If you think there is nothing worse than paying a mechanic a lot of money to perform basic jobs on your vehicle, now is the time to start making changes. You’ve almost certainly never messed around with your car before, and so you’re probably a little hesitant to have a go. Just remember that you can’t damage anything if you use some common sense, and so there is nothing to worry about. The three basic maintenance jobs listed below will help you to gain more confidence. If you manage to perform them correctly, you might be able to handle more complicated tasks in the future. At the end of the day, dealing with simple jobs without professional help will save you a lot of cash.
Replacing the battery
How do you know when it is time to replace the battery in your car? That’s an easy one. You should change your battery whenever you notice the vehicle takes a long time to start in the mornings. The battery itself does little other than ensure your ignition works properly, and so there are lots of telltale signs you should notice if it is on its way out. Just look for simple online guides that explain how to perform the job, and have a go yourself. You can’t do anything wrong, and you might even learn a thing or two about the engine.
Checking the air filter
The air filter in your engine is a device that helps to keep it cool and to run smoothly. Over time, air filters can become clogged with dirt and grime, and so you should check yours every couple of months. Most experts recommend that you need to take a look at it every 12,000 miles. If your filter is dirty, you can replace it cheaply by buying a new one online. Those of you with a 4×4 will be glad to know there are lots of places where you can get most Land Rover Defender parts. You will also find replacement items for any other vehicles online. Just look at a few sites and compare prices.
Changing the oil
If you have to visit a mechanic every time your car runs low on oil, you will waste a small fortune. The job of checking your oil is simple. Just open your bonnet, take the dipstick out and see whether it looks dry. Your oil should leave a mark on the dipstick to around half way up. If it doesn’t, you need to put more oil into the compartment. Again, there are lots of free information available online if you need some tips. That said; you shouldn’t need any advice at all. The process is very simple and straightforward.
So, there you have it guys. If you can learn how to perform those three simple maintenance jobs, your vehicle should spend less time in the garage. You should also save a significant amount of money that could be used for more important things. Good luck with the work! We are certain you can handle it.