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DIY Maintenance Tips
We’ve all been here: there’s no time to go get your car serviced so you take it upon yourself to do it. Other times, it’s just about trying to live a more frugal life. In any case, DIY car maintenance is something you can definitely do if you’re running short on time or money. We’ve provided a few tips to help you out below.
Air Filter - To change your air filter you don’t need any tools and it only takes about 10 minutes. Simply purchase the air filter you need for your vehicle and you’ll be ready. Then, find the filter under the hood of your car. It’s located in a black rectangular box with clips, and you can find the location in the owner’s manual if you aren’t able to locate it immediately. Next, open the casing and check the air filter’s condition. If it needs changed, just remove the old filter and replace it with the new one, making sure it’s facing the same direction. Close the case back up when you’re done.
Windshield Wipers - Like air filters, you don’t really need any tools to the change the wipers. Wiper blades are all set up a little differently, so if our next steps don’t apply to your car, check your owner’s manual. First, lift the blades and remove them from the metal arms. Most models will have a tab on the underside of the wiper to push in order to remove them. Make sure to pay attention to how they’re connected as well. Next, attach the new blades, making sure they are lined up correctly and tightened. The whole process only takes about 15 minutes.
Oil Change - Changing oil and oil filter yourself takes about 45 minutes and will cost you around $20. First, make sure your engine is cool. Next, place a jack under your car to lift the front end. Locate your vehicle’s oil pan and unscrew the drain plug to drain all of the old oil into your pan or bucket. Once all of the oil is drained, replace the drain plug and go back to your engine. You will remove the old oil filter with an oil filter wrench. Next, lubricate the rubber gasket on the new oil filter with some of the new oil. You will then fill the new oil filter about two-thirds of the way with new oil. Then, screw on the new oil filter and tighten it by hand. Fill the engine with the new oil using a funnel and then check your oil level with the dipstick. Last, throw away the old oil filter and recycle the oil.
We hope a few of the tips above help you out with basic maintenance of your car!