Some things you should leave to the professionals. Other things, you really can do in your own garage. Not everyone is mechanically inclined or comfortable tinkering with cars. But, many of the easy maintenance tasks your car requires to run optimally and efficiently, aren’t as hard as you might think.
You should always keep an eye on your tires. They are one of the most important features of your car when it comes to safe operation. Your car might come with an internal gauge that constantly monitors the tire pressure, alerting you when the pressure falls out of the optimal range. This information is typically accessed somewhere on the dashboard where your various dials and warning lights exist. You can probably find exactly where by checking your owner’s manual. If you don’t have an internal gauge, you can pick one up at an auto parts store or gas station for under $5. If either your internal gauge or the external one you’re using show low tire pressure, head to the nearest gas station to fill them up. Drive up to the air pump and remove the caps from your tires. Air machine’s are almost foolproof days alerting you to the exact moment the tire’s pressure reaches the desired level. Ensuring your tires have adequate tire pressure goes a long way for both the life of the tire and ensuring safe driving. You should look to experts for tire rotations, balancing and replacement.
Oil changes tend to be another required maintenance task that you can easily complete at home with a little preparation. There are plenty of how-to videos and online instructions on websites like Cars.com to walk you through the process step by step. Since oil changes for standard oil products are required every 3,000 miles, or three months, doing this simple task yourself could add up in terms of savings.
There are several filters throughout your car that are fairly easily accessible and simple enough to change. You can probably access the air filter without needing any special tools and replace it with a new filter purchased at any auto parts store. Be sure the filter you buy is made to fit the make and model of your vehicle. It’s also pretty simple to switch out windshield wiper blades and replacements are readily available at auto parts stores too. A little love goes a long way, and even if you aren’t a car person, there’s a lot you can do to keep your car in tip top shape.