3 DIY Car Maintenance Tasks
Whether you’ve just bought a new car, or you’ve owned your vehicle
for some time, it’s important to keep up with maintenance. Keeping your vehicle
properly maintained will ensure that it looks good and runs well. If you’re
worried about the cost of car maintenance, there are several tasks you can
perform yourself. Let’s discuss some of those DIY tasks.
1. Oil Changes
Changing your car’s oil is one of the most essential and easiest maintenance tasks. Your car’s engine needs clean oil to run. Dirty oil can cause costly damage, so it’s crucial to stay on schedule with your oil changes. First, consult your owner’s manual to see what type of oil you should use and how often it should be changed. Once you’ve purchased the proper oil and a new oil filter, you’ll want to change your clothes and have plenty of towels on hand. Oil changes can get very messy, very quickly.
Once you’re ready to perform the oil change, you’ll need to jack
up your car, find the oil pan, and remove the drain plug. Make sure that the
pan is drained of all old oil before you put the plug back in place. Then
remove the old oil filter. You can accomplish this task with a wrench.
Lubricate the rubber gasket before putting the new oil filter in place. Then
fill the new filter two-thirds of the way up with fresh oil. Check that the new
filter is screwed tightly in place.
Next, lower your car and pop the hood. Remove the oil cap and use
the new oil to fill the engine. Measure the oil with a dipstick to verify
you’ve added enough.
2. Windshield Wiper Replacement
Replacing your windshield wipers requires little time and costs next to nothing. After you’ve purchased new wipers, you can begin the replacement process by pulling an old wiper away from the windshield. A small tab underneath the wiper allows you to remove the wiper from the wiper arm easily.
Once the old wiper is removed, check that the new wiper is
properly lined up with the wiper arm. Lower the new wiper onto the arm. Be sure
that the hook on the arm faces the plastic clip on the wiper. Pull the new
wiper tightly so that it clicks into place.
3. Fuse Replacement
If you blow one of the fuses that powers your car’s headlights,
it’s easy to replace. Usually, cars come with spare fuses so it shouldn’t cost
you anything. Pull out the fuse box that’s located under the driver’s side
dashboard and find a fuse that appears melted. Replace the blown fuse with a
same-colored fuse. If you don’t see a melted fuse in the dashboard box, check
the box under the hood. Again, look for a fuse with a melted appearance and
replace with a same-colored fuse.
Hopefully, you’ll be able to implement these tasks into your car’s
maintenance schedule. Not only will you save money doing them yourself, but
you’ll enjoy your car for years to come.