listed on tires is NOT the proper pressure.
    • Rotate tires at every second oil change.
    • Have your tires balanced if you feel vibration at cruising speed.
    • Uneven tire wear indicates alignment problem.

Car Maintenance Checklist
  Taylor Peterson

on December 25, 2011

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