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It’s hard to believe that I’ve made it this far in life without any idea of how some things work in my car. If a little light goes on, half the time I don’t even know what the light means. I’m a very capable girl, but there are some serious limitations when it comes to my car maintenance skills.
This fall I’ve decided to take things into my own hands, and learn how to do some simple maintenance tasks on my car that every person needs to know. Are you ready to get familiar with the basics? And yes, they are basics!
1. Washer Fluid
This is one of the symbols I can actually recognize when it lights up. When I am low or out of washer fluid, in the past I have told my hubby and asked him to fill it up for me! Finally, I asked for some help.
First of all pop the hood (in my husband’s car this release button was just below his door) and then grab your washer fluid. Luckily you can pick this stuff up at most major stores, and gas stations when you are in more of an emergency!
The cap in my husband’s car for washer fluid was blue, and the symbol matched the flashing icon inside the car.
So easy – just fill it up! Ok this was the most embarrassing one for me – I can’t believe how easy this was!
2. Tire Pressure
I never think about my tires. Some car’s do have an indicator if the tire pressure is low, and some do not. My SUV actually has photo that pops up on the navigation screen letting me know, but otherwise how would you ever know? My husband can tell on sight (I’m always surprised by this!), but otherwise he showed me how to use a tire pressure gauge.
Check the inside of your driver’s side door for what pressure your tires should actually be. I had no idea about this sticker at all! His tires should be at 30 PSI.
All I needed to do was unscrew the air cap on the tire and then press the gauge into the slot. It immediately told me he his tires were at 30 PSI (of course, because he’s really into his tire pressure!).
3. Checking your Oil Level
When that little oil light goes on, it normally means I need an oil change or at least an oil top up.
Instead of calling my husband, I learned how to check my oil level. I looked under the hood and pulled out the oil dipstick which looked like an orange tab.
I pulled it out, wiped the dipstick off, and then put it back into the tube. I removed it again, and checked the oil level. If it needed topping up, I could then remove the oil cap and add oil as needed.
4. Changing the Cabin Air Filter and Engine Filter
I actually didn’t even know that these needed to be changed! Wait, I actually didn’t even know that cars had them. You learn something every day I guess! Well they do exist, and they need to be changed!
Why do they need to be changed? A cabin air filter actually cleans the air entering your vehicles interior of all kinds of things like dust, dirt, and allergens. If the filter becomes clogged, fresh air will be blocked and it can even cause your air conditioning and defrost system to work less efficiently.
I headed over to Canadian Tire, and I purchased a FRAM Fresh Breeze® Cabin Air Filter, and a FRAM Engine Filter. FRAM recommends that you change your cabin air filter annually or ever 24,000km so we were overdue!
Again, I couldn’t believe how easy this actually was!
First I needed to find where the cabin air filter was stored – in my husband’s car it was behind the glove compartment.
There was a little face plate I needed to remove by pressing the sides of it.
Next I pulled out the old cabin air filter – wow it really needed to be changed!
Next up I had the new cabin air filter ready to insert. It had directions on the side which said which side was up.
All I needed to do was slot it in, add the face plate back in, and voila! I changed a cabin air filter. It took less than 10 minutes.
FRAM recommends changing your air filter and cabin air filter at the same time. We did that as well, but I had my husband handle that task. FRAM Fresh Breeze® Cabin air filters can remove up to 98% of dirt, dust and allergens passing through your vehicles air condition and heating ventilation system, and they are the only cabin air filter that uses the natural deodorizing qualities of Arm & Hammer® baking soda and activated carbon to absorb and eliminate odors. Check out other tips and tricks for changing out your filters here!
Well, are you ready for fall with some of these car maintenance tips? What car maintenance tip are you wanting to learn more about? I still have a few more tasks I don’t understand like how to change my windshield wipers. I let you know if I learn and I’ll do another tutorial!
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