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Maintenance for Your Vehicle Every 12 Months or 12,000 Miles

Annual maintenance is just as important as monthly maintenance. However, if you’ve been keeping up with our other maintenance guides, you will find that annual maintenance is a breeze. In addition to the other tasks such as checking wipers and topping off fluids, make sure you complete these simple tasks to keep your car safe and on the road.

Maintenance Every 12 Months or 12,000 Miles

1

Steering and Suspension

Inspect system annually, including shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts, such as ball joints, tie rod ends and other related components. Replace if leaks, damage and loose mounting hardware are found. Symptoms of worn suspension include uneven tire wear and excessive bouncing after bumps.

2

Brake System

Check the entire brake system every year, including brake linings, rotors and drums.

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3

Oil and Oil Filter

Check level with engine off at every fill up. For maximum engine life, change oil and filter every three months or 3,000 miles or as directed in your owner's manual. Use specified oil grade and weight.

4

Coolant (Antifreeze)

Check level at reservoir. Never open a hot radiator cap. If low, add 50/50 mix of approved antifreeze and distilled water. Change coolant annually on most vehicles.

5

Cabin Air Filter

Replace annually, or more often in areas with heavy airborne contaminants or whenever heating or cooling efficiency is reduced. Replacing your cabin air filter will prevent you and passengers from breathing dust and mold that builds up over time in the filter.

Car Care Council’s Service Interval Schedule*

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*The Car Care Council has developed a service interval schedule to provide general guidelines for the regular maintenance of passenger cars, mini vans, pickups and SUVs. Intervals are built around an oil change every 3,000 miles, an accepted recommendation for the majority of motorists who are severe service drivers. Always consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual for specific recommendations by the car maker.

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