Automobile maintenance is something that many people tend to delegate to their mechanic, but is it really necessary? In this article, we will explore some of the tasks that you can do on your own to keep your car in good condition. From changing a tire to checking brakes and oil levels, there are plenty of tasks that you can take care of yourself. So why wait? Get started today!
Checking fluid levels
One of the most important things you can do on your own to keep your car running smoothly is to check the fluid levels. Checking your fluids regularly will help you identify any issues early and potentially save you money on repairs down the road. Here are some of the most common fluid levels to check and what they mean:
Engine oil: This should be between 3/4 and 1 liter (2.2-3.8 quarts). If it’s below this level, it means your engine is not getting the oil it needs to function properly. You can add more oil yourself or have a mechanic do it for you.
Transmission fluid: This should be between 1 and 2 liters (0.46-0.89 quarts). If it’s below this level, it means your transmission is not getting the lubrication it needs to function properly. You can add more transmission fluid yourself or have a mechanic do it for you.
Changing the oil and filter
Most carmakers specify an oil change interval of 7,500 miles or every 3 months, whichever comes first. A full synthetic oil will last longer than conventional oil and is recommended for high-performance vehicles. Follow the manufacturer’s oil change procedures to prevent damaging the engine.
A filter should also be changed at least every 6 months or when the indicator light comes on. Inexpensive generic filters can be used for short periods of time, but if the car is not driven regularly, it will eventually need to be replaced with a more expensive brand.
Replacing seat covers
There are many types of seat covers available for cars. Your dealer or parts store should be able to help you find the right cover for your vehicle. Some seat covers are designed to be removable so that you can wash them in the washing machine.
Others are designed to be permanent and need to be replaced only when they wear out. You can also get aftermarket seat covers for more than a fair price.
Replacing the air filter
The air filter in a vehicle should be replaced every 6 months or when the filter indicator light comes on. To replace the air filter in a car, follow these steps:
- Open the hood.
- Locate the air intake ducts on either side of the engine.
- These ducts lead to the air filters.
- Remove the old air filter by pulling it out from the intake ducts.
- Clean the surface of the filter with a cloth or vacuum cleaner and replace it with a new one.
- Close the hood and start the engine to check for leaks.