Easy at-home auto maintenance

We’re not the only ones spending a lot more time at home – our cars are too. But while you’re not driving as much as usual, there’s no reason you can’t still offer your four wheels a little tender love and care.


Here are just a few repairs you can do yourself from the comfort of your own garage or driveway:


1.     Replace the blades: This is an easy one – if your wiper blades aren’t cleanly whisking away the rain from your windshield or leaving a watery film, it’s time for new ones. Economy blades will be cheaper but a high-quality brand will wipe better and last longer.


2.     Replace the air filter: Unclip or unscrew the air filter box retailers and remove the filter. Hold it up to a bright light – if the filter blocks about half the light or more, it’s time for a new one, Here’s how to change it.


3.     Patch up a leaky sunroof: Sunroofs can be notorious for leaking after a few years but it’s usually pretty easy to repair. Open the sunroof and find the drain holes in the front and back corners, then duct tape a small tube to your vacuum to suck out debris hiding in the drains. You’ll want to then drip some water into the drains and see if it’s draining under the car.


4.     Brush out air vents: Dust has a nasty habit of accumulating in the louvers that deliver warm or cool air into your car. The most effective way to clean them is to use a small paintbrush, lightly dipped in furniture polish – the dust will stick to the brush as you wipe. Wipe down the brush and repeat for each vent.


5.     Vacuum: Coins aren’t the only things that fall underneath your car seats. From dried out French fries to leaves and pens, the longer you own your car, the more stuff ends up down there. Slide the seats forward and back, remove the floor mats and let your vacuum cleaner do its job.


For a ton of other helpful car maintenance tips you can do at home, click here.


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