Taking your car to a garage can get quite expensive, so in order to save yourself a little cash, it is worth learning how to do some basic car repair and maintenance yourself so that you don’t end up out of pocket. To get you started I’ve put together this list of a few simple bits of car maintenance that everyone should know how to do.
Changing a Flat Tyre
The first part of being able to change a flat tyre yourself is to have a replacement tyre or emergency tyre to change it with! If you don’t have a spare tyre then you’ll have to have your car taken to a garage anyway, so it is well worth getting one for your car. Most vehicles have space for a spare tyre underneath the floor of the boot, so if you’re not sure whether or not you have one, go take a look now.
Changing a tyre can seem really intimidating, but it is really much simpler than it seems. Before you get started on changing your tyre, you need to make sure that you move your vehicle to a safe place so that you’re not in any danger while you’re changing the tyre. It’s much better to see the process of changing a tyre than read about it, so have a look at this video for a step by step guide:
Jumpstarting a Battery
It’s a bit of an understatement to say that it is a little annoying when your car battery dies and you need to call out a mechanic to help you start it up again, so you can really do yourself a favour by keeping a pair of jumper cables in your boot and learning how to jumpstart a battery yourself. You’ll need a car with a charged battery to do this, so hopefully you’ll find a kindly Samaritan to stop and give you a hand. Like with anything else to do with electric, you’ll need to be really careful when jumpstarting an engine so that you don’t end up hurting yourself.
Here is another video to help you jumpstart your car and to make sure that you do so properly and safely:
If your battery is often dying, then I’d recommend taking it to a mechanic to get checked out!
Checking Your Oil
I’ve already written a blog about how to tell if your oil is in need of changing, so hopefully, if you’re an attentive reader then you already know the lowdown on how to change it and why it’s important. If you managed to miss that blog, or if you have the memory of a goldfish, then the simple explanation is that oil helps to keep your engine health and performing optimally.
Here is another handy video to help you out:
Checking Tyre Pressure
Making sure that your tyres are at the right pressure is perhaps more of an important part of car maintenance than you would first think. If your tyres aren’t at the right pressure then that can contribute to increased wear on the tyres, poorer fuel efficiency and a decrease in control – all of those are things that you’ll be wanting to avoid!
Checking your tyre pressure is usually a very simple process. Your dashboard will usually have a light that comes on if your tyres are at the wrong pressure and most petrol stations have a pump that allows you to test the pressure and add more if needed. In case you need a little more guidance, here is a little video to keep you right:
I’ll be back soon with even more simple car maintenance that everyone should know.