This handy guide to DIY car care will keep you moving and save you lots of cash.
You don’t need to spend a small fortune on expensive servicing. With a few tools and a little know-how, you can save loads of cash with our handy guide to DIY car maintenance.
Make sure you’re not too full of hot air!
Over-inflated tyres result in a less effective contact with the road. This can impact steering, reduce ride quality and your grip on the road and create uneven tyre wear. Under-inflated tyres also create problems including making the engine harder and using more fuel. The appropriate tyre pressure is printed on the sidewall of the tyre; make sure yours are correctly inflated for a smooth run on the road.
Change your wiper blades
You don’t need to pay your mechanic a small fortune to do this for you. A quick trip to your local auto parts shop and in 15 minutes you can have the job done. You should replace your wiper blades every six months or so, or whenever you notice they’re streaking. Wiper blade setup can differ quite a bit from car to car, so check your manual, but the process is pretty simple:
If you get distracted or just can’t remember exactly how the new blades should fit on the wiper arm, don’t worry. The packaging for the new blades should have a general set of instructions and a helpful diagram.
Blown a bulb on a headlight or indicator? Replacing it can be about as simple as it is for a lamp at home. Simply remove the blown bulb and pop into your local auto parts store or petrol station to grab a replacement, pop it in and you’re back in action!
Replace your air filter
The air filter is the part of the car that keeps dirt and particles from outside from getting into the engine when the engine sucks in air. It’s incredibly important to your car’s operation – a dirty filter can affect fuel economy and engine performance. The good news is, there are few replacements on your car that are this simple. You need a new air filter for your car every 12 months or so.
Keep a check on your battery
A dead battery can be one of the most frustrating car problems, because it’s usually so simple to avoid. A good battery connection is essential for keeping your car running smoothly and efficiently – just a few specks of crunchy white residue on the posts can keep your car from starting. A simple visual check of the condition of your battery will tell you when you need to perform this cleaning process:
Pop the hood every few months and take a look at the battery to see if it needs this simple cleaning.
Stay well oiled
Castrol suggests an oil change every 5,000 to 7,000km, and you can save time and money by handling this yourself. Before you start, keep in mind these precautions:
Never change your oil when your engine is hot. Park, wait for it to cool, and then get started.
Now that you’ve covered safety first, it’s time to get a little dirty.
Get under your car and locate the plug for the oil tank.
Changing your oil is probably the dirtiest job on this list, but it might be the most rewarding too!
Flush your radiator
With normal wear and tear, your car’s radiator builds up deposits that can disrupt the cooling system. A radiator flush is a quick and inexpensive way to keep your system in shape. Check your manual to find out if you need to flush the radiator every one or two years.
Remember – temperature can be a dangerous issue when you’re working on your car, so make sure you give your engine plenty of time to cool before you start and before you drain the radiator. Don’t rush this, or any other job, and always err on the side of caution.