5 DIY Car Tips You Can Do on a Saturday
Maintain Your Car on the Weekend
Many car owners instinctively associate car maintenance with expenses. Understandably so because many car maintenance activities indeed require you to spend some of your cash like oil change, fluid replenishment, and worn out parts replacement. Needless to say, there are also some car maintenance activities which do not involve spending money. Not every time you do it at least, maybe once in several months to a year, after which, it will just require a little bit of your time and effort.
Want to make sure that your vehicle lasts a long time? These tips are easy to do, and will help keep your car running.
Wash your car
What you’ll spend on: car shampoo/car wax
Riding in a clean car is more pleasant and comfortable. Driving a clean car is more fuel efficient because there’s less wind resistance. Instead of perpetually relying on automatic car washes, why not make manual car washing and waxing part of your weekly chores (for the first 3 weeks of each month), then just splurge on automatic car wash at the end of the month?
Maintain your battery
What you’ll spend on: baking soda/wire brush
To keep your car running smoothly, it is essential that you maintain good battery connection, particularly because many ignition problems and electrical issues result from battery corrosion (white residue that shouldn’t be there on your battery posts or terminals). You can maximize your battery life through regular cleaning. Just follow these steps:
- Remove the battery cables: start with the negative cables, followed by the positive cables.
- Mix baking soda with water, then apply generously around the battery posts and terminals.
- Use a wire brush to clean the posts and terminals.
- Rinse with clean water, then use a rag to dry.
- Reinstall your battery cables starting with the positive cables, followed by the negative cables.
Keep your engine cool
What you’ll spend on: radiator fluid
If your engine overheats, it’s not just an inconvenience that can delay you from getting to where you want to go. Worst case scenario, it can leave you with a huge repair bill. To avoid a hot engine, take the time to check your radiator and make sure it always has enough radiator fluid. Remember too that you should only do this when you are sure that your engine is cold, otherwise, removing your radiator cap might result in serious burns.
Clean your lights
What you’ll spend on: glass cleaner
Driving at night and during inclement weather requires headlights with 20/20 vision. So if it is typical for you to drive under these conditions, you’ll want to make sure that your headlights are always at their optimum brightness. All it will take is regularly wiping your lights with a good quality glass cleaner and you’re good to go. You might as well get the windows while you’re at it!
Check your spare tire
What you’ll spend on: pressure gauge
A spare tire is no good if it’s not properly inflated. And one of the worst times to find out that yours isn’t is when you experience a flat and you’re in the middle of nowhere. So to avoid being in such situation which can easily turn a fun road trip into a disaster event, take a few minutes at least once every couple of weeks to check your spare tire and make sure it has the proper inflation pressure (refer to your car manual for this information). According to the AAA (American Automobile Association, Inc.), tire pressure drops 1 to 2 PSI (pound per square inch) for every 10°F drop in temperature. Which means you should check tire pressure more frequently (once every week instead of once every two weeks) during the cold months.
A & D Auto Body Fixes Cars
With a properly maintained vehicle, you are less likely to get into a wreck. But accidents do still happen. If you have dings, dents, scratches, or other body damage to your vehicle, bring it by our shop in Bozeman, Montana and we can restore it to like-new status.