John Nielson: Following your vehicle's maintenance schedule not only saves money and extends the life of the car, it also helps the environment. Knowing when to perform these simple, but important procedures will keep your car healthy.
Many drivers still believe a car's oil should be changed every 3000 miles, but this is not always the case. Most late models vehicles are designed to go 5000-7000 miles between oil changes. Changing oil too frequently is both the waste of money and a burden on the environment.
Check your owner's manual for your vehicles specific schedule. Correct tire maintenance saves money by extending the life of the rubber, while reducing the car's fuel consumptions. At least once a month, motorists should inspect each of their tires including the spare. Make sure the tires are inflated to the recommended levels in your owner's manual and not the levels stamped on the sidewall if the tire.
Inspect the tire's sidewalls for boulders and check the trade for excessive run even ware. Abnormalities could indicate the need for a wheel alignment, tire replacement or both. For maximum life, balance align and rotate your tires at the mileage intervals specified in your owner's manual. Take just a few moments to check your vehicles roll big and it will take you places for years to come.