What Car Maintenance Can You Do at Home?

While it’s true that regular visits to an auto shop are good for your car, there are some maintenance drills that you can perform at home. This way, you can save money and get to know more about how your car works. Take note that these are just simple tasks that even novice car owners can do.

NOTE: If you’re in doubt about how to do any of these maintenance drills, it’s best to ask a mechanic.

Cleaning filters

One of the easiest maintenance steps you can do is cleaning the air filters of your car. You don’t need to use any tools, plus it can be done in less than 10 minutes. Just purchase a filter replacement, which is usually around $10 and put it in place.

Instead of asking a mechanic to do it, you can replace your air filters at home without the hassle. Aside from that, it’s a good way to check other parts of your car.

Tire inflation check

The moment the warning light goes on in your car, the first thing you have to check is the inflation of your tires. You just have to check the ideal tire pressure on the sticker of your car’s driver side door. Next, use a tire gauge to see if the tires are actually underinflated.

If your car is veering to one side or if the brakes aren’t engaging quickly,  your tire’s inflation may not be enough. A quick check should confirm this.

Wiper blade replacement

Usually, car owners would have to change their windshield wiper blades at least once a week. When this time comes, you don’t have to visit the auto shop. Just purchase a replacement blade in any car supplies store then put it on at home.

The installation should take no longer than 20 minutes. Besides, no additional tool is required. You just have to check the manual book of your car to know the necessary steps.

Changing spark plugs

Many drivers think that replacing a spark plug is a lot of work. But truth be told, this can be done at home. You just need a spark plug socket, a 12-inch socket extension, and a ratchet wrench. A socket wrench will also do if the former isn’t available.

You just have to remove the wires connected to your car’s spark plug in the right order. After that, use the wrench to remove the old spark plug. From there, you can install the new spark plug and put back the wires in the order as it’s removed.

Battery maintenance 

Lastly, you can perform battery maintenance at home. You can remove the rust of your battery using a few rags, a wire brush, several wrenches, and a corrosion-removal solution.

You just have to dismount the battery from the car and start cleaning the posts using the corrosion-removal fluid. Some use Coca-Cola for cleaning though we haven’t tried this personally.

Once you’re done cleaning the rust off your car’s battery, just put it back and your vehicle should work just fine.