I’m back again with some more useful info on cars!
Those of us who are car owners all know that keeping a vehicle isn’t cheap. As well as the initial cost or the finance repayments, you have tax, insurance, services, MOT, petrol and ad hoc repairs to factor into your budget.
However, there are a few repairs you can save money on if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and get your hands a bit dirty…
Routine oil and filter changes remove the particles and sludge that build up over time and therefore help to keep your engine at peak condition. This is a relatively easy job to do, but you’ve got to take certain precautions. Beware: the oil can get very hot on a car that’s recently been used, so avoid starting this job until you’ve let it cool down for a while – a couple of hours is usually enough.
The tools you’ll need for a DIY oil change are a ratchet, oil filter, wrench, funnel, new oil, oil container, and oil filter. To have a go at this essential maintenance on your car, take a look at this simple guide on what to do next.
Windscreen Wiper Blades
This is one of the easiest car repairs and it doesn’t cost much to do. It’s so important to keep on top of though – did you know that you can fail your MOT if your windscreen wipers don’t clear the water from your screen properly?
All you need is the new wipers (make sure you consult the vehicle’s handbook to get the right size). Switch on the ignition and get the wipers in their vertical position. Then, turn off the engine so they stay upright. Pull the wiper arms away from the car and turn it 90 degrees away from the windscreen to unclip it from the metal arm. Reverse the process with the new wiper to clip it on and once it’s in place, lay the wiper arm back down – it’s really as easy as that!
Change Your Tyre
To change a tyre, you should first find a hard and level spot for your car. Get your spare wheel ready, as well as your locking wheel nut key to loosen the nuts. Also, make sure you have the right support for the heavy load. Put safety first and get a heavy-duty axle stand to use when changing your car tyres – they are much more reliable than a vehicle jack and offer extra stability.
For the next steps, this handy step-by-step guide can take you through all the basics of changing a wheel – you’ll be so proud when you’ve learnt this essential skill.
With the right tools and know-how, keeping on top of your vehicle maintenance at home can be pretty simple. Save yourself a bit of money and help your car run smoother with these three easy do-it-yourself vehicle repairs and guides!
*This article was sourced for DadvWorld.com | I have literally zero clue about cars as many of you will know. Given the laugh we’ve had with cars over the last 6 months I thought this post would be great to share with you!
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