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I am the mom of four beautiful, strong daughters! As their mom, I have always wanted them to be able to take care of them selves, just in case they ever break down on the side of the road or even if they need to do normal maintenance for their car, I want them to be able to handle the situation. My cute hubby just bought our seventeen year old a car a few months ago, and like her older sisters, their dad made sure it was a reliable car because he worries about his girls. He also has taken the time to teach them to do simple car maintenance and with Andie going off to college in about an year and half, she needs to be ready!
The other day, He went to Walmart
and picked up a FRAM Extra Guard Air Filter
for my car, so he could teach Andie how to replace the old one. They are easy to find and even have a tool to help you find the right one for your car. I know as a woman, I get really nervous about doing things to my car but we can do it! My husband, worked out of town for 2 years and there is so many single moms, college girls that can’t always depend on a guy to take care of our cars, so here is a simple guide to help you take care of your car and keep it running!
Tip 1 : Check and change the oil. No single step will help an engine last more than a regular oil and filter change. If the engine oil looks thick or unusually dark, it’s time to change it!
A clean air filter improves airflow and prevents dirt and dust from entering and damaging the engine. Remember, to follow recommended change intervals as noted in your vehicle owner’s manual.”
Tip 2: Flush the cooling system and change the coolant once a year. A 50/50 mix of coolant and distilled water will keep the cooking system in good shape and prevent corrosion.
Tip 3: Keep your car clean! While washing the outside of the car is obvious, most everything the vehicle has ran over can also get stuck to the underside. Hosing off the winter salt and road grime is a good idea.
Tip 4 : Nothing keeps paint looking good and protected like a coat of quality wax. Apply wax at least every six months.
Tip 5: Protect the interior by parking in the shade, or use a deflector screen.
Tip 6: Listen for odd noises. Get to know the noises that are normal for your car, so when a different one starts, you will know that there is a problem.
Tip 7: Drive calmly! Take it easy on the car when you drive it.
Tip 8: Check the tires, grab a ruler and check the depth of the tread on your car’s tires. If driving in snow, tires should have a minimum of 6/32 of an inch of tread. If driving on wet roads, look for a minimum of 4/32 of an inch of tread.
Tip 9: Maintain visibility. Check and replace windshield wipers as needed. If you don’t know how to do this, any auto shop will help you replace your old ones.
Tip 10: Check the battery connection. If they are loose, it can cause your car not to start and if your battery is older than 3 years old, it’s probably time to change it.
To replace your air filter, here is a simple guide:
- Use proper protective gear.
- Loosen wing nut or other fasteners to remove filter cover.
- Remove old air filter.
- Clean filter cover and housing using a shop vacuum.
- Install new air filter. Be sure it is sealed around the perimeter.
- Replace cover and fasten.
I hope these tips are helpful! What is the biggest thing you like to do to keep your car running?