As a car owner, you will second my statement when I say how profound a feeling it is when you brush off the dust and rubble from your car and it assumes its original color – radiating in beauty. However, cleaning is just one way to keep your car in top condition. You also have to change engine oil, oil filter and air filter regularly among other things. If you avoid the proper upkeep, your car may break down on the road or get caught for a traffic offense and you have to call Marsh Blom for help. The good news is you do not need to be a mechanic or a technical expert to follow simple DIY maintenance tips to keep your car in top shape. You can easily perform the following tasks in your garage to save the costs of a mechanic.
Consider coolant to be your radiator’s fuel. Just like your vehicle’s fuel does not last forever, radiator’s coolant also decreases with time. Therefore, I advise you to replace your coolant after every 40,000 kilometers. Radiator coolant is preserved in a transparent container with markings. If the liquid is not at the full line, add water to the required marking.
Change Your Air Filter
Would you believe me if I say you can change your car’s air filter in a few minutes? Park your car under a shade and find the existing air filter, which in most new vehicles should be in a rectangular cold air box near the front of the engine compartment. Remove it and place the new one exactly how the old one sat and then clamp back the metal clips. All set!
Just like radiator coolant, your engine oil, brake oil, and transmission oil need changing a specific period. For instance, the engine oil should be changed between 3000 to 5000 miles. To check the quality and level of the engine oil, use the dipstick. Pull the dipstick from the tube, clean the oil on the dipstick with a rag and then reinsert it in the tube. This time pull the dipstick to find the level of the oil. Use a similar method to check the transmission oil.
Replace Spark Plugs
Spark plugs are important components of your car, for they catalyze the air/fuel mixture. Spark plugs usually need replacing after every 30,000 miles. Changing them is not a Herculean task. Firstly, you need to locate them – they are usually resting at the engine end, attached with thick wires. Depending on your car, there could be three, four, six or eight of them. Remove them with the wire in the order they are installed by using a spark plug socket and install the new spark plugs one by one. Use a wrench to tighten them but do not over-tight.
Keep Your Battery In Check
I am sure you know that your car’s battery provides the required electric current to feed the starter, which in turn launches the engine. However, do you know debris and rubble picked from outside can prevent it from starting? Therefore, it is important you keep your battery compartment clean. Start by removing the battery terminals and then use baking soda or toothpaste (it works wonders!) to clean the dirt. After cleaning, dry the posts with a cloth and replace the battery terminals.