Cars are huge investments. So, whenever an issue arises, you want to make sure you take care of it as soon as possible. However, bringing your car back to the dealer over every little issue can be a real time and money sink. Instead, you can take matters into your own hands, even if you don’t know a lot about cars. Allow us to introduce you to a few car maintenance tasks you can do yourself that will save you both time and money.
Wash and Wax
Washing and waxing are likely the easiest car maintenance tasks you can do yourself but don’t underestimate their importance. Keeping your car clean and free of debris not only helps prevents contaminants from causing corrosion but will help you identify damage and other issues before they have a chance to grow. After you clean your car, it’s always a good idea to apply a fresh coat of wax. This will make your vehicle look glossy and refreshed. Moreover, it will provide an additional protective layer that shields your car from the sun’s harmful UV rays and prevents debris on the road from potentially scratching your automobile.
Replace the Air Filter
The air filter is crucial to prevent dust and dirt from getting into the engine of your vehicle. Therefore, you should regularly change it before it becomes dusty and begins to prevent air from entering the engine itself. Luckily, this is a pretty simple task. Since it’s in the airbox, an old air filter is easy to take off. You can often replace it within ten minutes. Just take note of how the old filter fits into the airbox so that you can replicate it with the new one.
Rotate the Tires
If you want to maximize the lifespan of your tires, you should rotate your tires at least twice a year. While wear and tear are inevitable, you want to balance out the wear across the entire tire rather than allowing it to concentrate in a single area. This task is the most complicated because it requires a few tools, namely a carjack, stands, and a wrench. Furthermore, it’s good to be aware that some tires are directional, meaning you can only rotate them on the same side of the vehicle.