DIY Preventative Maintenance
Taking care of your car can be intimidating, especially if you don’t understand the language mechanics speak at each of your oil changes. It can feel like you know nothing about cars, that you aren’t qualified to take care of your vehicle, or that everything is best left up to your local tune & lube for your car maintenance. But actually car maintenance can be quiet easy, and most preventative maintenance can keep you from going back to the mechanic for years. Preventative maintenance can protect your car from future problems, while also keeping your car running in pristine condition – as if it’s younger than it’s actual age.
Easy – Wipers
The best place to begin is with your wipers. You can buy replacement blades at any auto supply store, and they’re very easy to replace. Follow the directions, and ask an attendant for help if you aren’t sure which type to buy for your car. Refilling your wiper fluid is also easy. Buy a gallon of wiper fluid at any auto store or even gas station. Pop your hood and look for the wiper fluid container, usually clearly indicated. Top off the reservoir and test it – you’re done!
Intermediate – Filters
Air filters are often dismissed, but they keep your air and engine cleaner. Preventing the amount of dust and dirt that enters your engine is critical for keeping your engine young and free from friction and grime. Check your owner’s manual or simply conduct an internet search to learn where your air filters reside. Pull them out at an auto supply store and find a matching new version, then simply replace it! Set a reminder in your phone or calendar to switch it at the suggested interval.
Expert – Oil
Did you know it’s actually pretty simple to change your own oil? It can be a little tricky the first time, but once you know your car it’s quick and much cheaper than a mechanic oil change. Find the oil reservoir and check the “dot” level in the stirring stick. Slowly add the recommended oil to the reservoir until the dots are covered after a dip. Youtube videos or a seasoned mechanic can easily teach you to change your own oil in a mere afternoon if you feel inadequate. You can add oil additives to decrease friction in your engine, which can be especially helpful in older cars.
Preventative maintenance is the easiest way to keep your car in mint condition and to save yourself time, money, and headaches in the long run. Don’t be intimidated by DIY preventative car maintenance – you can do it!
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