Car maintenance is highly essential to keep it running more effectively in the long run. If you buy a Honda Brio or any other car at the dealership, the new car look and powerful performance may override your thoughts of its regular maintenance. But, neglecting such a thing can result in a serious underlying issue.
Although new vehicles come with the inbuilt capacity to run for a longer period; however, it consists of certain components that damage over time. Moreover, regular car maintenance not only boosts your car performance but also prevents you from costly repairs. Here are some DIY car maintenance routines favored in 2020.
Cabin air filter change
It consists of the devices that support your car’s air quality, eliminates dust and debris for smooth running of the ventilation system. You can find your car’s air filter through the owner manual provided to you at the purchase time. Once you notice that, start your task by removing clips, screws, and nuts holding the filter. Then, remove the cover and clean the dust and dirt using a cloth. After cleaning the compartment, install a new filter, and tighten the clips and screws. Make sure to wear safety eyeglasses when performing this task.
Fuel injectors cleaning
When you clean your car’s fuel injectors, it offers optimum benefits to your vehicle. Clogged fuel injectors can lower your car’s performance, mileage, and power. You can use a fuel injector cleaning kit that is available online or at any auto parts store. Using this cleaning kit will give you more effective results. First of all, review your owner’s manual to locate fuel injectors and then disconnect the fuel pump and pressure regulator vacuum line if present.
Connect the cleaning kit to your fuel port, and it will eliminate all dust and debris. Make sure to remove the fuel tank cap before cleaning to prevent pressure buildup. Turn off your fuel pump and start the engine to let the cleaning fluid run through your injectors. After 5-10 minutes, remove the cleaning kit and reattach the pump and injectors.
Replace tail light bulb
First, take out your owner’s manual and check the taillight housing to properly carry out this task. Whether you own a Honda Jazz or any other car, you can reach the rear bulbs depending on your car through its panel’s available inside the trunk. Else, you can take the help of the hatch to access the rear bulbs. After opening the taillight housing, take out the bulbs, you can buy similar parts from an auto parts store or online using your vehicle’s model and year. Install the tail light bulbs and put everything in order again.
Check tire pressure
It is advisable to check your car’s tires every month. When your tires are inflated properly, it can carry out its job perfectly and prevent blowout. You can check tire pressure by yourself with the help of a tire gauge. You can find the required tire pressure information on your car’s driver side door frame, or you can locate it on the owner’s manual.
You can get an accurate reading of your car’s tires when they are inflated in cold (run less than a mile). Ensure the valve doesn’t have any cracks at the time of air checking. Put down the gauge’s uncovered end in the valve stem and check for any type of hissing sound as it can be a sign of air escaping. Once done with the process, replace the valve cap.
Change windshield wiper blades
You can easily notice your windshield wiper blades need a change by pressing the washer button and check whether the blades wipe clean. In case the blades streaks and smears, it is high time to make the replacements. The wiper blades wear down over time when they come in contact with rain, dust, debris, and sunlight.
Changing windshield wiper blades is not that difficult; you can do it without requiring any professional assistance. Purchase the accurate blades for your car using its make and model from the auto parts store. Most blades come with installation instructions; check that or else take help of your owner’s manual and replace them.
Check out car’s battery
It is quite simple to maintain your car’s battery; for that, you need to keep the case clean. Excessive oil and dirt can lead to a power drain. You can clean the area using a cloth or paper towels soaked with mild detergent. In case you notice any bumps or cracks, it is a sign of battery replacement.
Look out for posts and terminals, whether having any corrosion or connection damage. Make a solution with 50% water and 50% baking soda for cleaning corrosions. Use a brush to rub excessive buildups and rinse with clean water. Use gloves, eye protection glasses, and clothing during this process because car batteries consist of sulfuric acid.