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car maintenance basics

Routine maintenance is crucial to keeping your car in solid running condition. Now if your car runs like Bumblebee does in Transformers then you have nothing to worry about but that is highly unlikely since Bumblebee is an alien robot!

Simple things like checking the oil or checking and replacing different car fluids can go a long way in extending the longevity of your vehicle. What’s more, there are easy to perform DIY tasks that require minimal knowledge and few or no tools.

Here are 4 basic DIY maintenance tasks for every car owner:

Changing the Air Filter

The air filter should be changed every 12 months or after the vehicle has run 12,000 miles. This is a relatively easy task. A ratchet is probably the only tool that could be required for this job.

Steps to Change the Air Filter

That’s it. You’re done!

Check and Replace Car Fluid Levels

Again, this is a relatively easy and quick task. Always keep essential car fluids on hand for easy replacement. Your car manual will carry instructions on when the fluids should be replaced.

6 fluids you will need:

Steps to check and replace car fluid levels

Changing the Spark Plug

This is a slightly more complicated process and will require a certain level of expertise and comfort with the workings of your car. Don’t expect your dog to help! They can stand guard though!

Tools required

Steps to change the spark plugs

Changing the Car Oil

All that you require to change the oil are the right set of tools and a basic understanding of certain parts of your car. Your manual will provide instructions on when oil changes should be carried out so be sure to check your manual.

Tools Required

Steps to Change the Car Oil

Start your engine, let it run for 2-3 minutes to warm up the engine. Once the car is cool again do the following;

Don’t Guess!

Every car comes with a manual which contains information and instructions on simple repairs and maintenance work that you can carry out easily in your home garage.

So make sure you read the manual before getting under the hood of your car! If however, you are unsure about any of these tasks, a local mechanic will be able to help you out easily.