Auto Maintenance You Can Do Yourself

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Published on April 23, 2014

Author: Swapalease



Cars are complex machines, but there are many maintenance tasks that can be done by the average person. This presentation will give you some basic tips you'll need to keep your car running. Auto Maintenance You Can Do Yourself

DIY Auto Maintenance • Cars are complex machines, but there are many maintenance tasks that can be done by the average person. • For the tips in this presentation, make sure you have your auto manual so you can locate the different maintenance areas.

Replacing an Air Filter • The air filter keeps the engine’s air intake clean. – A dirty air filter can impact your engine performance and gas mileage. • First, locate the filter box and unscrew or unclip it to reveal the filter. – When removing the air filter, note which way the old filter comes out so you don't install the new one upside-down.

Replacing an Air Filter • Clean out the filter box using a vacuum or damp cloth. • Next, install the new filter and reattach the filter box cover. – While you’re at it, check the hose connections to the filter box to make sure they are securely attached and free of cracks.

Checking Tire Pressure • Check the inside of the fuel door or driver’s side door jamb for the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure. • Tires that are under or over inflated can negatively affect: – Breaking – Handling – Gas mileage – Tread life – Safety of the vehicle (incorrect tire pressure could result in a blowout)

Checking Tire Pressure • Use a tire pressure gauge to check the pressure of your tires to make sure they match the manufacturer’s recommendations. – The manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure is based on when your tires are cool, so wait at least 30 minutes after driving before checking tire pressure. • If the tires are overinflated, press on the valve stem to release air. • If they are underinflated, use an air compressor (available at most gas stations) to increase the tire pressure.

Checking Engine Oil • Under the hood of your car, locate the oil dipstick – usually marked “oil” (or “OEL” on European models). • Using a rag, remove the dipstick, wipe it off, reinsert it, and remove it again. – Do not turn the dipstick upside down during this step. • On the end of the dipstick, you will see markings indicating the oil level. If the oil on the dipstick is below these markings, you need to add more oil to the engine.

Checking Engine Oil • To prevent overflow and spilling, carefully add oil and re-measure until you have the right amount of oil. • If the oil is black, or gritty with debris, your car is due for an oil change.

Keeping a Well Maintained Vehicle • By using these tips and performing routine maintenance, your vehicle should stay in pristine condition – which is a major factor if you need to exit your lease.

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