Car maintenance can seem like a hassle sometimes. You have to take a chunk out of your day to bring your vehicle in, and even though we try to get you back on the road as quickly as possible, it’s still time in your day that we’re sure you’d like to use for other things. That’s why our Orlando Toyota service techs have taken a few minutes to put together a list of four DIY car maintenance projects that you can tackle at home to save time. Let’s get started!
What DIY car maintenance will you tackle this weekend?
DIY project #1: Windshield wipers. It’s easy and quick to change your own wipers; we offer them at affordable prices at our Orlando Toyota parts store, and you can replace them at home. You simply life the blades, pull the old ones off, and slide the new ones on. Be sure not to bend anything when you’re removing or replacing blades, and be sure the new ones lie flush against your windshield before putting them to use!
DIY project #2: Battery care. This type of car maintenance may seem a little daunting, but it’s pretty easy to care for your car battery at home! Our Orlando auto service techs recommend checking the part over for any signs of swelling, leaks, or rusting. You can also clean the posts; remove the battery terminals from the posts and use a professional cleaning product from an auto parts store to get them clean (residue can prevent your car from starting!). Use a wire brush and be sure to rinse away any leftover residue before replacing the terminals.
DIY project #3: Air filter. Did you know you need a new air filter every year or so? It’s recommended that you seek this Orlando car maintenance every 12,000 miles or so to ensure your car is running in top notch condition. All you have to do is locate the air filter under the hood – your owner’s manual can tell you where to look and what to look for. Pop the old one out and put a new one in, making sure it’s facing the same direction. Another tip? Use compressed air to blow the filter clean routinely to extend its life.
DIY project #4: Coolant check. It’s simple to check the coolant in your car – look for the plastic reservoir with the green or blue stuff, basically! You should check the level and if it seems low according to the tic marks on the reservoir, top it off! Coolant is essential for your car’s performance, especially here in Central Florida where we face some pretty hot temps during the summer.
Toyota of Orlando can get you the supplies you need at an affordable price!
Want to get more info on these DIY car maintenance projects, or need affordable car parts? Call (866) 945-0493 today to talk to one of our techs. We’re open seven days a week with the longest service hours in Central Florida!