Regular car maintenance is a key to make it run smoothly for long. It not only prevents a major fault in the time to come, but also saves you good amount of money and improves the safety of your vehicle. Below are our top 5 DIY car maintenance tips every driver needs to know so you wouldn’t be ripped off by expensive mechanics. Trust me you do not need to be a professional to do these jobs.
Every tire in your car must be inflated as recommended by your automaker. Make sure you inflate them before the start of every journey. Inspection for tread damage must also be included in your regular maintenance checklist. If they are worn out, make sure to replace them yourself. Here is a tire changing tutorial for your guidance.
Oil is necessary for smooth functioning of car parts, because it helps decrease friction among various engine parts. You have to change oil every 5,000 miles (this figure depends on the type of engine oil you use, therefore consult the owner manual). Before we direct you on how to change engine oil, here’s a friendly advice. Do not do it straight after a long journey as the oil would be very hot. Give the engine a little rest to breathe. Watch this video tutorial.
Occupying a small space under the bonnet, the battery has a much bigger role to play when it comes to using your car. Yes, it’s mandatory to start the engine, use lights, windows and perform other functions. The good news is that maintaining it does not require a lot of effort and time. Just keep an eye on the water level and acid corrosion, which can be easily cleaned up through a mixture of baking soda and hot water. Mix 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of baking soda in 1 cup (250 ml) of hot water. Dip an old toothbrush into the mixture and scrub the top of the battery to remove corrosion. Good batteries last for years, but you need to go for volt test every now and then. If your car battery needs replacement, order one for yourself.
Windows and Lights:
Side mirrors, windshield, rear mirror, head lights and tail lights must be cleaned for maximum visibility. This is essential for the safety of your car and the people inside. Also, make sure all the lights are intact and functioning properly. Watch this to find out how to keep your car clean and use this tutorial to change the headlight.
Brake pads are something you cannot repair, so they need replacement when worn out. The minimum thickness of a disc brake pad is one millimeter. Make sure, you replace them before they damage the rotors. Here’s a tutorial to change disc brake pads yourself.