Summer's heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic will take their toll on your vehicle. You can lessen the odds of mechanical failure through periodic maintenance. As a result, your vehicle should last longer and command a higher resale price, too!

Some of the following tips are easy to do; others require a skilled auto technician.

Getting Started--The best planning guide is your owner's manual. Read it; and follow the manufacturer's recommended service schedules.