Car maintenance tips for beginners

Ever feel like you don’t know the first thing about car maintenance? You’re not alone! A pretty significant number of drivers don’t know how to tackle some of the most basic tasks like changing a tyre, checking their pressure or adding engine oil.
Fortunately, if you fall into this bracket you don’t need to suffer any longer. In fact, all you’ll have to do is give this post the once over and you needn’t suffer any more embarrassment!

Changing a tyre

If you suffer a flat on the road, you’ll need to know how to change your tyre. While it’s not a walk in the park the first time, it is easy enough to do if you’ve got the knowledge.

Firstly, you’ll need to stabilise your car that means ensuring it is on even ground. Next up, you’ll need to place blocks in front of and behind the wheel diagonally opposite the one you’re changing.

You’ll probably have noticed the spare tyre in your boot at one point now’s the time to remove it.

Turn your focus to the flat, and use a wheel wrench to loosen all the wheel nuts half a turn each. Now, find the jacking point nearest the wheel, and place a jack under it, before turning the jack handle clockwise until the tyre is off the ground (ensuring the car is stable). Now you’ll be able to remove the wheel nuts completely, and take the tyre off.

Put on the spare wheel now, and tighten the wheel nuts with your fingers until it’s relatively secure, before tightening further with the wheel wrench.

Lower the car back to the ground by turning the jack handle anti-clockwise, then ensure everything’s stable, before placing the old tyre where the spare was and securing it with the wing bolt.

See, not so scary!

Adding engine oil

If your car’s electrics have indicated that you need to add more engine oil, then don’t fret, it’s not a difficult task. You’ll need to pick some up from a local garage or supermarket first though so consult your vehicle’s handbook to ensure you buy the right kind before adding.

From there, you’ll need to securely open your vehicle’s hood to find the screw cap you’ll need to open to add oil. Consult your handbook for information on what this’ll look like in your own vehicle (in most cases it’ll have a watering can on it, or will actually read OIL).

Unscrew this cap, then add your quart of engine oil. You can use a funnel to avoid mess if you like, but if you spill a little then it’s not the end of the world, simply wipe it up before you start the car.

And that’s that! Just be sure to replace the cap – failure to do so can result in the engine catching fire.

Tyre Pressure

Finally, let’s look at checking your tyre pressure.

The first thing you’ll need to do is find the correct pressure rating for your vehicle this’ll usually be printed on the inside ledge of your driver’s door.

From there, you’ll need to find an accurate pressure gauge you affix this to your tyre by removing the dust cap from it and placing the nozzle on. If the reading indicates that there isn’t enough pressure, then you’ll need to add some using an air pump. At the opposite end of the scale, if the tyre is overinflated then allow some air to escape while the dust cap’s off.

After you’ve reached an optimum level of pressure, simply replace the dust cap and repeat this process with your other three wheels.
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