It is time to pull the cover off the grill, put away the winter coats, start your spring cleaning and get ready for warmer weather. But what about your vehicle? Many people do not realize it is just as important to get your vehicle ready for spring as it is everything else! It makes no difference if you are a car care or repair novice, or do-it-yourself professional, there is a range of things you can do to your vehicle to save money and plenty of opportunities to learn how to take your car matters into you own hands.
Do-It-Yourself or Leave it to a Pro?
Every person has a different comfort level when it comes to maintenance and repairs on their vehicle. By performing routine maintenance and repairs yourself, you can potentially save hundreds of dollars in labor and parts costs. Even if you are only comfortable filling the tank and checking the oil, you can still save money on your automotive maintenance and repairs by purchasing your parts online. The one thing every vehicle owner has in common is the desire to save money.
For those wanting to learn to do their maintenance or repairs, a quick visit to YouTube can provide you with millions of videos on car repair, from people just like yourself. Performing your own car repair and maintenance will save you money while also giving you a sense of accomplishment knowing that you do not have to take you car to an expensive repair shop every time it needs something.
Spring Cleaning for Your Car
Spring cleaning your home gets rid of all the built-up dust from the winter and clears the air, and spring-cleaning do exactly the same thing. Replacing your air filter can improve the performance of your vehicle by providing the maximum amount of clean air your engine needs to perform at its best. Changing an engine air filter takes only a few minutes and can help you save money every time you fill up.
Many of today’s newer cars also have cabin air filters, which clean the air that is circulating within your vehicle. Closed windows and recirculating air during the winter months can fill up these filters quickly and decrease the performance of your air circulation. While some cabin air filters may be harder to access, consult you owner’s manual, Google or even YouTube to find where they are located in your specific vehicle. It is also a good idea to vacuum and dust the inside of you car, truck or SUV before you install the new cabin air filters to ensure that they get a clean start.
Maintenance Prevents Costly Repairs
Proper maintenance of your vehicle can save you thousands of dollars over its lifetime. It can also help put more money in your pocket when it is time to trade it in or sell it. While many maintenance tasks require a bit more mechanical inclination than changing a few air filters or installing new windshield wiper blades, many are not as intimidating as one might think, even for the automotive repair novice.
Properly functioning spark plugs and spark plug wires are the difference between healthy fuel economy and being stuck on the side of the road worrying about the expensive repair bill that is going to await you. Checking and, if necessary, replacing spark plugs and wires does require specific tools, but you only have to buy them once. Having a small tool kit is a necessity for every vehicle owner and should be considered a must-have accessory. Whether you buy one already put together or create your personalized toolbox, once you have one, you will wonder how you lived without it.
The cost of maintenance is far less than repairs, especially when you do-it-yourself. Even if you have a do-it-yourselfer friend who can help you out with spark plug and wire changes or replacing brake pads and rotors, chances are that a pizza or burger, no matter how big or how loaded, will cost significantly less than even simple diagnostics at your local auto repair shop. Maintenance also saves you money by making sure your vehicle is functioning as it should, which not only saves on fuel, but saves on wear and tear on larger, more expensive components.
Spring is the Time to Upgrade
Spring is a time for updating and upgrading, whether it is your landscaping, your wardrobe or your vehicle. For those who are a bit more of a gearhead, adding upgrade components like a turbocharger or supercharger can boost your horsepower and performance. While these add-ons require more of an investment in your vehicle, they can significantly increase the fun factor of your daily drive. They are also more complicated to install, so if you do not have the skills or a friend with the skills to install them correctly, paying the labor cost to have them installed at an automotive repair shop is well worth it. Purchasing a supercharger or turbocharger online can save you a significant amount of money as well.
While a turbocharger and a supercharger essentially perform the same function, there will always be a debate as to which one is better, but that is best to be saved for a later discussion. Both a supercharger and turbocharger are forced induction systems, meaning they compress the air that is going into your engine, changing the chemical reaction that takes place in your engine and increasing power. The main difference in the application of the two is that the supercharger requires its own power supply in the form of a belt that powers it off the engine, while a turbocharger gets its power from an exhaust driven turbine.
If you are automotive novice, it is a good idea to research your specific vehicle to see which would benefit it the most as well as visit YouTube and see exactly what both of these add-ons offer you as far as increases in power and performance.
Taking care of your vehicle when the seasons change is just as important as taking care of yourself and you home. Performing your maintenance, repairs, and even upgrades also offers you the opportunity to purchase parts online at a discount and save 100 percent of labor costs. Proper maintenance also keeps your car running like new longer and will help you get more out of it when it is time for something new. Doing it yourself is easier than you thought and well worth the money you can save!