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Winter Car Maintenance: Top suggestions

DownsDougherty28Jun 15, 2019, 10:56:25 AM

Check your headlights, brake lights, and turn signals to make sure they are working correctly. Changing these bulbs is a bit more difficult in newer cars, but still something you can do yourself and save about $50. When changing your headlights, wear gloves. You cannot touch the bulb itself with your bare skin, your body oils will break down the glass as it heats up and burn the light out.

Moreover, a car doesn't always get its top mileage. You really have to keep it in peak condition if it's to perform well. That means making sure oil and air filters are replaced regularly. Additionally, you must check your tire pressure routinely to ensure optimal mileage. Did you know that driving with inadequately filled tires can reduce gas efficiency a whopping fifteen percent? Washing and waxing your car provides a good time to ponder more efficient ways to use your vehicle.

In my instance I took some tubing cutters, and if you have ever done any copper plumbing you will know what this tool is..and I removed a small piece of this rusty brake line and took it with me to the where is the nearest auto parts store to me. The piece I cut off was relatively rust free and this is important if you plan to repair or replace some brake line. You want to be sure the parts you are going to be getting will fit properly..and you need a good piece of line to do that.

There is also a lot of enhancement that can be done through body modifications. There are numerous kits that take the guesswork out of getting the parts that you need. Select a price range and then check out the online stores. They will sell kits that have all the parts necessary for successful installation. No more running back to the auto store near me two or three times because you did not know you needed a certain bracket or bolt.

Prepare for a new battery - Clean the now empty tray to free it of corrosion. A solution of baking soda and water will do the trick, and can be applied with a wire brush. Use a battery cable connection cleaner for the connections. If the tray is excessively corroded, replace it with a new one.

Take out a notebook now and make a list of all the jobs you've had over the sixty years or more you have spent on this planet. Next, match up every type of work you've done with the skills and training you needed to perform that necessary work. Which job did you like the best and why?

Buy a new filter - Go to your local auto parts store to buy a new filter. Paper-based filters have a shorter lifespan, but are cheap to buy. Cotton-based filters have a long life and can be cleaned and reused again and again. If you plan to keep your car for many years and expect to drive many miles, consider investing in a cotton filter.

Before you agree to any repairs, ask for a written estimate from your mechanic. Get the person to right out a detailed quote that covers labor expenses and parts. Then, instruct them not to do any unauthorized work without your confirmed permission.

Many radiators today don't even have provisions for draining them into a pan. You may have to find a drain plug on the side of the engine to drain the coolant. If you don't know which plug your removing, your apt to be draining engine oil rather then coolant.