Many people are intimidated by the thought of doing any maintenance work on their vehicle and would rather ignore a problem just to avoid having to lift the hood. While some repairs should be left to professionals, there are many maintenance tips and tricks that anyone can do.
Checking Your Oil
This tip is super quick and easy and doesn’t even require any tools, yet it could potentially save your engine from big trouble. To check your oil, park your car on level ground with the engine off and cooled down. Then, grab a rag and lift the hood. Locate the dipstick and pull it out and wipe it off with your rag before reinserting it.
You should check the oil level at least a few times to ensure that you are getting the most accurate reading and if the oil is between the High and Low markings on the dipstick and doesn’t look grimy, your engine is in good shape.
Clean Brake Dust
Brake dust is nasty, and you don’t want it to become baked to your car’s wheels. Brake dust is made up of moisture and heat from the brakes along with road grime, and it usually clings to the wheels via static electricity. To remove it, grab a damp sponge and wipe it away with cold water.
Check Your Tire Treads
When on regular, everyday pavement, you don’t want bald tires. When was the last time you checked your tires’ treads? There’s a simple trick to see how much tread is left on your tires. Simply grab a penny and stick it in the groove of the tread with Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace your tires.
Replacing Blinker Lights
If one of your blinkers moves much quicker than the other, that likely means that one of the light bulbs has blown. It’s an easy fix to replace one, and anyone with basic mechanic skills can do it. Simply go down to your local auto repair store, and they’ll help you find the correct bulb for your car. Then you’ll most likely only need a screwdriver to remove the outer protector and then replace the bulb.
It’s important to note here that most of the newer bulbs in modern cars contain halogen and are coated with unique properties. If you touch the outside of the lamp with your bare hands, you will leave traces of oil which could lead to cracking.
Improve Your Fuel Economy
There are many small things you can do to improve your vehicle’s fuel economy. The first is to ensure that your tires are properly inflated. We recommend checking them at least once a week and inflating them according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. The other most important tip is to avoid sudden accelerations.
When you put the pedal to the metal, your gas mileage will drop by 20%. This reduction is especially relevant if you find yourself in stop-and-go traffic on a regular basis.
Not all repairs and maintenance work can be done at home so if your car ever runs into problems you don’t feel comfortable doing yourself, bring your car into Clutch Auto Repair where our certified car mechanics in Tucson can fix any and all problems you may encounter.