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Monthly Auto Maintenance Checklist

By Deanna Sclar

Part of Auto Repair For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Taking the time for regular under-the-hood vehicle checks will help prevent problems later. Spending 15 minutes every month for an under-the-hood check may prevent 70% of problems that lead to highway breakdowns. Convinced? Then run through the following list once a month or every 1,000 miles:

Check the air filter. Check the automatic transmission fluid level on the
Check the accessory belts. Check the brake fluid.
Check the battery. Check the power-steering fluid.
Check the coolant. Check the windshield wipers and amount of windshield washer
Check the hoses. Check the wiring.
Check the oil level on the dipstick. Check the tires.