11. What Your Service Needed Warning Light Means

Ericpeters Auto

Ericpeters Auto

The warning light on your car actually tells you when you need service, and how serious you need actually is. Most of the time this light will come on when you start your car, but it will fade within 2-3 seconds, if it stays around for 10 seconds you will need to take your car in within 500 miles. If it stays on for longer, you likely need to take your car in to be serviced right away.

10. Mark Nuts And Bolts

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Pixabay

Even if you are just changing out a tire, mark all of your nuts, bolts, and screwed before removing them from your car. Take a picture of the marked setup, and be prepared to use it for reference. Actually knowing where everything goes when you are putting any part back together can save you time and money.

9. Most Manuals Are Online

Tesla Motors Club

Tesla Motors Club

Most repairs are pretty simple, and the information about how to do them is likely in your manual. If you have lost your manual, you don’t have to buy a new one or rely on a mechanic, just google it. Most mechanics actually google the manuals or look them up online as it ensures that they get your repair right in the first place.

8. Penny Test Your Tread

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Alfaimg

Use a penny to test the tread on your tires, and never worry about being swindled again. Stick a penny into the tread on your tires, and use them to measure when you need to change them out. If the tread is shorter than Lincoln’s head, upside down on the penny, you need new tires.

7. Your Fuel Filter Is Important

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Flickr

Most people don’t even know where their fuel filter is, but it is one of the most important parts on your car. Replacing this filter is relatively inexpensive, and it can save you from a ton of problems down the line. Most fuel related problems actually stem from a nasty filter, so save yourself money and add this onto your normal maintenance.

6. Coke Cleans Corroded Connectors

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Img Arcade

Coca Cola will clean out corroded conductors, leaving you with working parts of your car. This is more commonly used on batteries, but has applications in other areas. Use a rag to apply the coke, and pull it off quickly so that it doesn’t eat through.

5. Change Your Transmission Fluid

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Article WN

Your transmission fluid needs to be changed every 25,000 miles, even if there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with it. Simply mark down the number, and go in for a flush when you reach the next number. Doing this will keep your car in good working condition and prevents buildup that can cause a number of other issues.

4. Your Oil Cap Tells You The Type Of Oil You Need

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Carglass NL

People commonly say that they have no idea about the kind of oil that they need, but their car actually has that information right where they can see it. Simply look at the oil cap and it will tell you the type, and usually how much oil as well. This simple tip can save you tons and allow you to do an oil change by yourself.

3. Unplug Everything Before You Exit

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Getdatgadget

It’s tempting to leave your car electronics plugged in, but unplugging them may save your battery. Just like items plugged in within your house will drain power, the items in your car will as well. This is why many people get flat batteries, even if they close all their doors and the car seemed fine the day before.

2. Don’t Over Pump Your Gas

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Pixabay

Everyone loves rounding out their gas to that perfect number, but it’s a habit that can actually damage your car. Putting too much gas in can cause the sensors to malfunction or may even break the fuel tank. Listen to the gas pump and forget about getting the perfect number in gas.

1. Your Tire Tells You Everything

Tires On The Go

Tires On The Go

Your tire holds a huge amount of information, from the amount of pressure it needs, to when it should be changed. This makes it easy to find a replacement, and with the aid of the internet, makes it easy to find similar tires as well. This can be a great way to save on tires and not get suckered into brand name loyalty.

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