In order to maintain the value of your car, you need to always take care of it, which to some people means never-ending visits and stops at the mechanic shop.
Good news; there are many car repairs that you can handle yourself that will keep your car in good shape and you won’t need to seek any professional help or take a hundred trips to the mechanic shop.
Read on to learn about some easy DIY car maintenance tasks.
Replace Wiper Blades
You’ll definitely know when your wiper blades need replacing. You’ll press the washer button but your blades will let you down and squeak, streak, smear, or leave chunks of unwiped areas.
Well, you can solve this annoying problem and maintain a clean windshield by going to a close auto parts store and buy any blades that you want.
You can go for cheap, economy blades that do the purpose, or you can invest in name-brand ones that wipe better, last longer, and have good UV protection.
For installation instructions, follow the steps on the package in order and carefully so you don’t cause any damage to the windshield.
Touch Up Chipped Paint
Your car is always exposed to many external elements like UV rays, bird droppings, moisture, etc. that cause the paint to gradually lose its quality and chip away.
Don’t worry when this happens to you, it’s an easy fix but you must take it seriously before they expose your car’s metal to rust and corrosion.
What you need to do is hop in your chipped car, grab touch-up paint, fine tip paint applicator, wax, and grease remover from the closest auto parts store to you.
Use the wax and grease remover to clean the chip then wait until it dries. After that, dip the applicator into the paint just enough and dab it carefully onto the chip so you don’t drip the paint around.
30 days after you’ve applied the paint, you should apply wax to the same spot as well.
Vacuum Like You Mean It
Just so you know, the nooks and crannies of your car are all probably full of food crumbs and dirt build-up over time. So, to reduce the possibility of mold growth inside your car, you need to regularly vacuum the carpets, seats, and surfaces.
Remove the mats to vacuum the carpet and attach a brush for the dash and door panels.
You’ll be surprised with the treasures you’ll find hidden in such weird places by accident.
Clean Your Headlights
You will need super clean headlights to drive safely at night. Dirty headlights can make everything harder and even more dangerous.
Use car wash soap and water to wash your headlights then leave them to dry. Some people find it very effective to mix white vinegar with baking soda and rub it onto the headlights using a microfiber cleaning cloth. After a few minutes, you can rinse your headlights with water and let them dry. You can repeat this process a couple of times until your headlights are super clean, making sure to rinse them after each application of the mix.
Change Your Coolant
Your engine coolant is the liquid that prevents your car from overheating and over time, it gradually loses its lubricating and anti-corrosive properties. The recommended intervals to change your engine coolant vary a lot so it is better that you check the maintenance schedule which can be found in your owner’s manual. But as a rule of them, it is usually recommended that you do so every 25,000 miles or approximately, every 5 oil changes.
All you’ll need is an air compressor, hose, socket, screwdriver, and a wrench.
Before you do anything or even think about opening the hood, make sure that the engine is cool enough at first then you can get to work.
To sell any car in Dubai and get a good price for it, it needs to be in a good shape. We know that car maintenance can get really expensive, especially if you want to stay on top of everything. This is why learning these simple DIY maintenance tips will save you a lot of costs and only take you a few minutes.
Next time, when you’re in a situation that your car needs one of these repairs, pull your toolbox and get going!
Author: Sultan Asad from We Buy Cars DXB