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July 23, 2014

Basic Do it Yourself Tune-Ups

Whether you realize it or not, your car is one of the most important assets you own. In some cases it may be a vehicle that you’ve saved up years for or it might be something you just purchased to help you get from point A to point B; in either event, your car is vital for making your life much easier when it comes to transportation. That being said, your car also needs plenty of upkeep and maintenance to ensure that it keeps running well. However, taking it to a mechanic can be expensive, and many people wonder whether or not mechanics are actually doing all that they can to make sure the vehicle runs properly. If you don’t want to take your car to the mechanic, here are some DIY tune-up tips to consider.

Changing Your Own Oil
There may be a few things that you can avoid doing with your car, but changing your oil is not one of them. It’s commonly expected that you have your oil changed at least once every three months or every 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. But instead of taking your car in every three months, which could add up to a few hundred dollars per year, learn how to change it on your own. It may be something that is difficult your first time, but you’ll quickly realize that this is a task that you can easily do once you know how to do it. Before you start, make sure you have about five quarts of oil and an oil filter, as this will make the process much easier.

Replace The Air Filter
What may be even easier than changing your oil is replacing the air filter. Your air filter is located near the front of your car under the hood and you can easily take it out in just a few steps. If you think that your air filter is still good, you can just dust off any buildup that has accumulated. But if it’s been a while since you last changed it, consider just getting a new one. They are cheap and easy to change, but they can help you increase your gas mileage and improve overall car quality.

Check Your Spark Plugs
Another way to save on gas, as well as keep your car running properly, is with the spark plugs. Spark plugs are located at the engine, and they are what helps create an electrical current to the ignition. If this process is not working properly, your car may have a hard time starting. Instead, locate your spark plugs and visit your local parts store for an easy to do replacement on your own. While you are doing this, you may also want to consider changing the spark plug wires.

Keep Your Car Clean
Finally, keeping your car clean will not only make you feel more confident while driving, but it’ll also make sure your car keeps it’s value in the long haul. This isn’t as much of a tune-up, but be sure to give your car a good cleaning, both inside, and out, whenever you are doing other maintenance.

If you want to keep your car running for years, then you’ll need to make sure you give it the attention it deserves. But instead of taking it into the shop, just keep up with these DIY tune-up tips you can do by yourself.

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