Maintaining your car is a very important step that every car owner must follow to increase the life of their car and make it look brand new like it just came from the dealer. Always follow the maintenance schedule for your car, so your car will always perform at its best.
Doing a weekly inspection to help you maintain your car can save you thousands of dollars. You’ll identify areas that need immediate attention and other that you can take care of later. As you replace old or worn parts, your car will likely not breakdown or cause major issues, saving you thousands of dollars.
Preventive maintenance is the best way to start. You can do most of the regularly scheduled maintenance yourself if you want. Ignoring maintenance because it seems like a hassle will cost you. The best way to keep your car and yourself happy is to follow your owner’s manual regularly scheduled maintenance.
1. Check Your Air Filter
Many car problems are due to clogged air filters or loose fittings. The air filter prevents dirt and particles from entering the engine. During combustion your engine needs air, and a clogged filter may impact performance.
You should get your filters changed every 12 months or after 12000 miles, whichever comes fast. Don’t ignore this maintenance as it could lead to problems in your car engine or car cabin as you also breath air that is filtered by the internal cabin air filter.
You can get the filter replaced at your mechanic or in the comfort of your garage in just 10 minutes. By doing it yourself, you can save the trip to the mechanic and some money. Here is how you can do it yourself:
- First, locate your filter which is situated in the hood of the car. It is in a black rectangular box, which might have metal clips used to keep it closed. You can see it as soon as you pop the hood. If you don’t find it there, then check the owner’s manual for assistance.
- After locating it, remove the casing and observe how the air filter fits inside. It is important to note the direction of the filter. Make a note of the directions of the filter and remove it.
- If the filter is mostly clean, you can clean out the debris from your filter by using compressed air. This can improve the life of the filter and help your engine run efficiently. Then place back in same way.
- If the filter is dirty, removing it and insert the new filter the same way the old one fit and in the same direction. You will see that it will sit perfectly into it’s housing. (Be sure it’s the correct filter type)
- Now close the air filter casing after you are done. Make sure it fits correctly, just like the filter. Your done.