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Tips For SAFE Do-It-Yourself Vehicle Maintenance

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 Vehicle Maintenance
Your Dealership is always the best place for maintaining your vehicle, but if you’re the type who doesn’t mind getting your hands dirty; here are a few safety precautions to keep in mind when performing maintenance on your own.

Before you start
It’s always a good idea to familiarize yourself with all the parts involved in what you’re doing (i.e. dipsticks, filters, fluids, hoses, etc.), as well as any tools you’ll need.  Also, be sure to check your Owner Guide before beginning any procedure for the specific locations of the parts involved and for detailed descriptions.

Keeping it safe while working on a vehicle
Always perform do-it-yourself maintenance on a level surface
Be sure to turn off the engine and remove the vehicle’s key from the ignition
Never work on a hot engine
If you have to work under the hood while the engine is on, make sure to tie back long hair or any loose clothing
Stay away from the vehicle’s cooling fan – it can come on even after you’ve turned off  the engine and removed the key
Keep the vehicle’s wheels from moving unexpectedly by placing bricks or another type of block in front of the front wheels and behind the rear wheels
Make sure your parking brake is engaged and the transmission is in “Park”
Keep open flames (this means cigarettes too) away from all parts of the vehicle at all times – especially when working under the hood
Don’t work on any vehicle in an enclosed space with the engine running
Never start the vehicle while the air filter is removed – small particles can get sucked into the engine and cause serious damage
Automotive fluids are toxic – simply throwing them away with the curbside trash or pouring them down the drain or sewer is dangerous for the environment and illegal in many areas
Never mix your automotive fluids or substitute one for another.  Each is specially made for a specific use and could seriously damage your engine components if used incorrectly
Never perform a maintenance task that you are not one hundred percent comfortable with or confident in attempting.  The GM-trained technicians at your local Dealership are there to help, so consult them if you need to.

BE SAFE