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Published on July 25th, 2017 | by Guest

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Top car tuning maintenance tips you can handle yourself

A car is a very complex beast and it’s understandable how every driver would struggle with one part of its “anatomy” or another. There’s no shame in not knowing everything especially when the total amount of knowledge you have to cover is so vast. You might not know what is a camshaft or how to install one, but there are still a lot of things that you can do to improve the aesthetics and functionality of your vehicle on a regular basis. The difference between this guide and other sources like YouTube or Wikipedia is that we like to keep it short, straight to the point. If you’re interested in some of the more basic tune-up routines you can perform without any additional help, you’ve come to the right place. Check out these tips on how to get the job done and you’ll have a much easier time around your car.

Changing the air filter

This is a task that you can’t really escape as air filters need to be changed every once in a while. To be more precise, you should be in need of a new air filter every year or so. If you want to measure it in miles, every 12000 should mean a new filter.

  • First things first, make sure that you know where your car filter is under the hood
  • Once you got that right, open the filter casing and take not of which way it’s facing within the casing
  • Take it out and replace it with a brand new filter that stands in the exactly same position as the old one
  • Finish the job by closing the air filter casing with the metal clips before you let down the hood

Spark plugs

Spark plugs will last you as long as 30000 miles which is great, but they will still need replacement sooner or later. When you finally start the job, keep in mind that you need to be patient or else you might not get everything right in the necessary precise order.

  • Determine how many plugs your car has based on its cylinder number
  • Remove only the first plug from its rubbery wire without touching the rest, so you remember the crucial order in which they were mounted
  • Put in the new plug by hand, and only using a tool to tighten it at the end, but don’t overdo it
  • Continue doing this for the rest of the plugs, one at a time to maintain the order

Wiper blades replacement

This is another component of your car that will need regular replacement. It will last you a bit longer than the air filter but not by much. It can also last you a lot less than that, if you don’t tend to them properly. That being said, let’s see how you can manage the replacement.

  • Remove the old blades by pulling them upward first, as if you were getting them out of the way so you can wash the windshield
  • Make sure that you remember how they connect to the metal arms, and replace them with the new blades
  • Make sure that you handle them gently and that you don’t damage your windshield or even break the blades
  • Look for the underside tab which you can push to remove the old wiper blades
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