Driving is something many Americans do almost every single day. The fact is that many people rely on their cars to get from point A to point B every single day. For parents and people with busy schedules, there’s likely a point C, D and E in there as well.
Being able to do any car maintenance can be a bit daunting though. While you might need to learn the basics slowly, you can master the fundamentals so you’re not running to a mechanic every single time your car needs basic maintenance.
Use this guide to learn about the basic stuff that everyday people can do even if they don’t have the skills of a world class mechanic.
Check Your Oil
Changing your oil is something everybody should be able to do, though related tasks like changing air compressor filters and oil filters can be harder. Strive to check your oil every few weeks.
Once you get in the habit you’ll do it without even thinking.
How Are Your Fluids?
Driving a car that doesn’t have enough steering fluid, brake fluid or coolant isn’t a wise move. The same goes for any other fluid you have in the vehicle like oil.
While you may not be able to check your coolant, you can do things like check out your wiper fluid and top it off from time to time to make sure you don’t end up with dirty windows that impede your view.
Use your car’s owner’s manual to locate the right type of fluids and have them handy in your home.
Wash Your Vehicle Regularly
There are a lot of people out there who don’t get regular car washes. For many people, that’s because the cost associated with having other people wash your vehicle can be pretty steep on a weekly or even bi-weekly basis. You can wash your car yourself though!
For a minimal investment of about $25, you can get everything you need to do the job right from an auto parts stores. To start, you’ll need to buckets – one for clean water and one for rinsing – a brush to scrub your tires and a few chamois cloths to do the actual work.
If you have access to water at your home, that’s pretty much all you need to do the job right. Once you master washing your car, which shouldn’t take more than a few tries, you can start to think about doing your own wax job!
It really isn’t as hard as you think, especially once you’re working with an ultra-clean vehicle that was just washed.