- Fuel pump life can be extended by avoiding driving with less than a 1/4 tank because that risks a greater chance of the fuel pump taking in sludge at the bottom of the gas tank, and by changing the fuel filter according to manufacturer’s recommendations (often every 30,000 miles).
- Batteries should be tested (once or twice annually) by a qualified technician after they reach 3 years of age. When the battery becomes weak, it should be replaced before it fails. The AAA battery service can check your battery and charging system, and if needed replace your battery with a competitively-priced high quality unit at your home or office. Also, battery life can be extended by keeping the terminals clean and by being sure the water is always filled on non-sealed batteries.
- Radiators and transmissions will last longer if you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for coolant/lubricant changes. Be sure to use the correct fluids as specified by the manufacturer.
- Hoses and belts can be inspected visually. Replace cracked or frayed belts and hoses that are bulging, seeping, or are exceedingly brittle or mushy. These should be changed according to the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule regarding mileage or length of service.
- Tire inflation pressure should be checked at least once per month when tires are cold. Use the manufacturer’s recommended inflation settings (not the number on the tire sidewall). The pressure can be found on a label located in the driver side door jamb, glove box, or fuel filler flap. Rotate your tires according to the schedule and pattern in the owner’s manual. These steps will enhance the durability of your tires, while improving your fuel economy, handling and safety. Tread depth should be periodically checked, and when the tread gets low, the tires should be replaced.