The Ultimate Checklist: 6 DIY Car Maintenance Tips You Can Handle
Cars like all machines need to be properly maintained and taken care of if you want them to last a long time. We all know that maintaining a car is not an easy task, and it is definitely not cheap. Many people spend a lot of money regularly to keep their cars in perfect condition. But did you know that it doesn’t have to be so. In fact, you can save a significant amount of money by doing simple maintenance tasks yourself.
Maintaining your car personally will allow you to understand your car better and it will also save you some money. Of course, you can’t do all maintenance tasks yourself, some of the more complicated tasks do require a professional’s touch, but here we have prepared a list of some things that are easy to learn and handle at home.
Changing the Air Filter
On average, the air filters of cars need to be replaced once every year or after 12,000 miles of driving. A mechanic will charge about 10 dollars or maybe even more, depending on your car and as mechanics usually have a lot of work to do your car will be stuck in the shop for hours. Instead, you can change the air filter at home easily within ten minutes for free.
All you need to do is locate the filter under the hood of the car. It’s usually in a black rectangular box with clips. If it is not visible, easily consult the owner’s manual of the car. After you have located just take the old one out and put in the new one the same way.
Checking and Changing the Engine Oil
It is very important that you check your engine oil daily. It is essential that the engine has proper amount of engine oil, or it can get severely damaged. The process is very simple and easy. Just park your car in a straight place. Make sure it is not parked on a slope. Open the hood, and you will find a small plug on the engine, check your owner’s manual to locate the oil chamber if not visible. Open the plug and take out the rod that is attached to it. If the oil marks are above the marked level on the rod, then you are good to go; otherwise, you need to put in some more oil.
Washing and Waxing Your Car
Washing and waxing your car is a very important part of its maintenance. Many people take the car to a car washer to get cleaned, and as a car should be cleaned regularly to keep its exterior safe they end up spending a lot of money annually. You should make time to wash the car at home by yourself to save a few bucks. It is quite simple to do that, just go here to check out some helpful reviews on how to properly clean and shine your car.
If you have ever faced battery problems with your car, then you’ll know that it is really annoying. Mostly the problem is that the terminals of the battery have a lot of corrosion on them, or the battery goes dead if something like the headlight stays on for a long while. Firstly you should have a car jumping kit in your car, and you should learn to operate it so that you don’t have to wait for a mechanic to come and fix it for you. And you should also clean the terminals of the battery regularly.
All you need to do is remove the wires from the terminals, use hot water or a mixture of water and baking soda to clean the terminals with a wire brush, dry them with a rag and put the wires back on the terminals.
Cleaning the Radiator and Replacing the Coolant
Replacing the coolant in the radiator is also a simple maintenance task that you should do regularly. Just be careful when opening the radiator cap after the car has been running for a long time, the hot water and steam inside can sometimes burn you. So replace the water before you start driving and if you have to replace the water while on a long trip, make sure to use a rag to open the cap and stand clear of the splash zone or simply let the car cool down before you open the radiator cap.
Replacing the Wiper Blades
Your wiper blades will have to be replaced after a while, especially if it rains a lot in your area. Mechanics can charge extra for this, and they mostly give free installment if you buy the most expensive wipers. So you should learn to replace them yourself, it is very simple and can be done within two minutes at home for free.
About the Author:
Anthony Henson has been covering consumer technology for a decade now. He currently covers consumer electronics in the PC Labs as the in-house home entertainment expert, reviewing TVs, media hubs, speakers, headphones, and gaming accessories. He regularly writes blogs at https://www.helpful.reviews/en.