Chevrolet Citation/Omega/Phoenix/Skylark 1980-1985 Repair Guide

Introduction

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Routine maintenance is the self-explanatory term used to describe the sort of periodic work necessary to keep a car in safe and reliable working order. A regular program aimed at monitoring essential systems ensures that the car's components are functioning correctly (and will continue to do so until the next inspection, one hopes), and can prevent small problems from developing into major headaches. Routine maintenance also pays off big dividends in keeping major repair costs at a minimum, extending the life of the car, and enhancing resale value, should you ever desire to part with your X-car.

The Citation, Omega, Phoenix, and Skylark require less in the way of routine maintenance than any cars in recent memory. However, a very definite maintenance schedule is provided by General Motors, and must be followed, not only to keep the new car warranty in effect, but also to keep the car working properly. The "Maintenance Intervals" chart in this section outlines the routine maintenance which must be performed according to intervals based on either accumulated mileage or time. Your X-Body car also came with a maintenance schedule provided by GM Adherence to these schedules will result in a longer life for your car, and will, over the long run, save you money and time.

The checks and adjustments in the following sections generally require only a few minutes of attention every few weeks; the services to be performed can be easily accomplished in a morning. The most important part of any maintenance program is regularity. The few minutes or occasional morning spent on these seemingly trivial tasks will forestall or eliminate major problems later.



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