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5 DIY Auto Maintenance Tips

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.

Radiator Coolant

Consider coolant to be yourradiator’s fuel. Just like your vehicle’s fuel does not last forever,radiator’s coolant also decreases with time. Therefore, I advise you to replaceyour coolant after every 40,000 kilometers. Radiator coolant is preserved in atransparent container with markings. If the liquid is not at the full line, addwater to the required marking.

Change Your Air Filter

Would you believe me if I say youcan change your car’s air filter in a few minutes? Park your car under a shadeand find the existing air filter, which in most new vehicles should be in arectangular cold air box near the front of the engine compartment. Remove itand place the new one exactly how the old one sat and then clamp back the metalclips. All set!

Change Oil

Just like radiator coolant, yourengine oil, brake oil, and transmission oil need changing a specific period.For instance, the engine oilshould be changed between 3000 to 5000 miles. To check the quality andlevel 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. Thistime pull the dipstick to find the level of the oil. Use a similar method tocheck the transmission oil.

Replace Spark Plugs

Spark plugs are importantcomponents of your car, for they catalyze the air/fuel mixture. Spark plugsusually need replacing after every 30,000 miles. Changing them is not aHerculean task. Firstly, you need to locate them – they are usually resting atthe engine end, attached with thick wires. Depending on your car, there couldbe three, four, six or eight of them. Remove them with the wire in the orderthey are installed by using a spark plug socket and install the new spark plugsone 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’sbattery provides the required electric current to feed the starter, which inturn launches the engine. However, do you know debris and rubble picked fromoutside can prevent it from starting? Therefore, it is important you keep yourbattery compartment clean. Start by removing the battery terminals and then usebaking soda or toothpaste (it works wonders!) to clean the dirt. Aftercleaning, dry the posts with a cloth and replace the battery terminals.

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