When it comes to taking care of your vehicle, there are some things you should leave to a professional… however, there are a handful of DIY car maintenance tasks that not only you can do yourself… but you should (well, at least know how to) do yourself. So… quick question:
Your tire blows out on the highway – do you know how to fix it?
If your answer is no, then our next question for you is this: What will you do if your tire blows out on the highway? Many might answer, “call a tow truck” or “text dad” – but what if you’re out of state, your cell phone is dead, or no one answers your calls?
Let’s go over 5 DIY Car Maintenance tasks to learn when it comes to taking care of your car.
They will not only save you some money, but they will also help when you’re in a jam.
Now we’re not saying you should have to know how to change your own oil. But we do recommend knowing the ins and outs of your personal car’s fluids. Checking certain fluids requires a certain degree of familiarity with your engine – so look into your owner’s manual for more details.
Look for how to check your engine oil, transmission fluid, windshield wiper fluid and radiator coolant. These specific fluids are keys to keeping your car running properly. For more information on checking your car’s fluid, click here.
This is one of the most important DIY car maintenance tasks you should know how to perform yourself. Our first recommendation is to always make sure you have a spare tire in your car! You can follow these simple steps for changing a flat tire:
- If you’re driving, pull over to a safe location
- Set the parking brake
- Loosen, but do not remove the lug nuts before jacking up your car
- Consult your owner’s manual for the proper placement of the jacks
- Locate your spare tire
- Spare tires should always be placed on the rear – so if it is your front tire that needs replacing, move a rear tire forward and put the spare on back
- Mount the spare with the air valve facing out and replace the lug nuts
- Tighten the lug nuts in an alternating pattern
Although this may seem like a simple task, it is a fundamental piece of how to fix your vehicle. You can also click here to watch a short on how to take your tire off and put a new one on!
If you’re a Maryland native as well, you know just how unpredictable our weather can be! So many of us often overlook worn wiper blades until we’re stuck in a classic Maryland torrential downpour! So, our first recommendation for this DIY car maintenance task is to give your wiper blades a one over every few weeks. Typically blades should be replaced every six months. To replace your wiper blades, follow these easy steps:
- Measure the length of the blades you currently have on your car or check your owner’s manual for the correct blade size.
- To remove the old wiper, lift the wiper arm away from your windshield and depress the small tab on the underside of the wiper. When the tab is depressed, slide the wiper blade off by pulling downward.
- Attached the new wiper blade by pulling it tightly onto the arm. You should hear a clicking noise when it locks in to place.
- Gently lower the blade back onto your windshield and replace the second blade.
- Finally, test the wiper blades to make sure they are fully functional.
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Tire pressure is critical to your car’s handling as well as fuel efficiency. Easily check your car’s tire pressure by following these steps:
- Look into your owner’s manual for the recommended PSI
- Wait until your tires are totally cool before removing the caps for the air valves
- Firmly apply the pressure gauge to the valve
- If the tire pressure is too low, use an air compressor to add air
- If the tire pressure is too low, depress the pin in the valve to remove air
It is very important to never over-inflate your tires!
This final DIY car maintenance task is probably the most simple, but often times can feel overwhelming considering the circumstances. But we promise you can do it! And just like a spare tire, we recommend always keeping a set of jumper cables in your car for emergencies. Follow these easy steps to jump-start your car:
- Take out your jumper cables, and locate the vehicle you’ll be charging from
- Place both vehicles in park and shut off each ignition
- Firmly attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal of your battery
- Attached the other red clip to the positive terminal of the other car
- Attached one of the black clips to the negative terminal of the other car
- Firmly attach the last black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your car that isn’t near the battery
- Start the working vehicle and let the engine run for a few minutes
- Try to start your vehicle again
If your battery won’t charge or loses its charge again, it may need to be replaced. We recommend scheduling an appointment to have your battery looked at.
Our Final Thoughts
We are fully confident in your DIY car maintenance skills at this point! However, if you ever find yourself in a jam, or want additional tips for taking care of your call, feel free to give the Jones Junction Body Shop and Collision Center a call at (443) 686-7155!
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