Four Simple Auto Maintenance Jobs that Anyone Can Do!

October 16, 2012 / by / 1 Comment

Owning a car or truck will require some work on your part. You can’t simply fill the gas tank and drive all the time. There will be times when things need to be replaced. Some parts in your car or truck get more use than others. After all, these parts are not made to last forever. They must be changed on a regular basis. Some of these parts are crucial to keeping your car in tip-top shape, and others are there for safety reasons. There are several parts that anyone can replace on their own. You don’t have to be a mechanic to handle some of these replacements, and in most cases, you will not need any special tools either. Here are four common auto maintenance jobs that anyone can do.

Replacing the Windshield Wipers

This is one replacement part that you may never notice needs replacement until you need it the most. Having a good set of windshield wipers is not only a safety concern for yourself, but for every other driver on the road as well. If you can’t see through your windshield when the rain is pouring down, then there is going to be trouble. As soon as you notice that your windshield wipers are no longer doing a great job, it is time to replace them.

Not all windshield wipers are equal. The process for changing your windshield wiper blades can be completely different depending on the type of vehicle you own. You should have no problems finding an online guide for your particular vehicle’s windshield wipers.

Replacing the Air Filter

This has to be one of the easiest replacement jobs on any vehicle. There are many benefits to replacing the air filter in your vehicle. An old air filter can rob your car of power, for one. Your car needs air to run, and a clogged air filter robs your car of this air. Replacing your air filter regularly can keep your car running at maximum power, and it can increase your vehicle’s gas mileage.

It is possible you will not be able to find an air filter at your local department store and you may need to look online. Try an online auto parts store, like

Removing the air filter is simple. Most vehicles have one wing nut that holds the air filter cover in place. You can loosen this nut by hand. Pull out the old air filter, and replace it with a new one. It’s that simple.

Replacing the Spark Plug Wires

This is one job that may be simple, or it could be difficult; it really depends on your vehicle. On some vehicles, all of the spark plug wires are easily accessible. On others, you may not be so lucky. Before you attempt this simple repair job, make sure that you have access to all of the spark plug cables. If you do, then this is a relatively basic repair job that can give your engine the extra jolt it needs.

Bad spark plug wires can cause all sorts of problems, some of which can be expensive. Replacing your spark plug wires on a regular basis is a good preventative step. Think of this simple job as extra insurance for your vehicle.

Replacing a Headlight

This is yet another simple repair job that anyone can handle. The problem with headlights is this: most people never even know that they have a burnt-out headlight until a police officer tells them by handing them a sizeable traffic ticket. This is because driving with a blown headlight is against the law. If you are currently driving with one, it will not be long before you get a ticket. Headlights not only allow you to see where you are going, but they also make it easier for everyone else on the road to see you coming.

Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, this could be as simple as replacing a light bulb. The difficult part is locating the right replacement bulb. An online auto parts warehouse will be able to help you find the right bulb for your vehicle.

With these four simple repairs, you’ll be on your way to keeping your investment running safely and efficiently for years to come.

Author Bio: Mark Stanley is a contributing author who restores old vehicles to auction at car shows. He puts a lot of pride into his work, and he has restored (and sold!) over 50 automobiles.

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  1. Yuri G

    I didn’t even consider replacing my headlight the last time it went out. Now, I cringe when I realize all that money I could have saved.

    Oct.18.2012 at 6:02 pm
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