Repair Your Car and Save Money!
Owning a car is a major investment. Many take out loans to purchase a car and spend five or six good years paying the debt off. On top of that, they are paying for gas every week, car insurance monthly, oil changes quarterly and registration every year. The total amount of money you spend just to drive the vehicle ads up to thousands of dollars every year. But it’s okay, because when you purchase your car, you expect to pay for these expenses and you have planned for them.
The hardest thing to afford are unplanned maintenance items. Some mornings you wake up, turn the key in the ignition and hear nothing but unhelpful sputtering. For some reason your car wants to wake up this morning less than you did. With the help of the internet and a few helpful tools, you could diagnose the problem yourself, get the equipment and do the work yourself—removing the need for a high priced mechanic to charge you for labor. Many home mechanics post helpful tips and tricks at figuring out your problem and fixing it.
The most important thing to understand about car maintenance is that when you maintain a good schedule of oil changes and tune-ups, you can keep your car in good working order and avoid more expensive repairs.
On average, the typical oil change should be done every 5-7,000 miles. When you change the oil, replace the oil filter and use a quality oil or synthetic. For newer vehicles, a 10/40w will be good, while a thicker weight such as 5w30 will suffice. As a rule, Quaker State or Penzoil are quality oils, which can keep your engine in good working order. There are great tutorials on the internet that can teach you how to change 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 replace the plug wires every other tune-up at least. If your car has a distributor cap, that should 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 instance, for your oil change, you will need a ratchet set, as well as a filter remover. Each model will require different procedures depending on your engine.
When you purchase auto parts, you need to make sure you have the right make/model and engine for your vehicle. Many variables can decide which part you need. The engine size is usually found on the bottom of the hood, or on a plate inside the engine compartment. 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 on YouTube that will teach you how to rotate your tires, and change your oil. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, look at pictures and read. 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 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 pay less money on every repair if you can just do it yourself.