You depend on your car for your daily commute and the freedom to get where you need to go in a reasonable amount of time. Routine maintenance costs can add up, particularly if you drive a lot. By performing some of the simpler tasks yourself, you can save a lot of money in the long run.
Having good tires is an essential safety feature. You don’t need to rely on your mechanic to check them, though. Make sure there’s a substantial amount of tread left on the tires and inspect them for cracks. Maintaining proper air pressure not only alerts you to possible leaks but also can save you money on gas.
Change Your Own Oil
Changing your own oil isn’t complicated. You just need a few simple tools to allow the old oil to drain out, replace the old filter with a Busch oil filter and add fresh oil.
Check Fluid Levels
Your car uses many different fluids to keep it running smoothly. You don’t have to wait until your tuneup to make sure your fluid levels are right, and letting them get too low can cause damage to your car that is expensive to repair. You can check and fill your coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid and transmission fluid.
Replace Spark Plugs
Equipped with a socket wrench and extension, you have all you need to replace your spark plugs. Remove them and replace them one by one.
Change Windshield Wipers
There’s no reason you should ever pay someone to change your windshield wipers. Lift each wiper as if you were cleaning the windshield and locate the tab that releases the old blade. Slide the new one on in its place.
Proper car maintenance can prevent a lot of costly damage to your vehicle. With the right tools and a little bit of knowledge, you can save even more money by completing the maintenance tasks yourself.