Whether you’re looking to earn some extra cash or just want to do something fun on the weekend, there are plenty of car maintenance jobs you can do yourself.
Car maintenance jobs include everything from changing the oil to replacing brake pads. Some people prefer to do these tasks themselves because they save money, while others enjoy the challenge of learning new skills.
Here’s how to get started.
If you’re interested in doing any of these DIY car maintenance jobs, start by reading our guide to getting started with auto repair. Then, check out our list of ten car maintenance jobs you can complete yourself.
Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles.
It’s not hard to find oil changes at your local gas station, but why wait until then? Changing your own oil will save you money and keep your engine running smoothly.
Check Your Tire Pressure at Least Once a Month.
If you’ve got a manual transmission, check your tire pressure once a month. If you’ve got an automatic, check it every three months. A properly inflated tire helps prevent blowouts, which can lead to serious accidents.
Replace Wiper Blades When They Start Fading.
It’s not uncommon for wiper blades to start fading after only a few years of use. This happens because the rubber wears down as the blade rubs against the glass. To fix this problem, replace the entire blade assembly with a new one.
Clean Your Air Filter Regularly.
If you’ve ever had an air filter replaced by a mechanic, you know how expensive it can be. Fortunately, replacing an air filter isn’t nearly as complicated as it sounds. All you need is a screwdriver, a wrench, and a replacement part.
Replace your belts.
The good news is that a serpentine belt can usually be replaced with a simple wrench and socket, which relieves the tensioner to allow the old belt to be removed and the new one slipped into place
If you have the equipment and will, you can rotate the tires in your garage.
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