With the average age of automobiles on the road approaching eleven years, routine maintenance is needed now more than ever. Vehicle maintenance, in addition to insurance and fuel, has proven to be among the highest out-of-pocket costs for car owners and that’s why most people opt for do-it-yourself (DIY) maintenance. So, if you own a car, and you really want to reduce the number of trips you make to the mechanic’s, here are a few tested and tried DYI tips you should give a go.
Keep tire-pressure in check
Over-inflated tires reduce ride quality, lead to a less effective contact patch on the road, make the car feel skittish’, make it hard to handle your car on dry and wet surfaces, and lead to wearing of the rubber at the center. Under-inflated tires are worse. They will literally make you feel like you are driving on the lawn. Additionally, they over-flex the sidewalls of your tires, which could cause a blowout, and work the engine harder, which translates to use of more fuel.
The car brakes are a matter of life and death. That is why many people get worrying when they hear a noise after applying the brakes. It might be nothing, but you do not want to take chances when it comes to car brakes. Car brake noise could be a warning that something is amiss and should that be the case, you need to deal with the underlying issue as fast as you can. Here is how you can deal with car brake noises. Continue reading
Engines combine somewhat complex physics and math to get mechanical motion from heat energy. We all want to improve our engine performance, but it is not an easy task. You have probably experimented with different lubricants, carburetors, gasoline additives, or spark plugs in a bid to improve your engine’s performance without any luck. Here are the top 6 ways of increasing your car’s horsepower and engine performance. Continue reading
The engine is the heart of your cars, and you need to keep it in top shape to ensure that the vehicle is operating at its maximum. This includes regular maintenance and troubleshooting as soon as you notice anything amiss. The engine has many components, and all of them need regular maintenance. The first thing you need to do is familiarize yourself with the engine and every single part. Every car manufacturer has a different engine, and each requires its particular attention. Read the vehicle manufacturers manual first to understand your engine better. There are many things that you need to do to protect your car engine without the cost going through the roof. You should, however, first familiarize yourself on what causes engine problems. These are listed below. Continue reading
The cooling system of a car’s engine is a critical component that determines your engine performance. The cooling system comprises of the radiator, radiator cap, water pump and the fan along with the hoses and the thermostat which connect the radiator to the engine. This system will keep your engine from overheating. There are a couple of things that can cause your engine to overheat and they all have different consequences. You don’t need to find out the effects if you take good care of the cooling system. This is how you can go about that. Continue reading
The car battery is the power underneath your vehicle’s hood that is used to provide the electricity needed for the sliding window, door locks, lights and any other car accessory. If your car battery dies, the car is dead too. It is, however, not common to have a car battery suddenly die unless there is an electric short or if you left the lights on. You will get some warnings of a battery approaching its limit. The most common sign is when the starter struggles to start the engine in the morning. Continue reading
Your car engine needs oil as much as your heart needs blood. It will keep all the engine components functioning well. Metals make the engine, and so are the components. Friction can be a major concern. That’s where the oil comes. The oil lubricates the engine and all its parts thus preventing friction which might ruin your engine’s life. To improve the performance of your engine and extend the life of your car, you need to change oil and filters regularly. Here is a guide to replace the engine oil of your vehicle. Continue reading
One of the standard practices in car maintenance is replacing the brake pads. Brake are a matter of life and death. If you are not attentive, the pieces in the brake pads will wear out thus risking your life. If you neglect the braking systems, you will ultimately pay more than you could have if you took the time to maintain the system. The braking system is vulnerable due to the friction and heat. The brake pads wear down and as part of a vehicle’s regular maintenance, you should replace them. There are two types of braking system, the disc-brake systems, and drum brakes. In the latter, the brake pads are called shoes. Continue reading
A shock is the suspension component controlling the up-and-down motion of your car’s wheels providing some shock absorption. The springs, however, are the one who handle the job of absorbing the shock. Shocks are also known as dampers, and they reduce excessive motion. That keeps the body of your car from bouncing down the road. On the other hand, a strut is a type of shock absorber but has a structural role in the suspension of the vehicle. It is mounted on strut-type suspensions inside coil springs. In addition to its shock absorber element, a car strut also helps in positioning the wheels. Continue reading
Picture one day seeing smoke from the car’s hood or hot air coming from the air conditioner or seeing an indicator on the dash showing your engine is overheating. One of the last things you want on your car is the engine overheating. It can cost you a lot of resources when cleaning up the mess. You should always try to prevent your engine from overheating. The water pump in your car helps prevent the engine from overheating causing severe damage to your vehicle. The engine powers it. The water pumps, also known as the coolant plant, maintain safe engine temperatures when operating by circulating a liquid coolant through the radiator and engine cooling system. Continue reading
We all want to extend the life of everything we own. Some things, unfortunately, do not have the ability to prolong the life. Fortunately, car tires do not belong to that group. You can prolong the life of the tire by regularly rotating them. That is moving the tires from one position to another. You will end up improving their performance in the process. Here is a guide to the car tire rotation and wheel maintenance. Continue reading