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Maintenance Checklist

ServiceLast DoneMonths
clean, pad protectors
tighten connections
Aug 191
battery degradation
hydrometer reading
pressure, wear, damage, tighten nuts
Jul 301
lube job6
brake fluid6
battery bank
compare voltage / rotate batteries
suspension / steering
damaged or missing parts
motor brushes6
check steering leakage6
clean under-body6
clean front wheel bearings6
check controller points6
differential fluid levelAug 206
rotate tiresJul 3012
repack front wheel bearings12

From the 1976 ½ Owners Manual, pages 21-23:

Section III – Maintenance

For your convenience, your vehicle has been designed to give long, reliable service with the simplest and least costly maintenance requirements possible.

You play an important part in mainentnance – only you can make sure that your vehicle regularly receives the care it needs.

Scheduled maintenance services

The following schedule of periodic servicing of your CitiCar should be adhered to closely. Daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance can usually be performed by you, the owner. We strongly recommend that more detailed servicing, at six month intervals, be performed by an Authorized Sebring-Vanguard dealer. Also, please make every effort to return your CitiCar to the Selling Dealer after sixty days for various required maintenance checks, as your CitiCar’s warranty should be protected. If you are located so far from a Vanguard dealer as to make service visits impractical, be sure to make arrangements for equivalent servicing. The last pages of your manual are set aside to maintain a record of all scheduled servicing. As the following services are not covered by the warranty, you will be charged for the labor, parts, and lubricants used.


Keep batteries in a constant state of charge.

Weekly or bi-weekly

Check the water level of each battery. Refill as needed.


  • Clean dirt. if any, from batteries. If pad protectors should deteriorate, or if new batteries are required, pads.should be replaced. Tighten all terminal connections. (Do not over-tighten)
  • Hydrometer reading of batteries.
  • Check tire pressure and look for excessive wear, cuts or other damage. Tighten wheel nuts.

Two months after purchase

Thorough vehicle check-up

Six months after purchase and every six months thereafter

  • Lubricate chassis – two grease fittings in front suspension. Also, lubricate door hinges, parking brakes, cable guides, and linkage.
  • Check level of brake fluid in master cylinder. If brake fluid must be added, use Type-3 Heavy Duty. Check the brake system for possible leakage or worn out pads. Also, check brake lines and hoses for cracks, chafing, deterioration and proper attachment. Replace or repair any defective parts immediately.
  • Battery voltage check and battery rotation (if applicable) see Page
  • Check suspension and steering for damaged, loose or missing parts or parts showing visible signs of excessive wear or lack of lubrication. Defective parts should be replaced by a qualified mechanic without delay.
  • Check the motor brushes.
  • Check the manual steering gear for seal leakage around the pitman shaft and housing. If leakage is evident (heavy oil oozing out – not just oily film), it should be corrected immediately.
  • Clean underbody of road accumulation.
  • Clean front wheel bearings and make necessary adjustments.
  • Check controller points.
  • Check differential fluid level. Use 90 weight Bypoid gear oil. Fill to top. In cold weather lighter weight fluid may be used. It is not advisable to mix different weights. When changing types of oil, flush system. Use no lighter than 30 weight oil.

Every Twelve Months

  • Rotate tires.
  • Repack front wheel bearings.

Equipment Safety Checks

As an on-going check on the proper working order of the safety related features of your CitiCar, the following areas should be periodically looked at during normal use of the CitiCar. All appropriate replacements, repairs, adjustments, and cleaning of these features should be performed as soon as possible after problems are detected.

A.Safety beltsH.Horn
B.Windshield wiper & washerI.Parking brake
D.TiresK.Headlights & taillights
E.Glass areasL.All running lights
G.Fluid LeaksN.Shock absorbers
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