Basic car tips everyone should know

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CARS can fail us every once in a while. Imagine how you would feel when your car breaksdown just when you need it the most.

Did you know that some of the most common reasons for car problems have easy fixes that you can learn to do yourself?

Here are some tips by website www.lifehack.org

Changing oil
You need to regularly check and change your car’s oil to ensure smooth running of the vehicle and to prolong the lifespan of its engine.
Basic steps involve draining the oil by removing the oil drain plug, unscrewing the oil filter and emptying it, putting the oil filter and drain plug back, removing the oil filler hole cap, and pouring fresh oil. Nothing you can’t learn from the tons of tutorials available online.

Changing a flat tyre
Tyres are one of the most important parts of a vehicle. And they can go flat every once in a while. To changing a flat tyre basic steps involve loosening the lug nuts (with a wrench), using a jack stand to lift the car off the ground, removing the lug nuts (and subsequently the tyre), placing the spare tyre on, wrenching the lug nuts back on. Simple.

Changing spark plugs
They are the tiny devices inside the cylinder that create sparks to ignite the gasoline, ultimately powering your vehicle. But they do wear out every 10,000 miles or so.
The steps include: locating your spark plugs, removing the spark plug wire, removing the faulty spark plug, inserting the new spark plug in its place, and putting the wire back. Make sure to watch a tutorial before you do it yourself.

Removing scratches from paint
Scratches are the absolute worst. Even the tiniest scratches are visible from a distance and can kill the overall appearance of your metal monster. Unfortunately it os costly but you can save the money with a simple DIY job.
The steps include: determining the depth of the scratch, lightly sanding the scratch, cleaning the area, applying rubbing compound, polishing the area with the rubbing compound, washing the area, and finally waxing the area to seal the repair. That’s it. You’ve just saved yourself a lot of money.

Changing a car battery
If you’re in the middle of nowhere, your best bet would be to find roadside assistance and/or call a tow truck. But if you’re home and your battery shows signs that it might need replacement, the DIY replacement method is quite easy.
Remove covers from the battery, disconnecting the negative cables, moving the clamp away from the battery post, doing the same for the positive cable clamp, removing all screws, replacing the old battery with the new one, and finally reconnecting the cable clamps. Make sure you label the cables before you remove them.

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