Easy DIY Car Repairs That Will Save You Money
Nobody likes paying for car maintenance expenses. Why? Because they’re timely, hassling, and let’s not forget, expensive.
We expect to pay for fuel, but when your car breaks down, it can do a number on your bank account. There are a handful of ways that you can save money if you do your own repairs.
You may have to invest a bit in supplies, but you’ll end up saving a ton in the long run. In today’s blog, I’ll be discussing a few easy do it yourself car repairs that will save you money.
When it comes to your car bakes you’re not messing around! People shell out the big bucks for a sense of safety. But the car mechanics at the dealership are making money off of your fear. You can do this completely by yourself!Here’s what you need:
- Wheel lug wrench
- Jack and stands
Here’s how to do it:
First, remove the wheel. Next, remove the hardware. Pull off the old worn-out brake pads. Push the caliper piston. Put the new pads in and reinstall hardware.
Change Your Own Oil
In the same way that you brush your teeth to avoid cavities, you need to take care of your engine by replacing the oil. Changing your oil can save you a lot of money. You’re interested in learning new things, right? Why not change your own oil?
Here’s what you need:
- Oil drain pan
- Oil filter wrench
- Paper towels, wash cloths, or rags
- Jack and jack stands
- Wear clothes you don’t care about
Here’s how to do it:
First you need to find the oil filter and drain plug before you drain the oil. Next, tighten the drain plug, change the oil filter and add new oil. Always check the oil level afterward.
Check Fluid Levels
Make sure you check all of the different fluids in your car including your oil, transmission fluid, and power steering fluid. It’s not too difficult to do this one.
All you need to do is remove the dipstick, wipe it off, and set it back in to check the levels. The dipstick should clearly indicate the full and empty amount so you know whether or not you need to add more fluid.
You can remove the caps, including the one for windshield wiper fluid. Just make sure you don’t try to remove the radiator cap, as this can be dangerous!
Maintain Tire Pressure
Having a flat tire is bad news! Make sure to check your tire pressure. Keep a tire pressure gauge with you at all times. It looks like a pen.
So, what will the reading be if my tires are full? That depends on the car! If you don’t know what a full tire reading number would be for your car, look in your car manual or the side of your tire. Each car may be different. Unscrew the valve and stick the gauge pen in the tire. You’ll get a reading shortly.
If you need to add air, head to a gas station and find an air pump. It will cost you next to nothing!
I hope you enjoyed these do it yourself car maintenance tips! Some are no-brainers like checking your tire pressure and fluid levels and others may take a bit of research.
Investing in a few supplies will definitely be worth it. You can save hundreds of dollars changing your own brake pads! You’re handy and you’re frugal. Not too shabby.
I hope you have some fun with these projects. After all, you are a car lover. You might as well learn all there is to learn about the craft!
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