Change the oil and oil filter regularly.
The owner’s manual for your car will specify exactly how often you should do this, but a good rule of thumb is to change them every 3,000 to 4,000 miles. If you change the oil and filter yourself, be sure to dispose of the used oil properly.
Check all the fluids.
This includes brake, power steering, transmission, transaxle, windshield washer and antifreeze fluids. Your owner’s manual will tell you how to check these.
Check the air pressure level in your tires at least once a month.
Your owner’s manual should specify the ideal air pressure for your particular tire.
Make sure all your lights work.
This includes headlights, turn signals, brake lights and taillights.
Replace the windshield wiper blades periodically.
If your wiper blades are cracked or torn, or if they begin to streak, it’s time to replace them.
Inspect the engine belts.
They should not have cracks or missing segments.
Check the air filter.
The filter should be clean, not clogged or damaged.