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As much as we all wish that our cars could be perfect forever, it is unlikely to happen. When you decide to own a car, it means that you have decided to dedicate your money and time in making sure that it is well maintained.
While you will prefer the easy way out of maintenance that is, driving to the nearest mechanic or dealer, it is much easier if you learned some of the DIY car maintenance tips you can do yourself to make a saving. Apart from cash saving, you are better off entrusting your car in your own hands rather than in the hands of a stranger.
Here are some of the DIY car maintenance tips you can do to save cash
You will require a socket or ratchet wrench, spark plug socket and a 12-inch socket extension. The whole fixing will take you between 20 to 30 days, and the total cost will be around $10.
After every 50,000 KM, you will need to replace your spark plug, but to be sure, check out your manual guide to know when you are supposed to replace yours. If you decide to take it to the dealer or mechanic, it will cost you some cash yet it is something you can do it yourself. All you need is to set some time aside and be patient. You shouldn’t be in a hurry because the process is supposed to be done in a certain order.
- First, locate the spark plugs, and this should be easy because they usually attach to rubbery wires. Their number varies depending on your type of car; they could be four, six or eight.
- You will then have to remove the wire to the first spark plug (avoid removing all the spark plug wires at once). They are normally installed in a certain order which you should take note of.
- You will then be in a position to replace the first spark plug by screwing it by the hand, then making it tight by the use of the wrench so that you have a snug fit. You shouldn’t over tighten it.
- You will then have to reattach the spark wire.
The above step should be followed for all the spark plugs handling one at a time. When purchasing them, you should go for the right ones to avoid having the gaping, as they will be pre-gapped.
To DIY this, you will need corrosion removal fluid, wrenches, rags, and wires. It will take you around 20 minutes to complete the whole process at an approximate cost of $5. A few rust or residues on the posts of the battery can cause it not to start at all. For your car to run efficiently and smoothly, you will require a good battery connection. A simple visual check on your battery will make you be able to know if it requires a change.
- Remove the terminal of the battery which you will find to be a straightforward process. The negative cable should be removed before the positive. If you find that it is stuck, use a screwdriver to pry it lose.
- You can use some coca cola to clean the posts. Apply it generously and clean it thoroughly with a wire brush.
- Use some water to clean off the fluid
- Use the rag to dry the posts
- Replace the battery terminals
When a battery is dead, it can be so frustrating to you so why not avoid the problem by making sure that you do regular maintenance. If you have used the battery for quite a while and it is old, it is necessary to do regular checks for any residues that might cause it to jam.
When DIY the fuel filters, you need no tools, and it will take you only 10 minutes at the cost of $10. After every 12 months or when you cover a total of 12,000 KM, depending on which comes first, you will have to change your fuel filter. Do it yourself and save some cash:
- The fuel filter is normally located in a tight, clipped metal box on its sides. If you are not sure, consult your car manual
- You should then case open and study how the casing fits inside so that you don’t make mistakes when you replace the new one.
- You then remove the old filter and insert the new one in the exact position as the one you removed.
- Close the metal clips when you are done with the replacement.
To DIY the oil filter, you will require an oil filter wrench, ratchet, funnel and oil pan. The whole thing will take you between 30 and 40 minutes, and you will be done at the cost of around $20. It should be done after you have run for 5,000 KM. Make sure that the engine is cool before you do the oil filter change and at the same time, the car should be jacked for you to be comfortable when making the change.
- Get hold of the oil pan by going under the car to locate it
- The drain plug has to be unscrewed and the old oil, drained into the oil pan then replace the oil drain
- Go to the engine, remove the old oil filter using the oil filter wrench
- The rubber gasket has to be lubricated on the new oil filter using the new oil
- The oil filter has to be filled with new oil up to two-thirds
- Screw the oil filter, and hand tighten it
- You should then fill the engine with the new oil using the funnel
- Use a dipstick to check the oil level to be sure that, what you have added is enough
- The old oil filter should be discarded while the oil can be recycled at the gas station
When replacing the windshield wipers, you need no tools at all, and you will do it in less than 15 minutes at an estimated cost of $20. You will need a replacement of your wipers after between 6 months and one year of use. Depending on your type of car, you will have to choose the appropriate wiper blade and using your manual; the process goes like this:
- You will have to lift the blade as if you are washing the windshield using your hand to enable you to remove the old blades
- You should note how the old blade was connecting with the metal arms so that when you replace, it fits the same
- If you have a modern car, you will be able to see a tab which is normally placed on the underside of the wiper; push it to remove the blade
- The new blade is then attached, and you should avoid bending the wiper arms or scratching your windshield. The lining should be done appropriately, and the new one should be tight and secure.
The above are among the many things that you can DIY car maintenance without having to go to a dealer or mechanic. You can save that cash and use it for something else. Treat your car the way you treat your own body; you don’t need to visit a doctor anytime you feel uncomfortable, at times, you can sort the uncomfortably on your own, same with the car.