Caring for your car is an essential part of car ownership. While there are some car maintenance necessities that you simply must see a trained automotive mechanic for, there are others that are straightforward enough for non-mechanics to tackle. With that in mind, for this week’s blog post we’re going to look at 5 car maintenance procedures that even non-mechanics can tackle.
Change Your Own Headlight Bulbs
Over time, bulbs burn out. It’s a simple fact of life. You can fix the problem yourself, and save some money in the process, by purchasing the right replacement bulb and installing it yourself. Some vehicles may have sealed beam headlights meaning you’ll need the talents of a trained automotive mechanic. Consult your owner’s manual for details.
Change Your Own Windshield Wipers
Windshield wipers are essential for removing moisture and water from the windshield exterior and ensuring optimal driving visibility. Again, over time windshield wipers deteriorate, nullifying their effectiveness and hampering visibility. Thankfully, changing windshield wipers is quite straightforward.
Replace Your Own Air Filters
Air Filters affect a variety of auto functions, such as mileage, and can become dirty and clogged over time. Fortunately, this is an extremely easy fix and can be done quite quickly. Buy the appropriate filter and swap it out for its dirty and clogged counterpart. Consult your owner’s manual for details.
Conduct Your Own Oil Change
Oil changes are relatively easy to do. When a vehicle has been running oil can get very hot, so be sure to keep that in mind. Conduct the change when the oil is cool (i.e. when the vehicle has been sitting for a few hours.) You’ll need tools such as a wrench, ratchet etc. to conduct this task properly. Consult your owner’s manual for details.
Replace Your Own Fuel Filters
Changing your fuel filter is good for engine cleanliness and performance. When conducting this change, be sure to alleviate the pressure in your fuel system prior to conducting the procedure. Failure to do so may result in injury and damage.
There you have a few relatively straightforward DIY car maintenance tips. Please keep in mind that the info listed above is for illustration purposes only and you should do further research before conducting any work on your vehicle. Contact a trained automotive mechanic for detailed information about your specific problem.
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