3 Diy Car Hacks That Are Easy on Your Wallet
If you could have your dream car, which one would that be? Maybe you want the fastest engine ever built to launch you roaring down the road at tremendous speeds. Perhaps you’d be looking for the sound system that makes stock speakers sound like old-timey record players. You probably want to make your car fly off the road like Marty McFly and Doc Brown, heading to a place that doesn’t need roads. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want that? Unfortunately, we must keep our used autos on the roads (for now) and that means we have to find a way to keep them rolling along. Car repairs and maintenance can be a real strain on the wallet, but it doesn’t have to be. The following are just a few simple tricks that you can do yourself to take care of your vehicle, rather than spending money at the mechanic’s.
- Air Filter
Air filters need to be changed at least once every 12 months. Hiring a mechanic to do the job can get expensive. You can replace the filter yourself in under ten minutes and it costs no more than $10. Ready?
1.If you find a black- rectangular box when you lift the hood, that would be your air filter. You can refer the owner’s manual if you have difficulty locating it.
2.Check the inside of the box and note the direction of the air filter and its position.
3.Exchange the new air filter for the old one and fix it in place just the way the old one sat.
4.Fasten the metal clips and you are done!
- Windshield Wipers
Wiper blades can quickly wear out and typically need reinstalling every 6 months. This can be easily done at home at little cost and with no scheduled trips to the auto shop. Ignoring this could potentially lead to the glass streaking and it’s wise to tend to it before any damage is done. The process is quite similar to the air filter change:
1.Check how the blades are attached to the metal arms. Different models may have a different way of attaching.
2.You might see a tab on the side of the wiper. Remove the old blade after pushing on the tab
3.Be careful not to let the blades touch the glass before it is in place lest it cause streaking. Attach the new blades and make sure they are securely in place.
- Spark Plugs
Replacing the spark plugs in your car may sound like an advanced technique, but it really isn’t. It’s a pretty straightforward process if you pay a little attention to it. You just need to be careful of the order in which the plugs are replaced. This is crucial.
- Find the spark plugs by following the thick rubber wires.
- Depending on the total number of your car engine cylinders, there’ll be a corresponding number of spark plugs.
- Remove the rubber wire attached to the first spark plug by using the extension on the ratchet and the socket.
- Replace the new spark plug in its position, screw it in, first by hand and then with a wrench. Remember to reattach the plug wire.
- Repeat the above steps for each spark plug, working on only one at a time.
Don’t forget — if you have any questions or uncertainty moving forward with these projects, do yourself a favor: use the resources available and do more research. The internet is a big beautiful resource filled with anything you can possibly imagine. The items mentioned here are only to serve as a reminder of what you are capable of in taking care of your own car.
Too often these days we rely on paying for things when we don’t need to. By performing these simple bits of maintenance you’re exercising your independence — and maybe even your brain, just by learning something new. Honestly, you really can’t go wrong with doing these things. If nothing else, you are definitely going to be able to save a few dollars to put towards something else. Maybe you’ll finally get those killer new speakers you’ve been eyeing!