DIY: Car Maintenance Tips

Maintaining your car can make everything run much more smoothly and save you lots of money in the long run. You don’t have to take it to a mechanic every time you need to do maintenance. Here are some tips for you to check on your car to make sure it’s running properly.

Owner’s Manual

When you purchase your car or even if you’ve had it for years, take some time to read through the owner’s manual to know about the optimal way to work with your car. It only takes a few minutes to read through the entire thing, and then review it frequently, especially if you have a specific question in mind. Most owner’s manuals are found online so you may want to download it to your phone so it’s always with you.

Walk Arounds

Perform a walk around on your car frequently to assess any abnormalities in the tires, body, headlights, taillights, windshield wipers, and any other aspects of your car. If you see something, make a note to get it fixed. You don’t want to be driving at night and realize that you don’t have one of your headlights.

Do Regular Check-ups

Investing in an OBD2 monitor can save you money and give you peace of mind to know if everything is working in your car. Pairing the monitor with an app, you’ll be able to do a check-up and be alerted to any issues. If your monitor tells you that something isn’t working, you can then take the vehicle to the mechanic or an expert.

Check Tires

Your tires are one of the first things to wear out first in a car, so make sure to have them checked regularly. Keep a tire gauge in your car to make sure they are filled to the correct pressure the manual suggests.

Rotate your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles to ensure their longevity. Replace them as needed. If you notice any bulges or baldness, get the tires checked immediately so that you don’t get a flat. It seems expensive at first but saves hundreds of dollars if the worst thing were to happen.

Change Fluids Regularly

Check the oil when the car is off and cooled down by pulling out the dipstick and then cleaning it off and putting it back in to check that it is at the right levels and is the right color. Have a professional change the oil every 5,000 miles and while you’re at the shop, have the mechanic check the power steering fluid, window washer fluid, and other fluids your car needs to run.

Keep the Car Clean and Covered

Keeping the car clean can do wonders for your gas mileage, maintenance, and appearance of your car.

Many car washes offer monthly unlimited wash programs that are a great investment to keep up with your car. Vacuum and wipe down the inside regularly to keep all the parts in good working condition and make you feel good when you drive.

During winter and summer months, it’s important to keep the car covered when you can so it doesn’t overheat or get too cold. Extreme temperatures can impact the performance of your vehicle.

Investing in a little time, effort and money here and there is much better than a massive expense of a crash or getting stuck on the freeway. You can save a lot of money by simply maintaining the upkeep of your car.

 

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