Car care tips: discover how to perform DIY car care.
Make checking your vehicle systems part of your driving routine with these helpful car care tips.
- Check your oil when the vehicle is cold and on level ground for the most accurate reading.
- Tires should be replaced when bald or over five years of age.
- Blowouts can be deadly.
- Correct tire pressure can prevent wear.
- Check your tire pressure every week.
- Fluids that are dirty, cloudy or rusty are signs of impending system failure.
- Light bulbs are easy to replace and could save you a ticket.
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Why you should get to know your vehicle systems and practice DIY car care:
Your vehicle represents a big investment that depends on you as much as you depend on it. If you treat your vehicle right, it will be there for you when you need it. Simple and routine checks of your vehicle systems, parts and fluids are easy, and take just a few minutes. Neglecting your vehicle can result in expensive repairs and breakdowns.
What you will need for DIY car care:
DIY car care difficulty guide:
Estimated time required - 15 Minutes
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Getting to know your vehicle is easy. Consulting your owner's or repair manual for your particular model is the best way to learn more about its systems and parts.
- If an accessory or serpentine belt breaks, you'll be left stranded. Push on the belt with one finger. It should only move 1/2-inch. Inspect for cracks and wear. Replace if worn.
- Hose failure is the last thing you need. Check your vehicle hoses regularly by pinching them between your fingers. Replace the hose if it is spongy or sticky. Also check your engine coolant level. Top it off if needed.
- Bald tires are extremely dangerous. A simple test is to put a penny into a groove. If you can see the top of Abe’s head, it’s time for new tires.
- Driving into a swarm of bugs at night is the wrong time to run out of windshield wiper fluid. Sometimes the fill tank is in the trunk. Check it regularly.
- Defective lights are dangerous and can prompt a conversation with an officer of the law. Have a buddy check your vehicle lighting while you hit the brake pedal and engage the turn signals.
- Take a good look at your car battery. Make sure the terminals are clean and free of corrosion. Clean the posts and connectors if corroded. Refer to the Advance Auto Parts care for car batteries article.
- Check your motor oil every other gasoline fill-up. Park your vehicle on level ground. Allow a few minutes for the oil to settle back into the pan before checking.
- The master cylinder’s brake fluid reservoir is usually under the hood above the brake pedal. Brake fluid should be clear, and between the “add” and “max” lines.
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