Though we always recommend having a trusted auto shop, like ours at Nissan of Lexington Park, for complex maintenance and extensive repairs, there are quite a few car care to-dos that you can complete at home. The next time your car needs one of these eight simple maintenances, DIY it!
1. Air Filter
The air filter in your car needs to be replaced about every 12,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first. Many auto shops will suggest replacing your filter with an oil change, but oftentimes the timing of these two services don’t quite align. You can replace it yourself at just the right time in just a few minutes.
2. Windshield Wipers
Driving with worn-out windshield wipers is not only annoying (the squeaking and squealing!) but unsafe. You’ll want to replace your blades about every six months, or when you notice they aren’t doing their job. Thankfully, staying safe in the rain is as easy as unsnapping the old blades and snapping the new ones back onto your car!
3. Spark Plugs
Though this replacement might sound complicated, a ratchet or socket wrench, 12” socket extension, spark plug sockets, and about half an hour of patience will get you the results you need. Spark plugs generally need to be replaced about every 30,000 miles, but be sure to check your owner’s manual for exact specifications for your car.
4. Oil And Oil Filter
This maintenance item is a little more advanced than the rest, so be sure you know what you’re doing before undertaking this one. In general, it’s recommended that you change your oil every 3,000 to 7,000 miles.
5. Battery Maintenance
You can keep your battery in good health with just a few simple tools and a few minutes. Cleaning the battery posts will help keep your battery for its full lifespan.
6. Radiator Flush
It’s normal for buildup to accumulate in your radiator, and this buildup can disrupt your car’s cooling system. Thankfully, a radiator flush is a quick and easy way to keep things in tip-top shape.
7. Brake Pads
Brake pads need to be replaced about every 20,000 miles, or sooner if you drive in a lot of stop-and-go traffic. Though we always recommend bringing your car in when more extensive brake service is needed, you can replace the pads at home if you have the right tools and confidence.
8. Fuel Filter Replacement
A new fuel filter can protect your engine from costly repairs down the road, so it’s a good idea to replace this every year. As with the brake pads, if you’re not a seasoned DIY mechanic, it’s best to leave this job to the pros.
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