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You should have your engine oil and filter changed every 3,000 Miles(5,000 Miles if you use synthetic motor oil) have your tire pressure checked, tires rotated for maximum tire life, undercarriage inspected for any leaks or loosness. Have all your fluids checked and filled to their proper levels.
TUNING & BRAKES
Most vehicles made since the early 1980s require a "tune-up" only once every 30,000 miles. Some of today's new cars and trucks don't need a tune-up for 100,000 miles!
Actually, there's no such thing as a "tune-up" anymore. It's really preventative maintenance and involves changing the spark plugs, air and fuel filters, PCV valve, and checking engine performance.
Car care is definitely a win-win situation. Besides helping the environment, a properly maintained and operated vehicle will run more efficiently, will be safer, and will last longer--up to 50% longer, according to a survey of ASE-certified Auto Technicians. The following tips should put you on the road to environmentally conscious car care.
WHEELS & SUSPENSION
You need a "brake job" when your brake linings are worn down to the minimum acceptable thickness specified by the vehicle manufacturer. The only way to determine if new linings are required, therefore, is to inspect the brakes.
You may also need a brake job if you're having brake problems such as grabbing, pulling, low or soft pedal, pedal vibration, noise, etc., or if some component in your brake system has failed. But if the problem is isolated to only one component, there's no need to replace other parts that are still in perfectly good working order.