Maintaining your vehicle is essential to keeping it on the road. For those who do not have a lot to time in their hands, car maintenance can be intimidating if they are not willing to undertake simple maintenance tasks. Professional car maintenance can drain your pocket very fast. However, the good part concerning repairs is that there is a broad range of simple tasks you can do, regardless of your expertise level.
You can fix a lot of aspects ranging from alternators, fuel filters, wipers, tires among others. The mind is everything and the biggest hurdle to repairing your car is convincing yourself that you can handle the work. In this guide, we shall detail the tools necessary to perform DIY car maintenance and care.
To perform any car maintenance or repairs, you would need some basic tools to help you on the work. The primary ones include; adjustable wrench, socket and ratchet set, torque wrench, pliers, screwdrivers and a jack. There is no special secret to picking the tools, all you need is to identify the task you need to perform and figure out the suitable tool. Let us get started.
Wheels and tires
For wheels and tires, start with the brakes. Clean the brake dust off regularly. If you leave it for too long, the combination of moisture, road grime, and heat from the brakes will get into the wheels. Due to static electricity, dust clings on the wheels. Next, check the tire pressure regularly. Ensure that your wheels have the thread depth.
When it comes to engine, there are different checks you need to perform. First, start by checking the belts. Many rubber drive belts loop around different pulleys that drive various components such as the alternator and a/c compressor. In extreme conditions, rubber perish. The timing belt should also be checked after every 25,000 miles. Still, on the engine, check the oil level to ensure that it meets the threshold. If it is low, ensure you top it up with the recommended ones.
With electrical, you can start with the battery. When you need to work on an electrical component of the car, start by disconnecting the battery. You can achieve this by loosening the connector to the negative terminal first and then wriggle the terminal cap off. Most modern cars are built on a 12-volt negative ground electrical system. Clean the battery caps, check the acid and water levels.