May 03, 2017 at 11:41 AM
With the increasing prices, many people are looking for ways of cutting down automotive expenses. You can achieve this by avoiding the idea of taking your car to the mechanic for routine maintenance.
More often, you will need new wiper blades every six months. Some stores offer a free replacement but only after purchasing the most expensive windshield wipers from their store. So why not do it yourself? The wiper blade setup may differ slightly depending on the model of your car, so you may need to adjust slightly but there is no problem. Changing of the windshield wipers is very similar to setting up new air filters. Lift the blades as if you are washing the windshield and remove the old ones. Note how the old blades connect to the metal arms. Attach the new blades in the same way, and you are ready to go.
2. Changing the oil
Consider changing your car oil for every 3000 miles. You can save some few bucks by changing the oil yourself. You need a ratchet, funnel, oil filter wrench and an oil pan. Never change the oil while the engine is hot and remember that you will need to jack the car. Find the oil pan below your vehicle and unscrew the drain plug. Wait for the oil to drain and remove the oil filter from the engine using the oil filter wrench. Lubricate the rubber gasket with new oil and fill the new oil filter to about two-thirds with the new oil. Slide the oil filter in place and tighten it with your hands. Fill the engine with new oil using the funnel.
3. Replacing the air filter
Your car needs a new air filter after every 12 months or after covering 12,000 miles whichever comes first. You can do this at your home in less than fifteen minutes. Your filter is located under the hood of your car. Open the casing and remove the air filter that lies below it. You should take note of the way the filter faces. Then remove the old filter and replace it with the new filter. You should close the metal clips once you are done.
4. Tyre inflation and inspection
The tyres must be maintained in good condition for safety. You can perform simple checks to prevent the tyres from letting you down unexpectedly. You should inspect the tyres on a monthly basis and should concentrate on tread depth. If the tyre is cracked or damaged, consult your local mechanic. Check the inflation pressure of the tyres. Inflation pressure should be monitored on a daily basis most preferably twice a day. Maintain the pressure at recommended rates based on your car model.
5. Changing the spark plugs
Replacing your spark plug can take between 30-40 minutes depending on the number of plugs that you have. Locate the spark plugs under the hood of your vehicle. The spark plugs can either be four, six or eight. Pull the wires beginning from the end row. While pulling the wires, hold them close to the engine. After getting the first wire off, attach the spark plug socket and extension to the ratchet. Loosen the ratchet, slide it over the plug and remove the old plug. Replace it with a new plug and tighten with a wrench. Repeat the same for the remaining plugs.
If you have a diesel, do not look for them as they do not exist on diesel engines.