Have you ever been in the middle of your commute when you see a little light on your car’s dashboard light up? You realize that you need to get your car checked out before that small issue snowballs into something more damaging (and expensive). We all know at least one person who ignores those little warning lights as long as possible and keeps driving around despite the risk or causing more damage to your vehicle. We do that because we either lack the time to fix it ourselves or we lack the money to pay someone else to fox it. At Metropolitan Auto Body and Paint, we believe that regular TLC (tender loving care), can go a long way in improving the life of your car. He is our list of easy auto maintenance jobs you can do at home.
Practice Safety First
Before doing any auto maintenance jobs, first make sure that you have taken all of the necessary safety precautions: eye protection, gloves, safely parking your car, not working on a hot engine, and most importantly safely securing the car-jack/lift if you use one.
Let’s face it, we’ve all been swindled into over-paying somebody to change our oil before. We’re not proud of it, but to be fair we all had to start somewhere. Changing your oil is quick and simple and the cost of oil is significantly cheaper than paying premiums at a quick service gas station. See 6 Benefits of Regular Oil Changes. You should change your oil about every 3,000 miles.
Change Your Coolant
While it may seem like your coolant lasts forever, it doesn’t. Most mechanics recommend changing your coolant every 30,000 miles or so depending on what kind of coolant you use. Replacing your coolant when it’s time can save you the time and hassle of replacing your radiator, heater core, or water pump later! This should be done every few months as part of your regular tune-up.
Replace Your Air Filter
There are a lot of reasons for needing to keep your air filter clean. Most importantly though, aa clogged air filter can limit the efficiency of your car’s AC and Heating. Replacing your air filter annually is easy to do and it can save you some cash in the process. On average, an air filter replacement can save you about $100. Replacing your air filter is as easy as pulling out the old one and placing the new one in.
Replace Your Headlight and Taillight Bulbs
Driving with a burnt-out headlight or taillight is dangerous. Your headlights and taillights need to work so that you can see the road and so that other drivers can see you. Neglecting to replace a burnt-out light won’t only cost you the price of replacing the bulb and the labor involved, driving without a burnt-out headlight or tail light can also cost you a traffic violation.
Replacing your headlights and taillights is a quick and easy job that is as easy as changing a lightbulb in your home. This job will only cost you the price of the new lights, which retail as low as $15.