Cars are a bit of a mystery to those who are under 30, but there was a time when a car was a true beast, and sometimes you needed to abuse her a little to get the most out of an engine. Born out of the backyard garages, these handy old school car repair tricks can help you save money, and get your car back on the road in no time. Just remember, some of these will take a little elbow grease, but it will be worth it in the end.
Prematurely busted breaks are easily preventable
We all have been in a position where you need to hit the brakes hard, and as breaks start to where you will need to replace the rotors and the pads. However, there are some easy steps to prevent your brakes from wearing quickly and will allow you and your car to be on better terms. First, you should utilize two second breaking periods at high speeds to avoid riding the breaks until you are below thirty-five miles per hour. This will allow your breaks to have a bit of a break, and prevent the wear and tear that happens when you ride them. The two second on/off approach is perfect for those who are taking an off-ramp or coming up to traffic, and unless you are made of money, might be worth starting to utilize.
If you love it…. Lube it
Your car is a mechanical beast that sometimes needs a little tender loving care. If you want to avoid having to call a tow truck, you will need to grease and lube up your car after owning it for a few years. Make sure to focus on the often forgotten parts of your car including the door locks, hinges, props, and latches. Plus, this will allow you to get in the mood to always lube up your vehicle as a step in preventative maintenance, which is never a bad thing!
Aligning your wheels with string!
For those who like to swap out tires over the seasons, you will know the pains of trying to figure out your alignment. The worst part is, we can’t all afford those electronic alignment machines, and instead are stuck heading to the shop. But what if we told you could skip the shop, with only a piece of string, some jack stands, a tape measure and plumb bob. The technique is pretty easy and can be utilized by anyone who can do basic math. Check out some YouTube instructional videos, and align your wheels with the simplest of tools. Who does not love that?
Brake Fluid change
Much like an oil change, brake fluid occasionally needs to be looked at. Brake fluid is not a clean fluid, and the system needs to be drained and refilled occasionally. Let the calliper bleeder screws open up, and drain until the fluid runs clean. As long as reservoir up top is topped up, you will be in good hands.