Maintenance Tips for Three Important Components of Your Car
In today’s shaky economic conditions no one would want to spend a penny for a worthless reason. So, why to spend on jobs you can do by yourself? E.g. you can take care of your car by devoting only a small time and effort for its maintenance and save big bucks! I have found an excellent site named CarTreatments.com where there are excellent car maintenance tips. Here are some.
Maintaining Air Filter
You should get a new air filter for your vehicle every 12,000 miles or 12 months, whichever is earlier. You can send your car to a service station for this task, or can do it on your own in just 10 minutes. Follow these steps:
- Find the filter first, which is under the car’s hood inside a rectangular black box having metal clips on its side. If you can’t find it right upon opening the hood, check the owner’s manual.
- Upon finding the filter, study how it is fitted inside and note well how it’s facing.
- Remove it and put in the new one exactly how the old one was placed.
- Close the metal clips when done.
- You can even extend your new air filter’s life by cleaning it regularly with compressed air to remove any debris.
Maintaining Windshield Wipers
Your windshield wipers would need to be changed after about every six months or a year. Your local auto parts store may offer free installation only if you buy the priciest brand. But you can install the blades on your own. The installation varies a bit from car to car, so you may need to perform a few different tasks as per your owner’s manual; but, the basic process is the same.
- Lift the old blades as you do while washing the windshield and remove them
- Note how the blades are connected to the metal arms
- Most models contain a tab on the lower side of the wiper which you have to push to take the blade out
- Install the new blades while taking care of not bending the wiper arms or scratching your windshield. Make sure that the new blades are tight and secure.
Maintaining Spark Plugs
Spark plugs need to be replaced mostly after around 30,000 miles. However, check with your owner’s manual if your car has any different requirement. Changing spark plugs is a quite easy process. However, you will need a bit more time and patience.
- Locate the spark plugs first. This is easy because the wires to which they are attached are notably thick rubbery wires.
- The plugs would be four, six or eight, according to the number of cylinders your ca has.
- Remove a wire of only one plug at a time. Don’t remove all of them, because you have to maintain the order in which they are arranged.
- Remove the first spark plug, with your spark plug socket and extension of your ratchet.
- Screw in the new spark plug by hand first and then with a wrench to fit it snugly. But take care not to over-tighten.
- Re-attach the wire.
- Replace all the spark plugs in the same way.
By maintaining or replacing these three important components of your car, you will extend your car’s life and save a significant amount.