Ten Easy DIY Car Tips

On Saturday, December 20th, 2014

There are plenty of ways to save money with your vehicle and ensure a longer life for the car in the process. Below is a top ten list of DIY tips to allow you to do this.

  1. Change the air filters: around once a year it is advisable to change the air filter. It is a relatively straight forward process and it is reasonably cheap to buy. Just remember to take note of which way the filter faces before replacing it.
  1. Tyre pressure: tyre pressures can cause a lot of problems to the vehicle if it is too low. Refer to the manufacturers hand book and check the pressure to limit the damage it could cause in the future.
  1. Regularly replace the oil: experts suggest changing the oil every 3,000 miles. Remember to ensure that the oil temperature is cooled before replacing, make sure you are comfortable with jacking up your car and know the location of the drain plug before beginning.
  1. Keep the car clean: not necessarily DIY, but by keeping a car clean it helps limit bodywork damage and keeps airwaves clear for better circulation.
  1. Replace brake pads: a more complicated DIY job than changing the oil so if you found that difficult then I would leave this to the experts. Brake pads tend to be changed around every 20,000 miles but this could change depending on your driving habits.
  2. Buy a quality car: to avoid unnecessary DIY jobs and more expensive fixes, the best investment would be to spend more on a car that is reliable – such as a used BMW from AA Cars. With flexible financial packages and a free 26 point check you could get a vehicle with a strong history and reputation built for many years of driving pleasure.
  1. Radiator flush: similar to changing the oil, it is advisable to find a cleaning solution and put that through the radiator in between replacing.
  1. Changing the sound systems: if you want to upgrade your sound system, experimenting with installing it yourself is easier than first imagined and could save you money in the long run. Make sure that the power is off when working with the wires and follow the instructions carefully as each sound system can be a little bit different.
  1. Change the wipers: this should be done every year and it is a relatively simple procedure with instructions on the packet.
  1. Battery maintenance: regularly cleaning the battery connections with baking soda and water will help with the longevity of the battery.

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