Your vehicle is vital for getting you to work, taking your children to school or simply traveling around town. That is why it is important to keep your vehicle well-maintained.
A well-maintained vehicle will run long past 100,000 miles. It will also keep you from spending thousands of dollars on preventable repairs. The thing is, a long list of repairs over a long vehicle life can get confusing opting for some to ditch their old car in favour of a new one, well before its necessary to do so.
So, where do you start? Here are five DIY car maintenance tasks you need to know now.
DIY car inspection
You don’t have to be a mechanic to give your vehicle an inspection. You don’t have to get too technical looking at everything under the hood either. However, you can check some of the important parts yourself.
You can easily check to see if the headlights, brake lights and turn signals are working correctly. You can also inspect the tire pressure and the oil levels.
These simple tasks can keep your car running well and prevent you from having an accident down the line.
Check the battery and clean its connectors
It is important to make sure your battery hasn’t accumulated mineral build-up on its connectors. However, if you do find build-up, you should know how to clean it. By having clean battery connectors, your battery’s energy current will flow freely.
It is always a good idea to buy a set of jumper cables. You can purchase a pair from your local auto parts shop and keep them in your trunk in case you need a jump.
Replace the cabin air filter
The cabin air filter cleans the air that enters a vehicle through the ventilation system. Many automakers put the cabin air filter in an easy to find place, so changing it is a snap.
Although changing the air filter will not keep the vehicle on the road longer, it does make driving more pleasant. There is nothing worse than getting into a vehicle that blows dirt and dust through its ventilation system. Nor is it pleasant to be stuck in a vehicle that smells.
DIY spark plugs
Even though it seems like a big task, changing your spark plugs is quite easy. If your spark plugs are worn out, then your vehicle’s engine isn’t working as efficiently as it should. In addition, worn-out spark plugs could cause further problems down the line.
There are plenty of DIY tutorials online that can demonstrate exactly how to change you vehicle’s spark plugs.
Change your oil yourself
If you are like most people, you get your oil changed about four times a year. Some mechanics in the United States charge $50 or more to change your oil. That could cost around $200 a year for a job you can do yourself for a fraction of the price.
Get the right parts for the job!
By adding your vehicle to your Blitzify Garage, we’ll make sure you order the right parts for the job. We’ll also help you keep track of your own maintenance schedule, so you can keep your car running like a dream!
Once again, Blitzify gives you exactly what your car needs, when you need it. You can quote us on it!