Everyone wants to enjoy a car that works smoothly and causes no problems because auto problems and issues with your vehicle often cost a lot and cause a lot of stress and headache. In order to help you keep your motor in tip-top condition and save as much money you will otherwise spend on professional auto recovery service as possible, we have collected some of the best and handiest tips from auto repair professionals and today we share them with you.
So even if you are not a confident car enthusiast, geek, or handyman, you still can do some things for maintaining your car in great condition and smoothly working. At the end of the day, cars are almost rocket science but not entirely and you can still work on some easier and smaller auto repair DIY projects and save your pennies. Who would say “no” to that?
You don’t need to visit the garage in order to have your coolant changed and you are totally capable of doing it yourself. Coolant does not last forever and you will have to change it every now and then. Make sure you are changing the coolant as often as required, otherwise you will soon or later be pressured to change and replace the radiator, heater core or water pump due to damage and this will cost you a small fortune.
Besides changing the coolant as often as required, it is also important to change the fluids regularly. In fact, it is really not that challenging or complex to change the transfer case fluid and deal with different oil changes on your car. Since replacing those components due to damage that is a result of your neglecting the change of car fluids will cost you a lot, it is better to follow a strict schedule and change all fluids regularly.
The cabin air filter should be replaced at least once a year. Normally, a whole year is enough for the air filter to get clogged which will lead to added load on your car’s AC system and will significantly reduce the heat during the colder months.
You can use a voltmeter to test the coolant. It is easier than what you expect, you just set the voltmeter on the lowest DC setting reading and then you simply dip the positive probe into the coolant. Then touch the negative probe to the negative battery terminal and rev the engine to two thousand rpm. If the reading is point four volts or even higher, then your coolant is toast.
Don’t forget to clean cloudy and dirty headlights. There are specially designed kits available on the market that are designed to clean cloudy headlights, so you definitely don’t need to replace them entirely and spend even more money on new ones.
You know there are different types of coolants available on the market, separated in different categories like green, yellow, orange, red, and blue. Make sure you are always using the same colour of coolant and you don’t mix different ones as this can lead to some serious damages to the heater core and buying a new heater core is definitely a cost you don’t want to deal with.