Owning a car is an important responsibility, but you might not always have the money to keep up with professional maintenance. There are several basic things you can do to maintain your car without breaking the bank.
Inspect your car regularly
It’s fairly easy to check when your tires are low, when the oil is low or needs to be changed, and when you need to add more wiper fluid. Regularly inspect your car for these minor problems so you can fix them before you’d have to pay for damages they might cause to your car. If you check your tire air pressure regularly, you won’t have to worry about getting a flat. If you check your oil regularly, it’s better for your engine. If you change your own oil, it’s far cheaper. Keeping a check on your car can not only help it live a longer and happier life, but also prevent worse problems down the road, saving you money.
Replace your windshield wipers
If you notice your windshield getting streaky when you use your wipers, it’s probably time to change them. Wiper blades, themselves, are inexpensive and it’s fairly easy to learn how to replace them. There’s no reason to waste that money or spend time on the road with poor visibility.
Don’t let your oil run low
Letting your oil run low or, worse, completely out, can be extremely detrimental to your car. Oil is needed to lubricate various parts of the engine and keep everything running smoothly. If you let it get too low, you may start hearing a grinding sound because your car is getting friction where it really doesn’t need any.
Keep air in your tires
It’s important to keep check on the air pressure in your tires. Few things are more annoying than getting stuck with a flat tire when you’re running late. Save yourself that hassle as best as possible. Sure, there will still be times that you, unfortunately, drive over a loose screw or something of the sort and puncture your tires, but maintaining their air pressure can limit your run-ins with flat tires to only those rare, accidental occurrences.
Replace the air filter in your cabin
While replacing the engine’s air filter can be much trickier, the cabin air filter should be pretty easy to figure out. This won’t necessarily improve how your car runs, however, it keeps the cabin fit with a pleasant atmosphere and if you can do it yourself, it’s much cheaper.
Performing maintenance on your car is a must, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. There are several basic things you can do to keep your car up to snuff without having to spend all your hard-earned money on it. Don’t let your car suffer because you’re waiting on the next pay check to go to the mechanic, maintain it yourself and cut out the service fee.