Of all the devices and machines you own, your car probably is the only possession most resistant to a good number of DIY improvement attempts. The facts that modern cars demand expensive and complicated electronic diagnostics systems to identify and repair problems further aggravates the situation. This notwithstanding, there are a lot many fixes that you are competent enough to undertake and in the process, save money and even gain experience to fix even more complex issues. These DIY auto repair tips offer an insight into some of these fixes.
1. Clean the engine and most parts
This sounds rather obvious but it does go a long way. The time you spend with water and a little soap under the hood of your car actually translates to a lot more gain. Cleaning the engine compartment makes it easy during the inspection, for the mechanics to identify leaks, hose, and belt breaks as well as other problems that may end up being catastrophic. In addition, such efforts reward you with a cooler running motor.
2. Replace your air filters as often as is reasonable
You need to change your air filters after every 10,000 to 12,000 miles or basically, after a year on the road. If you prefer the glove treatment then you can pay a mechanic as well as give up your car for about a day. Alternatively, you can replace these filters in the comfort of your garage and only take ten minutes doing so. This simple activity saves you money and time. Furthermore, you can extend the life of the new filters by using compressed air to hit them. This treatment helps clear any trapped debris.
3. Prioritize the car battery’s maintenance
A good battery connection is one of the easiest ways of ensuring that your car runs smoothly and efficiently. To demonstrate just how important this is, note that only a few white specks or crunchy residue around the terminals are all it takes to keep the car from starting. You can ensure the connections are always in order by conducting regular visual checks and, cleaning the posts as is appropriate. Professional cleaners work wonders but it is important to note that almost all of these constitute of baking soda and water as the key ingredients. If you are feeling frugal as such, you can make your own cleaner at home using the said ingredients.
4. Flush your radiator regularly
The car’s radiator and cooling system may seem like a passive component but one that can frustrate you when not in proper working condition. Fortunately, flushing is almost adequate in taking care of the debris that builds up because of normal wear and tear. Before flushing, consult the manual to ascertain the recommended duration between each flushing exercise.
5. Keep an eye on your brake pads
The brakes on your car are its number one safety feature. You as such need to monitor these and replace the pads often. The recommended period is after every 20,000 miles or so. You may need to replace them a lot more often if ‘stop-and-go’ driving describes a better part of your commute.
These DIY auto repair tips represent repair or replacement activities that on average, cost anywhere between $40 and $100. And, these are just a few of the many repairs you need to undertake from time to time. Converting these and many more requisite activities into DIY repairs can help you slash on expenses.