Your car is a work of art – really. Entire teams have spent years designing, testing and tweaking your auto’s internal design to ensure that it meets your needs. But without maintenance, the vehicle that has been designed with the utmost care might start to display its age.
The engine will wear. The transmission will wear. Your vehicle will become less reliable.
And sure, there are some manufacturers that are known to have problems while others are known for cars that can last hundreds of thousands of miles with little to no problems.
You’ll want to do a few things well before even thinking about your vehicle’s maintenance:
These are just some of the basics that can go a long way in ensuring that your vehicle stays in tip-top shape for years to come.
You spent a lot of money on your vehicle, so it only makes sense to do everything you can to extend the vehicle’s lifespan. The 5 DIY maintenance tips to extend your vehicle’s lifespan that I recommend are:
Print out this checklist to better be able to maintain your vehicle. I recommend that you pick a manual for your vehicle that provides you with vehicle-specific instructions on repairing and maintaining your vehicle.
But we’ll provide some information for these basic maintenance tasks below.
Changing an air filter is so easy that you often don’t need tools, and when you do, a ratchet is often the only thing you’ll need. The air filter should be changed every 12 months or 12,000 miles – whichever comes first.
You’ll need to:
That’s it. Online forums or a good manual will help you locate the air filter.
If you have 45 minutes, you can change your car’s oil. You’ll need to have the following tools available:
Follow the mileage benchmark set in your manual for when to change your oil. Now, make sure the vehicle is cool. You’ll also need a car jack and need to know how to jack up your vehicle.
Now, follow these steps:
You’ll be surprised at how many check engine lights come on per year because fluid levels remained low for too long. This is simple, and you’ll need to have any required fluids available. Simply open the hood, and locate the dip-stick or level for:
Check and replace fluids as needed. If the fluids are dirty, you may need to drain them and replace them.
If your battery cables get dirty, you’ll have problems starting your vehicle. A good rule of thumb is to clean these cables every time you check your fluids – once every month or every other month will suffice.
You’ll need a few items:
A quick visual check will signal you to any erosion which may exist. Once you’ve checked for erosion, you’ll want to:
You can also use corrosion removing fluid, but I find the wire brush to work better.
Spark plugs are a bit complicated to replace, so make sure you’re comfortable before following these steps. You’ll also need a ratchet, socket wrench, spark plug socket and a 12″ socket extension to get started.
Now, open your hood and locate your spark plugs.
You need to ensure that you do this one wire at a time so that the wire order doesn’t get mixed up. Buy pre-gapped spark plugs and a torque wrench to follow the right specs for your vehicle.
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