a checklist – diy car repair & maintenance
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A Checklist DIY Car Repair & Maintenance
As per Vehicle Dealers, Modern cars require extensive repairs which a motorist can't do it alone.
Still, there are certain car repair procedures which can be done by anyone with little effort.
Every car is different but they need some common tools for repairing them.
:- Adjustable wrench :- Torque wrench
:- Socket and ratchet set :- Pliers
:- Philips and flat head screwdriver :- Jack etc
Air filter replacement :- The replacement of air filter is the easiest DIY for a motorist. Replacing a new air filter with a
damaged one increases the power and gas mileage.
If the motorist maintains a regular schedule for air filter replacement, it will save him from the extra expense on
filling up fuel frequency.
Oil change :- This is another DIY which is relatively easy than most of other repairs but need precaution at time of
Make sure that the vehicle is not driven from couple of hours. And if you have a destination to reach before oil change then make sure to let the vehicle cool off for oil
The tools you need for oil change are :- oil filter, wrench, funnel, new oil, etc.
Windshield wiper change :- The wiper blade set up differs from car to car and a motorist can follow the owners
manual to change it easily.
When you buy new blades, the packaging also have the instruction how to change the blades properly.
The basic tools are screwdriver and new wipers.
Spark plugs :- Most of the spark plugs need to be changed in every 30,000miles but as per recent inventions, it differs from
car to car.
When you change it by yourself, you need to have patience as spark plug needs to be replaced in an orderly manner one after
When you keep a schedule for changing spark plug, it will deliver better consumption ratings and smooth drive over the
Make sure not to over tighten them.
Headlight bulbs :- If your car doesn't have sealed beam headlight then its possible to change them by yourself.
Also be sure to get the right bulb as per your car and replace by following owner's manual.
Battery maintenance :- The timely battery maintenance helps to keep the vehicle running smoothly.
Always follow a visual inspection to know whether there is any white residue on the posts which can become hurdle in car
If you check regularly the battery, you will get to know when is the right time to change the
battery or go for servicing.
Radiator flush :- The radiator or cooling system helps to control and reduce the vehicle heat which generates from
running and combustion.
A regular radiator flush keeps the system intact which also helps
saves you money from extra expense.
Exhaust pipe :- If you hear excessive noise coming from back of your car then it might be an issue with exhaust system.
Make sure to check under the hood to know whether it is damaged pipe holders, structures or the rubber loops.
Brake pads :- Brake pads help to keep you safe on road while preventing accidents which can occur due to
improper brake maintenance .
As per study, you need to change the brake pads in every 20,000miles but it differs from car to car so check with the