3 DIY Car Care Tasks Anyone Can Do

April 15th, 2016 by

Tire PressureCar maintenance is an expensive proposition, so if you can handle some tasks yourself, you’ll save money. On the other hand, it’s important to remember there are some problems that require professional help. Take your car to auto repair experts when there’s a problem that isn’t easily diagnosed with a visual inspection or deals with a car part that isn’t easily reachable. Keep reading for a list of three car care jobs anyone can do.

Put Air in the Tires

This is simple and it’s an effective way to prevent accidents due to under inflated tires. At least 30 minutes after you stop driving, use a digital gauge to measure your tire’s air pressure. Compare the reading to the manufacturer’s recommended level. If your tires are under inflated, use an air compressor at a gas station to fill them.

Change the Air Filter

It’s best to change the air filter every 12,000 miles or so. It requires about 10 minutes and $10. The filter is located under the hood, and is usually held in place by metal clips. Remove the dirty filter and insert the new one. Be sure the new one is facing the right direction. Re-secure the metal clips, and you’re done.

Replace Wiper Blades

Pull the wiper arm toward you the way you do when you wash the windshield. There’s usually a tab on the underside of the wiper to release the blades. Attach the new blades while being careful not to bend the arm. Replace the wiper arm to its normal position.

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