Owning a car means occasionally dealing with auto repairs. Unless you know what you’re doing, it’s best to take your car to a professional. However, there are some basics that everyone should know about auto repairs. We’ll go over all the basics, from how to change a tire to checking your oil. So whether you’re a first-time car owner or just want to be more prepared for when something goes wrong, read on for all the info you need!

How To Change Headlights

It can’t be avoided. Headlights eventually burn out, and when they do, they should be replaced as soon as possible. Headlights are one of the most important safety features in a car because they both help you see and help others see you. Fortunately, changing a car headlight is a quick and easy fix that anyone can do themselves. It’s so quick that you’ll actually save time if you do it yourself instead of making an appointment and dropping your vehicle off at a mechanic. Keep a set of spare bulbs on hand and you’ll be back in business in less than 30 minutes.

How To Check Tire Pressure

Because all tires lose air, checking your tires monthly is an important part of basic car maintenance. Use the same tire pressure gauge every time and check the air pressure first thing in the morning, not after you’ve driven on them or they’ve sat in the hot sun. NOT the maximum pressure listed on the tire, inflate to the pressures listed on the carmaker’s decal (on the driver’s door or jamb). The recommended tire pressure is determined by the weight of your vehicle, not by the tire brand or tread style. Tires last longer when they are serviced on a regular basis.

How To Replace Your Wiper Blades

It’s simple to tell when your blades need to be replaced. Simply press the washer button and check to see if your blades are clean. They’re toast if they streak. There will be plenty of economy blades at the auto parts store, but go with a name brand instead (ANCO, Trico or Bosch). They are more expensive than economy blades, but their higher-quality rubber wipes better, provides better UV protection, and lasts longer.

Adhere to the installation instructions included with the package. When you remove the old wiper blade, make sure you have a firm grip on the wiper arm. If it gets away from you, it has the potential to crack the windshield.

How To Check Oil Level

Grab a rag, open the hood, and remove the dipstick (if you don’t know where it is, consult your owner’s manual). Wipe the dipstick with the rag and re-insert it into the dipstick tube, making sure it is completely seated (goes all the way in). Then take it out again to check the oil level. The dipstick will have two marks, notches, or holes indicating the “FULL” and “ADD” levels. You’re out of oil if the oil appears below the ADD mark. Add just enough oil to fill the dipstick all the way to the top.

Do it yourself instead of going to the mechanic for your next oil change. Changing your oil at home may appear daunting at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s just basic car maintenance that saves you a lot of money.

How To Check Tire Tread Depth

Don’t bother with the penny-in-the-tread trick. A tread depth gauge is much more accurate and only costs a few dollars. Take a 1 in. measurement of the tread depth. each edge, as well as the depth of the center tread They should be all the same. If they aren’t, your vehicle could be out of alignment.

How To Check Engine Air Filter

It’s simple to test and replace your filter, so do it yourself. Instead of following the manufacturer’s recommended service intervals, replace the filter based on its actual condition. It is not difficult to inspect its condition. Just take it out and take a look at it. If the back-light test fails, it’s time to replace the air filter. Vacuum out the crud in the air cleaner box while the filter is out.

How To Refill Windshield Washer Fluid

This one seems like a no-brainer, but if you don’t know where your windshield washer fluid reservoir is located, pop the hood and find it ASAP. You don’t want to get caught on a muddy road with no windshield washer fluid! And be sure to keep some backup fluid in your trunk in case you need to refill it in a pinch. If needed, you can also repair your windshield washer yourself.

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