If you own a car—or have been driving for a significant amount of time—then you probably know it is recommended you have your oil changed about every three months or every 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. Of course, this is a guideline and not necessarily something you must strictly adhere to but, in general, it’s a good idea to follow this to the letter if you want to get the most out of your engine.
Taking your car to a CrossDrilledRotors.ca mechanic four times a year, though, can get expensive. Fortunately, there are many parts in your car that you can change out yourself. While this will take some time to learn and master at first, it could be a rather fun project that will not only save you some money but will give you a better understanding of the finely-tuned machine you rely on every day.
Checking and changing spark plugs is very easy. They are attached to the engine, at the top, connected by thick, rubbery wires. You will have 4, 6, or 8 spark plugs, depending on how many cylinders your engine has. Replacing spark plugs simply involves removing them one at a time and then replacing the old ones with new ones. However, spark plugs are installed in a certain order and you must follow this order for the job to be effective.
This might seem complicated but it really is just a simple sequence of steps. To change your oil and filter, make sure that your engine has properly cooled after driving.
- Lift the car using car jacks and safely secure it.
- Climb under the front end of your vehicle and find the oil pan, removing the drain plug (collecting the old oil to dispose of it properly)
- Once the oil is drained, replace the plug
- Remove and replace the oil filter from the engine
- Lubricate the gasket and fill the new oil filter about two-thirds
- Secure the new oil filter and fill the engine with new oil
Once this is finished simply dispose of the old oil (properly) and you are on your way.
Replacing brake pads might be the most complex of the home auto maintenance operations. It requires a few specialized tools and you must follow a specific set of steps. However, it is not too difficult to learn. You will have to jack up and secure your vehicle and remove the wheels. Then you need to remove the brake calipers and then finally the brake pads. It sounds simple, but take extra care to examine how the calipers and the brake pads are positioned, being equally careful whenever moving or removing a part.