Don’t let vehicle maintenance intimidate you. You don’t need to be a mechanic to take care of your car’s basic maintenance needs. If you think about how much money a vehicle costs (a lot), it makes sense to invest some time in its upkeep. Staying on top of preventive maintenance. You’ll save money by fixing little problems before they turn into big, expensive problems. You’ll be safer as well. Neglected car repairs can put you in danger on the road or leave you stranded with a breakdown.
Check out the following videos to learn how easy it is to take good care of your vehicle, whether you proudly wear grease and motor oil on your hands or you’ve never popped open a hood before.
Watch Our Car Maintenance Videos
- Car Battery Care and Maintenance
- Brake Fluid
- How to Check or Change Your Vehicle’s Oil
- Flat Tires
- How to Measure Tire Tread
- Vehicle Warning Lights
- How to Check and Change Your Engine Coolant (Antifreeze)
- When to Change Your Transmission Fluid
The major areas of preventive vehicle maintenance are the fluids, tires, and engine.
Check your fluids! Just as people need fluids (water, coffee, and that green juice you choke down because it’s good for you…), vehicles need their fluids. These include oil, brake fluid, coolant, and transmission fluid. Check your levels regularly, making sure to refill or replace fluids as necessary to keep your car happy and functional.
One of the biggest safety issues is poorly maintained tires. You need to check their air pressure with a tire gauge, adjust the pressure accordingly, keep an eye on the tread depth and uneven wear, and replace them when necessary. If you ignore your tires, you’re likely to get stuck with a flat or have a blowout while driving. Blowouts are scary and dangerous, especially if you’re on the highway or in the middle of traffic! Bad tires also put you at a greater risk of skidding or hydroplaning. Don’t let your tires lead you straight to a crash.