Published on April 28th, 2020
“Car maintenance is an important aspect of owning a car – the better you are about maintaining all of your oil and liquid levels, replacing your filters and spark plugs, the longer your car will run.“ says the experts from MyCarNeedsThis, and it’s hard to disagree.
The truth is that if you don’t take care of your car, it can get damaged pretty quickly.
Contrary to what some people might think, a lot of things that help in keeping your vehicle in good condition can be done without a professional.
If you do them correctly, the only mechanic visits that you will need will be the regular overhaul.
So what are those things that you can do by yourself? Well, keep reading if you want to find out.
1. Keeping Your Car Clean
While it might sound obvious, you might be surprised at how many people don’t clean their vehicles regularly – especially the exterior.
The grime and salt from the road can accumulate on the underside of your car, and in the long run, cause some severe damage. If you don’t want it to happen, just wash your car regularly.
2. Changing The Oil
Changing the oil in your car is not difficult, but it will require some equipment, which includes: a standard and oil filter wrenches, an oil pan, a replacement plug, a funnel, replacement oil, and a new oil filter.
You might also need some protection (latex gloves will be fine), as well as something to lift up the car if the need arises.
The instruction, as well as information regarding, for example, the amount of fresh oil that needs to be added or how often you need to change it can be easily found in the owner’s manual.
3. Changing The Air Filter
Ail filters help in maintaining good air quality in the car, as well as screen out pollen and dust so that the ventilation system can run smoothly.
Depending on the model of your vehicle, it can be placed under the hood, behind the glove box or under the dashboard.
Even though you are supposed to replace the air filter at least once a year, there’s nothing wrong with doing it every few months, as when it is dirty, you are breathing dirty air.
4. Replacing The Windshield Wiper Blades
Just like everything, rubber also gets damaged, which is why it’s important to change the wiper blades in your windshields when they start leaving smears and streaks on the car window.
Remember that if your vision of the road is restricted, you become a danger not only to others but also to yourself.
The blades can be found in every auto parts store, and the installation process is not rocket science, as they come with an instruction.
However, remember to be very careful when changing them, as you don’t want to damage the wiper arms.
5. Checking The Tire Pressure
The tire pressure should be checked at least once a month – you can do it by using a tire gauge.
If you are not really sure what the recommended pressure is, you can find it in the manual or on the inside of the driver’s side door frame.
Don’t check the tire pressure right after using the vehicle, as when you drive, the air expands. Leave it be for around half an hour before checking.
6. Maintaining The Battery
One of the things you should do if you want your battery to be in good condition is keeping its case clean, by using paper towels and mild detergent.
If you notice any bulges or cracks, then the battery might need to be replaced.
Check if there is any sign of corrosion – if there is, don’t worry, as it can be easily cleaned with baking soda and water (50/50).
Every time you’re working with a car battery, you need to remember to wear proper protection, such as eye protection, protective clothing, and gloves.
Avoiding the mechanic visits is not that difficult once you know which tasks you can perform by yourself, and which ones need the assistance of a professional. Additionally, it can save you quite a lot of money.
So now, the only thing left to say is Good Luck!