Drivers can save money by learning how to keep their own car running smoothly. They also can discover an enjoyable pastime that lasts for years. There’s no better time than now to learn how to change oil and perform other basic maintenance tasks. Begin learning with the suggestions listed here.
Read the manual
Automobile owner’s manuals provide a good place to start learning how to do basic vehicle maintenance. These books document standard maintenance intervals that teach owners when to perform various tasks. They also show how to change light bulbs, check fluids, change tires, and perform other basic maintenance.
As an essential foundation for learning, owner’s manuals open the door to a do-it-yourself auto maintenance career.
After mastering the information in the owner’s manual, drivers can advance to third-party manuals such as the ones found at auto supply shops. Drivers also can use library materials to help them learn maintenance procedures. General guides that apply to all cars and manuals for specific models found at the library can help drivers learn without spending any money.
Third-party resources like those at the auto store and the library provide more detail about basic maintenance and repair procedures than typical owner’s manuals and guide drivers into procedures that owner’s manuals usually don’t discuss.
Drivers who want to learn how to do basic maintenance on their car also can turn to the Internet which has plenty of websites that explain basic auto maintenance procedures.
Also online, user groups and forums devoted to certain brands and models provide valuable community support from car owners with maintenance experience. Drivers can learn a lot from online materials, especially in cases where real life doesn’t match their manual.
Local community and technical colleges often have classes that teach automotive maintenance. These courses usually take a few hours or longer and give drivers the opportunity to learn from experienced instructors. Car owners should contact area schools to check on opportunities in their area.
Some drivers can learn basic vehicle maintenance by watching someone else do it. This method works well if they have a friend or relative who works on cars. Most garages relegate customers to the waiting room for insurance purposes, but sometimes drivers can take a peek at what the mechanic is doing and ask relevant questions.
Many local radio stations host automotive talk shows on the weekend. These are important because drivers can call-in and talk to experienced mechanics and ask them questions about automotive maintenance issues. Also, the questions other people ask on the show help provide valuable lessons.
When learning how to keep your car running smoothly, you should start with the owner’s manual and then continue with other learning opportunities that match your preferences. After learning basic maintenance techniques, an endless world of opportunities await those who want to learn more.