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DIY Car Care Tips

Whether you’re trying to save money or simply like working with your hands, taking care of your car is a great way to do both. As long as you know what you’re doing, taking care of routine maintenance is quick and easy. You don’t have to be a Kia mechanic to take care of many small projects. In fact, you don’t have to have much inclination toward cars at all. All you need is a little bit of effort and elbow grease to get the job done. Here are five DIY car care tips that you can do yourself. Should you need help though, feel free to call our helpful staff at the Crown Motor Companys Service Departement at (903)581-7688!

Air Filter

Taking about 10 minutes and $10, changing an air filter is an incredibly simple task. First, find the black box with metal clips that holds the filter. Open the casing and remove the filter, taking note of which way it’s facing. Insert the new filter accordingly and close the metal clips.
 

Wiper Blades

Similar to changing the air filter, wiper blades are cheap and take minutes to replace. Lift the old blades, push the tab on the underside of the wiper, and remove the blades. Attach the new blades and make sure they’re secure.
 

Spark Plugs 

Attached to thick rubber wires, spark plugs come in sets of four, six, and eight for most vehicles as its dependent on how large your engine is. To replace them, start by removing the wires one by one. Use a spark plug socket and extension on a ratchet to remove the plug. Install the new spark plug by hand then tighten it with a wrench. Repeat until all spark plugs have been replaced
 

Oil

To change the oil, wait until the engine is cool then locate the oil pan under the vehicle. Unscrew the drain plug and let the old oil drain into a bucket. Replace the drain plug then remove the old oil filter. Add a light film of new oil to the new filter’s gasket. Screw the new oil filer in by hand then fill the engine with new oil by using a funnel. Check the dipstick to ensure you’ve added the right amount.
 

Battery

Cleaning up a battery is a great way to extend its lifespan. Start by removing the negative cable. Clean the posts with a professional product and scrub with a wire brush. Rinse the fluid with water, dry the posts, and replace the terminals.

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