Repair Your Car and Save Money!
A car is already expensive, so unplanned maintenance items can be very frustrating. Some mornings you wake up, turn the key in the ignition and hear nothing but unhelpful sputtering. For some reason your car doesn’t want to wake up this morning. With a few helpful tools and the internet, you could diagnose the problem, and get the equipment and do the work yourself—resulting in saving a lot of money.
The most important thing to understand about car maintenance is by keeping a good car maintenance schedule of oil changes and tune-ups, you can keep your car in good condition and avoid future expensive repairs. Here are some great tips to keep your car healthy with a good car maintenance checklist.
A very important tip to having a successful car maintenance checklist is performing oil changes. On average, the typical oil change should be done every 5-7,000 miles depending on your vehicle and the oil you use. Do some research and contact a professional to figure out what oil is the best option for your vehicle. When you change the oil, replace the oil filter and use a quality oil. There are great tutorials on the internet that can teach you how to change your oil. Instead of choosing to not get the oil changed on your vehicle, learn how to do it yourself at home. Most vehicles’ oil can be changed with relative ease and learning how is as simple as a quick web search on the topic. Keep up to date with your car maintenance schedule by changing your oil.
A Tune-up should be performed every 10-25,000 miles depending on the spark plugs you use. Platinum plugs will last longer, and work better. You should also replace your plug wires when it’s needed. If your car has a distributor cap, check if that needs to be replaced as well to keep the engine firing correctly. In order to perform your tune-up correctly, it is vital to replace the spark plug wires in the exact order you removed them. If the wires are mixed up, your car will misfire and run rough.
As you prepare to do a tune-up, it’s important to have the correct resources and tools at hand. For example, when changing your oil, you will need a ratchet set, and a filter remover. Each model will require different procedures depending on your engine.
When you purchase auto parts, you need to make sure they are compatible with your make/model and the engine for your vehicle. Many variables can decide which part you need. Contact a professional and find out what size your engine is. Once you have the engine size, you will be in a better position to get the right parts for your car.
You can find great tutorials online that will teach you how to rotate your tires, perform tune-ups and change your oil. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or contact a professional if needed. Most easy repairs can be completed if you are willing to search out the resources. People love sharing the things they learn and take a lot of time to write up explanations, take pictures of problems and even demonstrate the processes through videos. You do not have to be a car whizz to understand what they are doing. In fact, a lot of times the explanations are explained at a level that most anyone can relate to.
The best thing about these tutorials is that they are completely free. Combine that with the free labor you will provide and the purchase of materials, you will save a lot of money.
We hope you have learned a lot about keeping your car healthy and saving money with a good car maintenance checklist.