Three Things You Can Probably Change On Your Car

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Anyone who has owned a car for a few years can tell you that the hardest part is keeping up with its required upkeep.  Outside of gas, of course, it seems that every few weeks there is another dipstick, gauge, or other measurement that you need to check to make sure the thing is running at its best. Thankfully, car manufacturers, these days, make vehicles that can pretty much do all their own diagnostics—and insist you get help when necessary—so that you can worry less about the car and focus more on what it can do.

It is also fortunate that many of the maintenance tasks you will come upon are things that you can probably learn to do yourself. This can take some of the mystery out of the maintenance process; not to mention it could save you a little money, too, perhaps.


If you have two hands and decent core strength, you can change a tire.  This is an easy task that should not require any help from a professional. As a matter of fact, the tools you need for changing a tire typically come with every new car.


Spark plugs supply the “spark” that ignites your car’s internal combustion engine.  If you have a loss of power, it might be that you need to replace one or more of these. Most basic cars have four spark plugs (for a 4-cyl engine) but you might have 6 or 8, etc, depending on how many cylinders your engine has.  To check and replace your spark plugs you have to remove them in a specific order (and not every vehicle is the same).


You should change your brake pads maybe once a year, perhaps once every two years if you are lucky (and drive very little).  Changing your brake pads might seem like a complicated and difficult task but it really isn’t.  Yes, you will have to raise your vehicle off the ground to remove the wheels so you can actually get to where the brake pads are located (inside the brakes, obviously) but that’s about it.  You remove the wheels, and then remove the brake calipers and then the brake pads.  Always be careful, though, when installing the new brake pads; make sure they are positioned properly and appropriately lubricated with brake fluid.

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