It can get quite expensive keeping up on vehicle maintenance, but, with a little elbow grease and an easy set of directions, there are actually many repairs that you can take care of yourself. So, if you have a basic mechanical aptitude, and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, take a look at these instructions and see just how simple some things are to fix.
You should change your air filters every 30,000 miles that you drive. All you do is open the hood, find the unit with the air filter and remove the cover. Then, just take the dirty one out, and clean the housing before placing a new air filter in it. Then put the cover back on.
Spark plugs are important because they help ignite the gasoline which powers your car, truck, or SUV. You can easily change one by locating it and then removing the spark plug wire. Afterward, remove the spent spark plug and insert the replacement. Then, plug the wire back in.
If your battery ever gives out on you while you are traveling on the road or highway, you would be in a much better position if you knew how to jump a car engine. Of course, you will not only need jumper cables, but another vehicle as well.
Before you connect the batteries via the jumper cables, be sure that each vehicle is in neutral and that both ignitions are off. Attach the red clip to the positive terminals of each battery, and the black clips should be attached to the negative terminal of the other car’s battery on one side and to an unpainted metal surface on the other. Turn the key after about 20 minutes and your car should start.
It may not cost much to have an auto lubricant shop change your oil for you, but you can do it all by yourself for pennies on the dollar. Of course, if you don’t do this correctly, your engine will die and all the Ford or Toyota spare parts in the world won’t help things. All you need is an oil pan and a bottle of new oil. You just easily locate the oil drain plug, and placing the oil pan underneath it, pull the plug and let the old oil drain. After that, replace the plug and pour the new oil in with a funnel.
In conclusion, with some easy-to-follow instructions, it should be a breeze to conduct simple repairs as long as you have some basic items to work with, such as jumper cables and an oil pan. So, why should you pay a mechanic to take care of such issues?