Car Maintenance Toolkit
Drivers wants their car to perform at its best for an extended period of time. That typically requires a certain amount of preparation and vehicle maintenance to help keep all the systems of a car working properly. Knowing exactly what to do and when to do it can be difficult and even confusing. This collection of resources below provides some helpful tips about how to handle the most common maintenance tasks that can help keep your vehicle running smoothly.
Preparation and Education
Before you take your vehicle out for a drive, you may want to consider some simple preparation to help keep you safe on the road and ready for the unexpected.
Moms and dads know that a properly stocked emergency kit in the car can mean the difference between a minor inconvenience and full-blown frustration. Check out some options for customizing your own car emergency kit.
Mistakes happen. Headlights might be left on or a door is left ajar, allowing the dome light to remain on for a long time. The result: a dead battery and a car that won’t start. But you’re not necessarily stranded. Here’s what you need to know to jump-start a car.
Chances are, you don’t have all the specialty tools available to a mechanic. Knowing that, Eric the Car Guy provides a list of must-have tools that every car owner might need in order to properly service their vehicles.
While you don’t need to know your car as well as a mechanic, it can be helpful to know some of the basic vehicle terminology. This infographic can help get you started with some important auto terms — from A to Z.
When the temperatures change and winter sets in, your car may need a little cold-weather TLC. Consider these simple tips to help keep your vehicle performing well as the mercury dips.
Maintenance and Performance Improvement
In order to help keep your vehicle running safely and smoothly, a certain amount of maintenance and upkeep is required. More than that, some simple do-it-yourself tasks may even improve your car’s performance.
Maintenance is important, but what about vehicles you only use once in a while or that are in storage part of the year? Before storing your vehicle, remember these car maintenance tips.
You might think of your car as something that gets you from point A to point B, but maybe it’s getting older and you’d like to update it. Fortunately, there are some simple ways you can upgrade your car without spending a ton. Check out these do-it-yourself tips for how to make your car feel newer, inside and out.
Your car gets you where you want to go, but is it performing up to its capabilities? There are a few simple things you can do to help enhance its daily performance.
The average age of cars on the road increased to 11.4 years as of 2013, and it’s important to pay proper attention to the upkeep of these older vehicles. Check out these simple maintenance tips that can help keep your older vehicle in working order.
If you like to work on your vehicle, you’ve probably made some simple mistakes here and there. Auto maintenance and repair specialist The Humble Mechanic gives his tips for avoiding seven common pitfalls to help you get the most from your maintenance efforts.
Older cars, even those with nearly 200,000 miles on the odometer, can be reliable and safe with the help of a little work and preventive maintenance. Consider a few tips to help make your older vehicle perform optimally.
What does the little “check engine” light on your dashboard mean? Should you stop driving immediately? Can you drive to a repair shop? Do you need a tow truck? The Humble Mechanic explains what it could mean and what actions you can take.
Often overlooked, tires are a key part of your vehicle’s performance. They connect your car to the road and can play an important part in auto safety. Knowing when and how to take care of your tires can help you make the most of your driving experience.
If your car needs new tires, purchasing four tires at once is the ideal, but tires can be expensive and sometimes, two will do. No matter if your vehicle is front-, rear-, or all-wheel-drive, a pickup, a sporty car, or an SUV: If you buy only two new tires, you should put them on the back, according to automotive journalism Mac Demere.
If you must buy used tires for your vehicle, consider this: tires can degrade and weaken even if they haven’t gone very far or done much. A tire begins to diminish the moment it leaves the assembly line. Consider these tips for identifying old or worn tires.
Don’t ignore warning lights on your car’s dashboard. These lights help alert you when some aspect of your vehicle needs attention, typically in an attempt to protect the vehicle and/or its passengers. But what about the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) light?
Winter tires are specifically designed to grip the surface of the road — including compact snow and ice — with more surface area, allowing for better traction, acceleration, stopping and steering compared to non-winter tires. What about snow tires? All-weather tires? Which ones are right for you?
Upkeep: Inside and Out
Taking proper care of your car means more than doing the required repairs. Some drivers may want to put a little effort into the upkeep of the exterior and interior of their favorite vehicle.
Cars have so many moving parts that require regular tuning, lubrication and replacement, that a strange noise can be seen as an early attempt by your vehicle to tell you that something is wrong. Check out a few common noises and possible causes.
If you don’t have the time, space or equipment to wash your car, or if you’re just not into turning your driveway into a DIY car wash, there are several different kinds of car wash services to choose from. Which type of wash is right for you and your car?
What kind of oil does your vehicle need? If you lost your owner’s manual or don’t have an expert on call, there are several factors you can consider when choosing your motor oil. Here are some tips for your vehicle.
A hot, stuffy car can be a common side effect of warm summer weather. But there are plenty of simple things you can do to help maintain a cooler vehicle on those hot and humid summer days.
Pumping gas can seem mundane, but this errand may come with some potential for mishaps if done incorrectly. The Humble Mechanic shares his top five tips for being safe while filling your car’s gas tank.
Today’s gas pumps can be confusing. Gasoline comes in five or more varieties, and there’s also diesel. If you add the wrong fuel, the results may range from no problems to a potentially ruined engine.
A chipped or cracked windshield can be dangerous, but should you repair or replace it? Check out these tips for when and how to make repairs.