If you’re trying to save money its important you improve at general projects that you’re used to paying for. You can save plenty without big servicing bills from your local garage.
I’m not a car expert, and you dont have to be either.. But I’ve found that with a few YouTube videos, some research and a bit of determination you can quickly get a good understanding of basic maintenance.
I’ve decided to keep my old car rather than sell it, so by taking care of these repairs, I’ve saved a fair bit of money over the years!
1. Changing The Air Filter
You require another air filter for your auto at regular intervals or 12,000 miles, whichever is first. You can pay a technician and surrender your car for a day, or you can change your air filter at home in around ten minutes.
To start with, discover your channel in the engine of your auto. It’s in a dark rectangular box with metal clasps as an afterthought. Check your proprietor’s manual on the off chance that you don’t consider it to be soon as you pop the hood.
Open up the packaging, and look at how the air channel fits inside it. Make a note of which way the channel faces.
Expel the old air channel, and embed the new one precisely how the old one sat.
Keep in mind to close the metal clasps when you’re set.
That is it. For additional reserve funds over the long haul, you can augment the life of your new air channel by hitting it with some packed air to get out any flotsam and jetsam.
2. Changing The Windshield Wipers
Lift the blades, as if you were giving your windscreen a wash, and remove the old blades.
Do NOT forget how the old blades clipped on.
On the majority of models, you’ll see a tab on the underside of the wiper. Push the tab to remove the old blade.
Attach the new blades, being very careful of the arms and the windscreen. Line it all up and make sure the new blades go on secure and tight.
3. Changing The Spark Plugs
Spark plugs are obvious, they’re connected to the fat rubber wires.
You’ll find either four, six, or eight plugs, depending on how many cylinders your car has.
Take out the wire to the first spark plug only. Don’t remove them all at once. Spark plugs are installed in a specific order, which you must stick too!
Use your spark plug socket and extension on your ratchet to remove the first spark plug.
Install the new spark plug, screw it in by hand to begin with and then tighten it with a wrench or your best oscillating multi tool. Don’t screw them too tight!
Re-attach the spark plug wire.
Repeat these steps for each of the plugs, one at a time!
4. Changing The Oil and Oil Filter
You should change your oil every 3000 or so miles, you can push it to 5000 but the more regular the better.
The golden rule is never attempt to change the oil when the engine is hot!
Unfortunately, you need to get under the car and find the vehicles pan.
Unscrew the plug and drain out all of the old oil into your oil pan.
Once all of the oil is drained, put the plug back in.
Remove the old filter from the engine. (Be careful, because the oil filter contains some old oil as well).
Lubricate the rubber gasket on the new oil filter with some new motor oil.
Fill the new oil filter about two-thirds of the way with new oil.
Screw in the new oil filter and remember to just screw it by hand.
Fill the engine with new oil, using a funnel.
With a dip-stick, double check your oil level to be sure you’ve added enough.
Get rid of the old filter and old oil.
5. General Battery Maintenance
Take out the battery terminals, which is really easy. Make sure you always remove the negative cable first. If they’re stuck, use a screwdriver to loosen it a bit.
Clean the posts. Its important to know that these solutions are nothing more than baking soda and water, so if you want to save some cash, make your own. Generously apply the fluid to the posts, give it a good scrub with a wiry brush.
Rinse the cleaning fluid with a little water.
Dry the posts with rags.
Replace the battery terminals.