Car DIY Maintenance Tips
As long as you need transport, you will need a car, but unfortunately they tend to require a large amount of expensive maintenance that can sometimes leave you feeling like it would be better to own a horse, especially in your retirement years where being frugal is key to not wasting money.
But the next time you need to do a little car maintenance, instead of taking it to an expensive mechanic, rather take the time to learn these tips that can help you keep your car running smoothly without draining your savings. Not only will your car run for that much longer, but it will also mean you won’t have to send your car in for the day, and allow you to rather enjoy a film, some outdoor activities, or online betting.
- Air Filters
Air filters need to be replaced about once a year, and often enough, sending your car in to the local mechanic means having to wait a day before they can get to it. Instead, buy your own air filter and replace it yourself in about ten minutes.
- Find the filter under the hood. It will be a black box with metal clips on the side – but it’s recommended to check the owner’s manual to see exactly where and what it is.
- Open the casing by unlocking the metal clips, and make a note of how the filter sits inside the casing, and which way the filter faces.
- Remove the older filter, and insert the new one in the same position.
- Close the case and reapply the metal clips, and you’re done.
- Windshield Wipers
Having windshield wipers that are in good shape is a must, especially if you live in an area that rains frequently. Wipers can be difficult to replace if you’re unsure of what you’re doing, but fortunately it doesn’t have to be a hassle.
- Start by inspecting the old blade, and how it’s mounted on its bracket. Remove it by either undoing a clip, or by slotting it out at an angle.
- Take the new blade and slide it back into the slot in the same fashion as the old one.
- Double check that the new blades is set firmly against the windscreen, and give it a test to make sure it’s working properly.
- Changing Oil
Changing oil is one of the simplest pieces of maintenance you can perform, and should never take more than a minute.
- Make sure your car is not running before you change, and that it’s parked and has time to cool off.
- Use the owner’s manual to find the top of the oil tank: it should have a screw top that can be removed easily.
- The top will be attached to an oil dipstick, which is used to measure the level of the oil in the tank. Take it out; clean it with an old rag, and place it back in. Take it out once more, and you’ll be able to measure the amount of oil left.