DIY Car Care Tips
With so many of us staying at home right now, we’re all looking for ways to pass the time and save money. One of the best things you can do is learn some Do-It-Yourself car care! Not only can this be a fun and fulfilling activity for families or individuals, it can save you a great deal of money! There are a few simple things you can do at home with little to no investment to keep your car, truck, or SUV in tip-top shape!
For all of these DIY tasks, make sure you are using the proper equipment and replacement parts. You can find almost any part you need at most automotive maintenance stores, and if you’re not sure which part you need, just check your owner’s manual. We also urge you to use extreme caution while performing any maintenance, and make sure you are following all recommended safety procedures.
One of the easiest things to do at home is to change your engine air filter. All you have to do is pop the hood and locate your filter. It should be a black rectangular box with clips on the side If you can’t find it, just consult your owner’s manual. Open up the casing, remove the old filter, and pop the new one in just like the previous one. That’s all it takes!
Another very simple thing you can do is change your wiper blades. Even the highest quality wipers will wear out over time, but it’s very easy to replace them. Just find the right size blades for your vehicle and then follow the instructions on the packaging to remove the old ones and add the new. All you should have to do is unclip the old ones and slip the new ones back in place. Just doing that can save you a ton of money.
One of the most common and important reasons you take your vehicle to a garage is getting the oil and oil filter changed. Changing your oil at home is actually a pretty simple task, all it takes is a few inexpensive items and a little bit of know how. First things first, make sure you have everything you need before you start. You will need oil, a receptacle for the old oil, a ratchet, a funnel, an oil filter, and a jack or some other way of lifting your vehicle. An optional tool that can be very helpful is an oil filter wrench. It’s not 100% necessary, but can make removing the old oil filter much easier. To change your oil, ensure that your engine is fully cooled, as it is very dangerous to change hot oil. Driving your car for a few minutes and then letting it cool can help your oil flow more easily so long as you let the engine cool down afterwards. Park your car on a flat, level surface, and then use a jack to lift the front end of your vehicle. This step isn’t necessary if you have enough clearance to get underneath your vehicle without lifting it. Next, get underneath your car and locate the oil pan. There should be a large drain plug easily visible. Position your receptacle underneath the oil pan and unscrew the plug with your ratchet. Be ready to reposition the receptacle as the oil may flow out a bit further than you might expect. Wait for the oil to drain completely, and then replace the drain plug. Ensure that the plug it tightened securely or your oil may leak. Next, locate and remove the oil filter. It should be near the oil pan, but some models may be different.
Check your owner’s manual if you can’t find it. Use your hand or an oil filter wrench to remove the filter, then simply screw the new one on, again making sure it is tightly secured. Double check that the old O-ring came off with the old filter, as this can cause you to get a bad seal. Once that is back on, lower your vehicle down, then open the hood. Locate the oil tank and remove the plug. Using your funnel, pour however much oil your vehicle requires, which can be found in your owner’s manual. Once you have added as much oil as you need, simply screw the plug back on and you’re done! The only thing left to do is discard the old oil at a proper disposal site. Changing your own oil takes a bit of practice, but it is very rewarding and can save you a ton of money.
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