Do you have a car that needs some repairs, but you don’t know where to start? You’re not alone. A lot of people don’t know what’s going on with their cars and end up taking it in for expensive repairs they could have easily taken care of themselves.
Save yourself the headache and check out these 6 car maintenance issues any handyman can fix!
Change your car’s oil
One of the biggest car maintenance issues that need to be addressed is changing your oil. Oil helps lubricate multiple parts of your engine, but it also breaks down over time and clogs up with dirt, metal shavings, water particles, etc. Your oil should be changed every 3000 miles (unless otherwise specified) or every three months depending on how much you drive. Oil is important because it helps your car’s engine stay clear of particles and clogs that can cause damage to the engine. You will learn more when you first go to your auto mechanic. Oil problems are fairly easy to diagnose because you’ll notice a burning smell, smoke coming from the exhaust pipe, or if it takes forever for your car to warm up on cold days.
Replace a flat tire
Being able to change a flat tire is one of the most important car maintenance issues that need to be addressed. There are few things worse than getting your car stuck on the side of the road but thankfully it’s not too hard for you or any handyman with basic knowledge about cars to take care of this issue! Most people don’t realize how easy it is to make sure they’re prepared for this situation until they’ve already gotten themselves into trouble. All you need in order to handle these problems yourself (or have someone help out) is an air compressor, cables/rope, and either extra tires or spare wheel(s).
Check the air pressure in all tires
The air pressure in your tires is one of the most important things to check when you’re doing car maintenance. Tires that have low or no air pressure can cause a whole host of problems, from increased gas usage and decreased handling capabilities to tire damage! It’s also very unsafe for you as a driver because it decreases your ability to steer and brake effectively. Luckily, checking the air pressure on all four wheels is pretty easy even if you don’t know much about cars. All you need is an inexpensive tire gauge (available at any department store) and somewhere stable like a flat grassy area where nothing will get damaged by your car’s turning radius. You’ll want to make sure they’ve been parked overnight so that it isn’t too much of an inconvenience for you.
When checking the pressure on all four tires, make sure to check them in multiple spots (both sides of each tire) and compare your readings with what’s written on the side of your car door or inside your vehicle manual. Some people like to do this before they start driving because it will help reduce gas usage while increasing handling capabilities, but doing so isn’t necessary if you don’t want to!
Clean your car’s interior and exterior
Keep your car clean by taking care of all issues related to the interior and exterior. This is a great way for you or anyone else who might need some extra cash in their wallet from time to time because it’s so easy! All you have to do when cleaning the inside of your car is vacuum both areas, wipe down surfaces with a disinfectant cloth (e.g., Clorox), and throw out any trash. When doing this regularly, most people prefer doing it once per week depending on how often they drive their cars.
Fix a broken window or windshield wiper blade
A broken window or windshield wiper blade is one of the most dangerous car maintenance issues that can occur. If your car’s windows are dirty, then you won’t be able to clearly see anything outside which increases your chances for an accident! Additionally, if it’s raining outside and there’s a crack in your windshield wipers, this will make driving much more difficult.
Fix any other small issues that come up as you drive
For example, replacing light bulbs or fixing loose doors/windows are both common issues that can be easily fixed by anyone with some basic knowledge about cars. If you notice any squeaking or rattling while driving, then something might have come loose and needs to be properly attached! This is also a great way for someone who’s just starting out doing car maintenance to get used to it before tackling bigger projects down the road.
When fixing these types of problems yourself (or having them done), make sure that you take your time in order to do a thorough job which will ensure nothing else comes up in the future! Doing so could save you from experiencing even more serious issues when they’re beyond repair because waiting too long can cause major problems within an engine if left unattended.