How To Check Around the Car

  • Checking the Around Car: Step 1 - Inspect Wiper Blades

    Checking Around the Car: Step 1

    Inspect windshield wiper blades whenever you clean your windshield. Do not wait until rubber is worn or brittle to replace them. Wiper blades should be replaced at least once per year, and more often if smearing or chattering occurs.

  • Checking Around the Car: Step 2 - Inspect Lights

    Checking Around the Car: Step 2

    Be sure all lights are clean and working, including brake lights, turn signals and emergency flashers. Keep spare bulbs and fuses in your car.

  • Checking Around the Car: Step 3 - Keep Tires Inflated

    Checking Around the Car: Step 3

    Keep tires inflated to the recommended pressure (it helps to own your own tire pressure gauge). Check for cuts, bulges and excessive tread wear. Uneven wear indicates tires are misaligned or out of balance. Keep a record of tire rotation. Rotate at the first 5,000 miles and every 7,500 miles thereafter.

  • Checking Around the Car: Step 4 - Check Shock Absorbers

    Checking Around the Car: Step 4

    Looks for signs of oil seepage on shock absorbers. Test shock absorber action by bouncing the car up and down. The car should stop bouncing when you step back. Worn or leaking shock absorbers should be replaced.

  • Checking Around the Car: Step 5 - Check Exhaust

    Checking Around the Car: Step 5

    Look underneath for loose or broken exhaust clamps and supports. Check for holes in the muffler or pipes. Replace rusted or damaged parts. Have emission checked at least once per year for compliance with local laws.

Important note: This content is created to help you become more familiar with your vehicle. The information presented herein is generic in nature and applies to almost every vehicle on the road today. For specific information and recommendations for your particular vehicle, we recommend referring to your vehicle’s owner’s manual. If you do not have one, we recommend purchasing one for your vehicle. The owner’s manual will list the proper operating procedures, maintenance intervals and requirements and the fluid types needed to keep your vehicle in a reliable and trouble free state of operation. This in turn will deliver the best return on your investment and provide you with the optimum safety and economy in operation.