Did you just find a small problem with your car? Chances are high that you can fix it home at a small price and sometimes even for free. You don’t always have to visit the service station for these simple and easy repairs. Save your time and some money. Spend no less than 30 minutes every week on the car to ensure that it keeps working in the best condition always.
Here are some easy ways to maintain your car and do some easy repairs at home.
Replace a blown fuse
Whenever some electronic component of your car stops working, it is likely because of a blown fuse. Replacing this fuse is easy and should not take more than 5 minutes. The most common problems faced due to these blown switches include problems in operation of power windows, stereo system issues and issues with different lights.
Finding a fuse is also very easy. Just look under the steering wheel. If you don’t find a fuse there, it will be under the hood. Check if a wire has separated from a fuse or if it appears melted. Check the manual of the car to find where a specific fuse is located to narrow down your search. You will also get a small key for fuse removal. If you don’t have that, just use needle nose pliers.
Once you locate a fuse that has blown off, just remove it with a key or pliers. After this, all you have to do is buy a similar fuse and install it. That’s it. There is nothing else you will need to do. Keeping a small set of fuses at home or in the car tool kit will also help you.
Replace air filters
The air filters of the car need constant replacement. Your mechanic might ask you to change them every time you go for a service. Don’t blame him. A bad air filter could lead to smells and cause problems with your car’s AC as well. Replacing the filter takes less than 5 minutes.
A new filter doesn’t cost more than $10. The air filter of the car should be replaced every year. However, if you drive the car regularly, change the filter every 15,000 miles or whenever a problem arises. If you don’t do it, the air intake system gets damaged and so does the engine.
Changing the filter is very easy. You will find an air filter box under the hood of your car. The box can be opened with the help of a latch. Just open it, pick the old air filter, clean the box a little and keep the new filter in it. It is as simple as taking out freshly washed clothes from the washer.
Doing simple repairs at home can save you from tons of headaches. In fact, knowing how to do these repairs can also help you in the case of an emergency. Learn more about car maintenance with me. Stay updated!