If you are like Penny of the hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” and has the tendency of putting off checking your car’s condition again and again—don’t. Car safety and “Check Engine” light jokes might be funny on television, but it’s a serious matter in real life. It is extremely advisable to see to problems, no matter how small they seem to be, as soon as you’ve become aware of them.
If what’s stopping you is the fear of taking it to the mechanic and ending up getting billed for amounts larger than what you’d deem fair, worry no more. The following are some tips to help you figure out if the trouble your car’s experiencing is a case for the mechanics, or if the solution is small enough that it would simply require some of the easiest ways to tune up your car yourself.
· After identifying the problem, take some time to double-check if that is indeed the problem or if it’s just a symptom of the real, and quite possibly bigger, malfunction. Say for instance that you’ve encountered a leak. If you performed the easiest ways to tune up your car yourself and have replaced all the easy-to-replace external tubes but still the leak persists, then it might be internal and needs to be seen by professionals.
· Replacing the brake pads if they have worn down to an eighth of an inch is not only important; it is also easy if you pay careful attention to the steps. If you’ve followed everything to the letter and still hear disturbing squeals from under your feet when you break or turn the wheel, either you’ve done something wrong with replacing brake pads or the problem is somewhere else entirely. Then it’s time to call in the mechanic.
To be honest, though, as long as you’ve kept your car properly maintained prior to deciding you want to do the maintenance and follow the easiest ways to tune up your car yourself, you shouldn’t encounter a problem big enough that would require you to shed big bucks.
If it’s your first time tuning up your car, make sure you either have enough time to accomplish everything or that you have someone with you who’s more knowledgeable to guide you through it (or both).
· Clean or replace fuel filter according to what is needed
· If the spark plugs have seen around twenty to thirty thousand miles, each spark plug per cylinder along with their wires might be in need of replacing
· If the distributor cap is connected to the spark plug and wires, you’d have to replace those too
· See to all the car fluids to determine which might need refilling or, in the case of oil and oil filter that have seen six months of service, they might need replacing
· Check if the air filter is beginning to clog and is in need of replacing
· If the PCV valve needs a reboot, do so to ensure there won’t be blockages in the future
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