Cars are complicated pieces of machinery, and when things go wrong, it’s often best to leave it to the professionals. That way you have peace of mind that everything is functioning correctly, and won’t end up breaking down and putting yourself in a dangerous position. But there are plenty of smaller jobs to maintain and look after your car which you can, and in some cases should be doing yourself. No need to wait until your service or MOT is due, these jobs will keep everything ticking over and keep your car running smoothly. Here are a few things you’re able to do yourself.
There are a number of fluids your car needs and goes through in order to keep itself running. Coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, engine oil and windshield washer fluid are all easy to top up and located under the bonnet. If you passed your driving test in more recent years, you would have been required to learn all of this anyway. Every couple of months (or at the start of any long journey) give them all a quick check. Aside from oil which you check with the dipstick, the other fluids will have a minimum and maximum line on them so ensure the level is between the two. You can buy these fluids from any auto centre/ car parts retailer, even supermarkets sell them.
If you have a blowout or a tyre goes flat while you’re on the road- would you know how to change it? It’s a useful skill to have in life so something well worth learning. Unfortunately, id you come to change the tyre and realise you’re not able to get it off, you may have to call in a locking wheel nut removal company. These will have tools equipped with sharp ‘teeth’ which are able to remove the stuck bolts. Keep an eye on your tread depth too, the minimum legal tread is 1.6mm, so if yours are below this, you’re in need of a change. For this, you will need to go to a proper tyre shop as it’s difficult to do and special equipment is needed. But changing your wheel to the spare if needed is something you could do yourself and saves you calling out your breakdown company.
Car Key Battery Replacement
Changing your car key battery is usually simple enough. Your best bet would be to read your car’s manual and check how to go about it. In most cases, you just need to insert new batteries within a certain number of minutes to avoid losing the coding on the key. If you’ve ever changed a watch battery, you’ll know the drill,
Wipers are fairly long lasting, but they won’t work forever. Over time the rubber can wear out, and either fall off entirely or stop cleaning your screen properly which could be extremely dangerous. If you’re driving in heavy rain, the windshield not clearing could obstruct your vision. Instead of replacing just the rubber, it’s easier to buy new wipers. They’re inexpensive and are just a case of clipping off the old and clipping on the new. Easy.
Scratches can happen on cars, which is unfortunate because it can bring down the way they look. But minor scratches can often be fixed yourself with just a little buffing and some car scratch repair products. No need to rush straight to a bodywork shop if you notice minor damage on your pride and joy.