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Basic Car Maintenance Everyone Should Know How to Do

A car on the side of the road with a Flat Tire
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There’s nothing more empowering than arming yourself with the knowledge and skills you need to be independent. One way to make yourself that much more self-sufficient is to know some basic car maintenance tasks.

Here are some easy maintenance that everyone should know how to do.

Changing Your Own Oil

Trust us on this one: Changing your own oil isn’t nearly as hard as every auto repair person is going to tell you it is. Quick oil change places want you to think that getting your oil changed is some kind of complex or dangerous process that only professionals should engage in. However, this simply isn’t the case.

The hard part of changing your oil comes into play when you go to get rid of your original oil; you can’t just throw it out in the yard. You have to properly dispose of the oil, which can be a bit of a hassle depending on where you live. Once you know of a facility that will allow you to dispose of the oil, however, you can save yourself some serious money by simply changing your own oil.

How to Change a Tire

Make sure you keep a spare tire, a tire jack and a wrench in your car so you can change your own tire if you throw a flat. It’s relatively simple, but you want to make sure you understand the correct order in which to do things before you get started. Knowing where to safely put your jack, how high your car needs to be, etc., are all important aspects of tire changing.

Once you’ve learned how to do this, however, you’re set in case you find yourself with a flat on the side of the road. Using a wrench is straightforward, and you need only make sure you get the lug nuts back on the tire tight enough that it’s safe to drive on from there.

How to Replace Your Headlights

Have you ever turned on your headlights only to find that one of your bulbs is out? This is a pain, and it’s likely to get you pulled over. Not to mention, it’s not very safe to drive around with one headlight. This is where your knowledge can help: Head to the auto parts store (during the day) and grab some replacement bulbs.

Armed with the knowledge of how to change your own headlights, you can quickly pop the old bulbs out and replace them with new ones. This allows you to skip a costly trip to the repairs shop while also empowering you. What feels better than fixing up your own vehicle?

DJ Swanson

DJ Swanson

D.J. Swanson never planned to be a writer. His first job was working in his family’s autobody shop, but after studying English and journalism in college, he decided not to join the family business.

Instead, D.J. realized that he could make a difference by helping people learn how to maintain their cars and drive safely in challenging conditions. He is proud to share his lifelong knowledge of cars and driving here at Daily Traffic Alerts.

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