Auto Repair Basics Under the Hood
Basic auto repair and maintenance can be done at home by following the steps in the video. As it is DIY, keep the owner’s manual nearby for easy reference.
Check the different fluids under the hood.
These include power steering fluid, windshield washer fluid, coolant, brake fluid, and oil. Ensure they are above the minimum level and are clean. To locate them, check the owner’s manual.
Ensure the coolant is not oily or cloudy. If the brake fluid needs a refill, open a new bottle as it tends to bad after about three weeks if unused.
Dirty oil may need a change depending on the recommended mileage after which an oil change is due. The air filter will need to be changed if it is dirty. Again, to find it, consult the owner’s manual.
Lubricate the moving parts regularly to prevent squeaking. Generously grease all the latches and hinges under the hood, on the doors, and in the trunk.
Use either a digital or stick pressure gauge to confirm the pressure on the tires. Do this when the tires are cold to get the proper reading.
The wipers need a change at least twice a year, especially after winter.