A Little DIY Auto Maintenance

If you are looking for simple ways to save some money, have you ever thought about doing your own CrossDrilledRotors.ca auto maintenance? Sure, maybe you don’t have the expertise to rebuild an engine, but you may be surprised at how many jobs you probably can do, even with very little knowledge about cars. Some maintenance tasks, in fact, only require, simply, that you can locate the part and then, maybe, use a tool to remove it and then replace it.

CHANGING YOUR SPARK PLUGS

This may be one of the easiest jobs you can do and it will save you some money.  This task simply involves locating the spark plugs (which are in the valves of the engine) and then removing them and replacing them with new ones.  Your owner’s manual will help you locate them.  The only difficulty in replacing spark plugs is that you have to follow a specific order to do it correctly. Still, this is information you can get from the user’s manual (or online, of course) so it should not be an obstacle for anyone committed to the task.

CHANGING YOUR OIL and OIL FILTER

This task is a little more intricate than changing your spark plugs, but it is not necessarily very difficult. In fact, it is, perhaps, as simple as identifying a few parts and then following a few steps—very similar to replacing spark plugs, except that, perhaps, there are more steps involved.

Basically, to change your oil and oil filter you need to:

  • lift the car with jacks (and secure it)
  • climb under the hood to find the oil pan; remove the drain plug and catch the oil to dispose of it properly; when the oil pan is empty, replace the drain plug
  • now remove the oil filter from the engine and install a new one
  • be sure to lubricate the oil gasket with new oil, to approximately two-thirds full-price
  • secure the new oil filter in place
  • lower the vehicle to the ground again
  • fill the engine with new oil

See, it really is simple (just a little more work).

CHANGING YOUR BRAKE PADS

It is recommended that you check/change your brake pads about once every 40,000 miles.  This could be as little as once a year but it could be longer; it all depends on the terrain you drive and the environment, as well as how often you drive.  Changing the brake pads will also require that you lift the vehicle and secure it. Next, remove the wheels and then brake calipers. This is where you find the brake pads. Replace them and lubricate with brake fluid and then replace the calipers and wheels.