DIY Car Maintenance Tips
We depend on our vehicles to take us to work, food, friends and much more. When your car works perfectly, you may not give maintenance much thought, but regular care will ensure your car remains the safe, reliable ride you need to get around. These easy DIY car maintenance tips require no mechanical knowledge, but ensue your car stays in tip-top shape.
1. Keep up with the regular maintenance schedule
Poorly maintained cars boost fuel consumption by up to 15% — along with greenhouse gas emissions.
2. Check tire pressure monthly
If your car has just a single tire under-inflated by 8 psi, the life of the tire is reduced by almost 9,000 miles and fuel consumption is increased 4%. Check the owner’s manual for optimum tire pressure and check it monthly to make sure it stays there.
3. Check and Change the oil regularly
Check the oil level regularly. Also, keep in mind that worn-out oil can harm engine performance, increase fuel consumption and even cause engine damage. Keep a sticker on your window to remind you when it’s time to have the oil changed.
4. Change the air filter
Replace the air filter every 12 months or 12,000 miles. While you could pay a mechanic to do it for you, replacing your own air filter only takes about ten minutes.
5. Check the battery connection
Ensuring your battery is properly connected only takes about twenty minutes. Simply remove the battery cables from the battery, starting with the negative cables, then clean the posts with a wire brush and corrosion removal fluid. Clean the battery terminals, then rinse the fluid with water, dry and reinstall.
6. Replace brake pads
Changing the brake pads is one of the most important maintenance schedules you should stick to, as worn brakes get expensive if you allow the damage to worsen, thereby damaging other parts of the system. Worn brakes also harm your stopping ability. Most brake pads need to be replaced every 20,000 miles, but they may need to be replaced more often if you do a lot of stop-and-go driving.
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