Reliable DIY Car Maintenance
For every car owner, it is not always necessary to go to an auto repair shop. Here’s some auto repair tips you can do yourself. This knowledge will not only help you carry out some basic maintenance, but will also ensure your vehicle runs efficiently and saves you money. Moreover, these DIY repairs are quite simple to do; even people who are not car-geeks can do them. This collection of fixes will save you money and prevent future repair bills.
Tip #1. Changing the coolant on time
Coolants are not manufactured in a way that they will last forever. They have to be changed from time to time. For green coolants, it’s recommended to change it after 24,000 miles. But, if you are using the extended life coolant, you should change it after 100,000 miles. If you drive on worn out coolants, this will only damage the vehicle’s radiator, water pump, and heater core. (Note: You should not mix coolants as they will create cool “mud” when mixed).
Tip #2. Replacing the car’s air filter
Most experts recommend people to change their car’s air filters once per year. This is mainly because a clogged air filter will put an added load on the vehicle’s A/C system and reduce heat in winter.
Tip #3. Battery Maintenance
The key to keeping your vehicle running smoothly and efficiently is by ensuring it has a good battery connection. Corrosion of the battery terminals will not only prevent your car from starting but will also put added strain on your car’s charging system and also mess with its computer-controlled systems. To clean the battery terminals, you can use baking soda or coca cola.
Tip #4. Windshield wipers
You need to replace your car’s wipers after 6 months or one year – depending on its quality. While wiper blades differ from car to car, you may have to follow a few steps according to the owner’s manual. However, the general set of instructions is easy to follow, and even a helpful diagram is drawn on the package to help you install the wipers properly.
Tip #5. Changing the Spark plugs
Changing the spark plugs is easy. You only need a ratchet, 12” socket extension, and a spark plug socket. Faulty spark plugs will prevent your vehicle from starting and will make it less fuel efficient. Most spark plugs should be replaced after 30, 000 miles. But, you can still check your owner’s manual to see if your vehicle is different.
Tip #6. Changing the engine Oil
Experts recommend people get an oil change after 3,000 miles. This makes the car more efficient and consumes less fuel. However, before setting your mind to doing this task, you should take the following precautions
*Never change your oil when your car engine is hot.
*You will have to jack up your car while changing the car oil. So, make sure the car is properly jacked and you are comfortable with it.
Once you are satisfied with the safety precautions, locate the vehicle’s oil pan. Then, unscrew the drain plug and drain all the used oil. Once you have drained the old oil, replace the drain plug and screw it properly. From there, go back to the car’s engine and refill the oil to its recommend capacity. Always use the dipstick to check the oil levels.
Well, those are some DIY auto repair tips up my sleeve. I hope the information has been usefull.