Vehicle Maintenance Checklist
Diligent maintenance of delivery vehicles can save you money. Use the
following checklist as a guide to make sure you get the most out of your
Review the vehicle’s owner’s manual. If you haven’t looked
at it in a while, check it out to make sure routine
maintenance is done in a timely manner. Manufacturers also
offer maintenance information online. For example, at
Ford, Lincoln or Mercury owners can plug in makes and models
and receive maintenance information for their specific
Check the spark plugs. Some will last for 100,000 miles, but
others may need to be replaced more often, according to AAA.
Many manufacturers suggest changing spark plugs at 30,000
miles. Consult your favorite trusted service technician.
Check the oil level.
Recommendations vary widely, but the standard seems to be
check once a week at the most and once a month at the least.
Change the oil. For years, the standard suggestion has been
every 3,000 miles; however, many experts now suggest that
petroleum-based oils need to be changed only every 4,000 to
5,000 miles and synthetic oils only every 6,000 to 7,500
miles. These recommendations can vary based on the make and
model of vehicle as well as driving conditions (e.g.,
stop-and-go city driving with lots of idling, such as occurs
when making deliveries, necessitates more frequent oil
changes). Discuss oil-change frequency with a trusted
service technician. Also make sure you use the correct
weight of oil and that the oil is certified by the American
Petroleum Institute (API).
Inspect belts and hoses every 3,000 to 5,000 miles or with
every oil change. Generally, belts and hoses should be
replaced between 60,000 and 100,000 miles.
Make sure the air pressure
in tires is correct. Original tire sizes and tire inflation
pressures (including the spare) are listed on a vehicle
placard, which can be located
• on the driver-side door or doorjamb (Ford vehicles, on the
rear passenger doorjamb)
• on the inside of the glove-box door
• on the inside of the fuel filler door
• in the engine compartment
Additionally, this information usually can be found in the
vehicle’s owner’s manual.
Adhere to the tire inflation pressures recommended by the
vehicle manufacturer, which often will be different than the
inflation pressures molded into the tires’ sidewalls; these
are the maximum inflation pressures for each tire.
Rotate your tires. Tires wear differently in each location
on the vehicle, so for maximum tire life, it is generally
recommended that you rotate tires every 6,000 miles.
Replace air filters at least annually or every 12,000 to
15,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Replace fuel filters between 24,000 and 100,000 miles. Check
the recommended maintenance schedule in your vehicle’s
owner’s manual, or check with your favorite service
Replace antifreeze every 30,000 miles or according to the
vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. Have it checked
prior to the beginning of every summer and winter driving
season. Recommendations may change with the introduction of