Owning a car is more than just filling up with gas and picking out an air freshener scent. Your vehicle requires routine maintenance. Fortunately, you can perform some of these tasks yourself.
In their “Short List” segment, Craig Cole of AutoGuide.com lists 10 tasks every driver is capable of checking, fixing, or adjusting.
Adding windshield wiper fluid and changing wiper blades ensure safety by clearing debris and rain. It’s important to regularly check oil levels. Too much can be just as bad as too little. Top off any oil in small amounts until you are within the required range. Tires also need a little TLC. Use a gauge to make sure your tires are inflated to the factory-recommended settings. Fixing a flat is also a critical skill to practice. If your battery dies, knowing how to jump a car comes in handy to keep you rolling. Since air is essential for your engine, replace the filter to eliminate clogs that reduce output. Inspect belts often for abrasions, cracks, or tears.
If you can’t perform this work yourself, auto repair services can. Finally, check the cooling system, so your ride can keep enduring both the heat and the cold.