I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been under the impression that no one likes car repairs, especially the unexpected ones. Of course, just like humans, cars need regular checkups, and there are quite a few that you can do yourself! While it’s very important to check your car’s owner manual for specific suggestions for your car type here are some suggested timeframes for some of the basic DIY car checkups. I’ve partnered with Ames Ford to bring you these Six DIY Car Checkups.
Check Fluids properly…regularly
Notice the word regularly? Don’t skip that part. You should check your fluids every few weeks, but please be sure you read your owners manual first so that you know what you are doing. Failure to do so could result in a dangerous situation where fluids explode onto your skin causing serious harm. Checking them incorrectly could also result in incorrect readings.
Regular Oil Changes
Most cars require oil changes every 2,000-3,000 miles. Keep in mind that old or no oil can affect your engine. You can change your own oil or you can visit a service center to have it done.
Check Tire Pressure Regularly
Your tire pressure is very important. If too high, or too low, it could easily lead to a flat, or even a blown tire. Check your tires weekly, so that you can quickly identify any changes such as a slow leak. If you notice changes, do not hesitate to get them checked out.
Rotate Your Tires
Tires should be rotated roughly every 5,000 miles. This is important to ensure they wear evenly. If you are uncomfortable doing this yourself please see a tire dealer or other car professional for assistance.
Don’t Ignore The Lights
If any of your warning lights on your dashboard appear, don’t hesitate to get them checked. You can usually have this done at your local auto parts store. If the reading brings back news of an issue, getting it looked at by your trusted mechanic immediately.
Get Your Air Conditioner Checked Each Year
If your summers are anything near as hot as they are here… this is something you don’t want to slack on. Having your air conditioner go out in the dead heat is the worst. Be sure to get your air conditioner checked each year, and fluids topped off if need be.
Keep in mind that many of these things are definitely easy enough that you can do them yourself. However, if you have doubt, please visit your local service center for professional assistance.