5 DIY Tricks for Maintaining Your Auto

If you’re a car owner, you’ve probably figured out how expensive it can be to be a driver. From getting your driver’s license, to insuring it and especially, maintaining it. Here is part one of two DIY pics for maintaining your auto, especially during the COVID-19 shelter in place.

1. Change Your Coolant

You have to change your coolant after the first 60,000 miles, then every 30,000 miles If you keep driving on worn coolant, expect to replace the radiator, heater core and water pump.

Here are step-by-step instructions for changing coolant.

 2. Change Your Fluids Regularly

2. Change Your Fluids Regularly

Transfer case fluid and differential oil changes are cheap and easy. Replacing these components will cost you about $1,500 each—a high price to pay for neglect.

Here’s how to check the fluids in your vehicle

 3. Replace the Air Filter Annually

3. Replace the Air Filter Annually

A clogged cabin air filter makes your A/C system overwork and reduces heat in winter. Replace it at least once a year.

Here are step-by-step instructions for replacing a cabin air filter

 4. Test Your Coolant

4. Test Your Coolant

Test your coolant with a voltmeter. Set your digital voltmeter on the lowest DC setting reading and dip the positive probe right into the coolant. Touch the negative probe to the negative battery terminal and rev the engine to 2,000 rpm. If the reading is .4 volts or more, your coolant is toast.

Check out these step-by-step instructions for testing coolant with a multimeter.

 5. Clean Your Headlights

5. Clean Your Headlights

If you have cloudy headlights, you don’t have to replace them or live with them. Buy a headlight restoration kit at any auto parts store ($20) and follow the sanding and buffing instructions.

Here are more tips for cleaning cloudy headlights.

For more ideas, read our recent article “Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Plan for Reopening California Businesses.”

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