A Simple Guide to DIY Car Maintenance
For those of us who are uninitiated to the world of car maintenance the thought of tinkering with anything under the hood can bring with it a feeling of dread. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are plenty of simple maintenance procedures that can be done by pretty much anyone, saving you a small fortune in garage bills in the process.
Whether or not you are going to do the work it’s essential to, at least, check a few simple things regularly. These include tire pressure, oil levels, water (screen wash and radiator), and service intervals. You don’t want to have to call out the breakdown service just because you didn’t check something.
Oil & Water
Keeping an eye on topping up fluids is key. If your radiator runs low, you have overheating issues. If you allow the oil to run low and don’t have a spare can to top up with you are risking a catastrophic engine failure. Monthly checks, or before any lengthy drive, are essential. It’s even simple to change the oil on your vehicle; there is an oil release valve on the bottom of every engine; or you can use an oil pump if you don’t like the idea of draining it out.
Look after the bodywork on your car. Firstly, this helps make the vehicle look good, and hold it’s value. Small scratches and marks often polis out or can be fixed with simple paint sprays. Also, if you do have any corrosion then it may affect performance or safety. If you are confident you can attempt body-work repairs, even if your car needs welding, it’s easy to find mig welders for sale.
One of the simplest jobs that people often are wary of is changing filters. There is simply no reason to shy away from these tasks. Fuel & Air filters are key components but are so easy to swap over as you can see where the old one comes out, the new one slots in, in an identical manner. Have a look at this guide for a Fiat Ducato, but the process is similar for any car or van
Again, another task that is so easy to complete, and there is little that can go wrong. A new and clean spark plug can instantly improve the performance of a struggling motor where this is the issue. All that is needed is a socket set to remove the old plugs and screw in the new ones. The only mild concern is not to over-tighten the spark plugs and damage the threading.
We saved the easiest for last. Arguably the most difficult part of changing the battery is lifting the sodding thing, the average car battery weighs in at a whopping 41 pounds. The change itself requires the removal of the two terminal connections, positive and negative, lifting the battery out, and tightening the terminals again on the new battery. Be mindful to dispose of the old battery at a licensed recycling center rather than putting it out with the trash.