Things To Do When Servicing Your Own Vehicle

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Many people have, through experience, built up the skills over time to enable them to properly service a vehicle. This can be a valuable experience to have, as it can save you money when the time comes to change and check a few things on the vehicle. This article may be of use to those who wish to start performing basic checks and repairs to their vehicle, but lack the experience. The article details the parts of the vehicle to check, rather than how to actually change them.

Basic Check

An inspection of your vehicle should be made regularly, every several thousand miles. A basic service should include the following:

  • An oil change
  • A change of spark plugs
  • Change of air filter
  • A coolant check or top up
  • Windshield wash liquid level
  • Tires for tread and damage to the tire walls
  • All hazards and lights work properly


In order to help you to properly change the oil and spark plugs, you should have some tools and replacement equipment ready. Tools such as a spark plug remover, or a sump remover can help you to get the job done quickly and without fuss. You will also need a screwdriver for removing the air filter cap, a tire tread measuring device and a suitable container to collect the old oil.

Quick Checks

It doesn't take much time to activate all of the lights and check that they are working, or to visually check the levels of coolant or windshield liquid. Get these quick checks out of the way first, and remember to check the tires now as well, as this is just a quick check with the tread measurer and a visual inspection of the condition of the tires.

Air Filter And Spark Plugs

Next, change the air filter and spark plugs. The air filter is very simple, it is just a matter of removing the cap and replacing the filter. With the spark plug removal tool, it only takes a few minutes to extract and replace the plugs with new ones you have ready to install.

Oil Change

Perhaps the most difficult part of a vehicle service for inexperienced DIY enthusiasts is the oil change. It usually takes around twenty minutes to fully drain from the engine. When filling back up with new oil, monitor the level in the engine by using the dipstick. Stop once filling once you approach the 'minimum' level, and turn the vehicle on for around ten minutes; this allows the oil to coat the engine. Then, recheck the oil level, and slowly fill with oil to the 'maximum' level.

After performing a couple of home services, a person can build up their DIY skills and confidence. For more information, contact ALS Automotive.


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