Your car is like your second home. It’s a small, personalised mobile home that takes place to place. It’s an extension of your personality. Although Motorrep.com is your one-stop solution for all your motor needs that provides you with the best in class services at your doorstep, it’s worthwhile to know a few tips and tricks and hacks to keep your car in shape by yourself. So today, we bring you a variety of “DIY” (DO IT YOURSELF) solutions that’ll help you to maintain (and even customize) your car all by yourself.
Inspect your vehicle on a regular basis:
First and far most- inspect your vehicle on a daily basis. If that’s not possible, inspect it on a weekly basis. Inspection can help you to know your car better and it’d be easy to spot if anything goes wrong. The owners manual provided by the manufacturer of your car can come in handy while performing these regular inspections. It’ll help you to narrow down your inspection.
Make your own storage space:
If you often feel that your car is low on storage in terms of cup holders bottle holders or storage boxes for that matter within an arm’s reach, you can create those convinces by yourself. All you need is a few empty cups, some boxes, tape to hold it together and a little creativity to craft a personalised console. Or, if you have some extra cash and time, you get something crafted out of wood or leather to suit your needs.
Clean your engine (and other parts) for better service:
Cleaning your engine and other components under the bonnet with mere water and cloth can increase the efficiency of your car at large. It makes it easier for your mechanic (and you) to find leaks, loose parts and other faults with your car more easily. Moreover, you’ll most likely get a smoother ride and comparatively better fuel efficiency.
Find your car anywhere:
Wandering vast parking lots to find your car among hundreds of similar looking cars can be a difficult task, especially in the night. In order to prevent it, take a picture of your car along with notable surroundings such as a tree. Still can’t find it? Hold up your remote key up to your chin. Doing so will amplify and extend the range of signal and help you spot your car.
- Increase your fuel efficiency
Fuel efficiency can be increased in various ways. If you notice that you need to come to a halt in a hundred meters or so, put your car in neutral and let the potential energy do its thing. Doing so will also reduce the pressure from the brakes. If your car has cruise control, try to use it more often on the open roads. And finally, keep a track of your mileage not just by trusting the mileage gauge, but also keeping a track of kilometres driven in a given amount of fuel.
Clean your windshield with a razor blade:
If you live near a petrol pump that offers free of cost windshield cleaning, you’re in luck. If not, try a razor blade. It may sound uncanny, but it works better than cloth or paper as it leaves behind no smudges. However, caution is advised while using and storing the razor blade.
Fix cracks and scratches with nail polish:
It is a fact that if you’ll drive a car regularly, its prone to scratches. While they can be ignored if your car is white, they look hideous on other colours. Try to find a nail polish that resembles the colour of your car and paint a few coats on the scratch. However, for bigger cracks,dents, we recommend Motorrep.com’s paint service at your doorstep with free of cost pick-up and drop facilities.
Fix a dent yourself:
A bump with another car can only be treated in a body shop for which we recommend Motorrep’s dent repair service with free of cost pick-up and drop facilities. But what about that ding from a pole while parking your car? Grab a kettle of hot water and pour it gently on the dent. It will most likely come in shape by itself, but if it doesn’t try pushing it from behind and it’ll be as good as new.
Remove coffee stains easily:
It is pretty easy to spill coffee over your car’s seat and carpet but it isn’t as easy to clean it off. The best way to do so is pouring a mixture of vinegar and water and scrub it over the stain with a stiff-bristled brush. Allow it to sit for thirty minutes or so after you’ve scrubbed it thoroughly and then rinse it with hot water before blotting off with a clean cloth.
Change the coolant yourself:
The engine heats up a lot even while it’s not performing at its highest and thus a radiator is required to cool it off. The radiator is fueled by the coolant which you can change yourself. Simply buy the coolant of your preferred brand and pour it in its designated spot which is often just above the radiator. It is recommended to also pour a little bit of water along with the coolant in the radiator.
Dust-off the AC vents:
The AC vents acquire a lot of dirt, especially if you live in a city like Delhi. This dust can harm your car’s AC and hinder its performance. Simply use a soft brush (an old toothbrush works great) to dust off the dirt from the AC vents.
Use olive oil to condition and polish the leather on your dashboard:
When to pick up your car after a thorough cleaning, your dash and leather are shining as they are polished with wax. Incidentally, a similar effect can be achieved by polishing the leather interiors and the dashboard of your car by olive oil. It may sound a bit weird at first, but I assure you that it will produce same effects.
Clean your mats without hassle:
The floor mats are bound to be the dirtiest thing in your car since all the dirt gathered by
your shoes on the road and elsewhere is bound to end up here. An easy way to clean them is to soak them with stain remover followed by a wash in the washing machine.
Make sure your car smells good:
A good smelling car can rob you of your tiredness and fill you with a fresh energy. It is also the first impression made by anyone who enters your car. An easy way to ensure that your car smells good without spending a lot of money on fancy car air fresheners is you use washroom air fresheners. Washroom air fresheners are strong and cheap, making them perfect for the job. Just put one in a cup holder or stick it under your seat and witness the magic of fresh air.
Get rid of cloudy headlights:
Cloudy headlamps are a general problem, especially if your car is old. It happens because of, believe it or not, sunlight. It attacks the surface of the plastic and causes it to get little pockmarks and checks in it and so on, and you see it as this cloudy appearance. That diffuses the light into the air around the car and in general, you can’t see when it happens. An easy way to get rid of cloudy headlamps is scrubbing it with toothpaste and rinsing off the excess paste with water.
Replace Wiper Blades:
The wiper blades need replacement from time to time and it’s really easy to tell when they do. Simply turn on the wipers. If they are unable to wipe clean they need to be replaced. The replacements can be found at any auto parts store and they are really simple to change.
Scrape Off Those Annoying Stickers:
All those old parking and promotional stickers on your windshield can be a visual hazard as they accumulate in number. An easy way to peel stickers off from car glasses is using plastic knives. You can also scrub the place where they are stuck with an old rag to remove the residue.
Change the Engine Oil:
The engine oil is essential for a smooth running of the Engine and it should be changed
approximately after every 5000 KM depending upon your car as well as the engine oil. Word of caution- never try to change the engine oil while the engine is hot. Park your car aside and wait for it to cool down before changing the engine oil. Once cool, locate your vehicle’s oil pan and drain the old oil and fill it new engine oil of your choice.
Check Tire Pressure:
The air pressure in the tyres must be the one that is specified by the manufacturer of your car for the specific model. Using a pressure lower than specified may result in degraded performance while using a higher pressure may even burst the tyre. It is recommended to check the tyre pressure of your car yourself.
You might need to invest in buying a device that will enable you to check the tyre pressure.
Learn the meaning of different warning light indicators:
This one is a no-brainer and I’m sure you know the meaning of most the warning light indicators. But it is worthwhile to learn all of the warning lights in your car. The owner’s user manual may come in handy to do so. Moreover, one light may point out to several problems as. For example, there are about 4000 problems that are indicated via the ‘check engine’ light.
Replace cabin air filter:
Replacing the cabin air filter may not have a drastic effect on your car’s overall performance, it does affect your health. The cabin filter protects from pollution, dust and other harmful airborne particles of the outside. It is very easy to replace. It is recommended to be replaced every 12 months, although, it should be replaced earlier if you’re living in a polluted city such as Delhi.
Dangling exhaust pipes:
The exhaust pipes are held up by rubber loops but there are prone to damage. If broken, the exhaust pipe will dangle at the back as you drive, adding to extra noises. Inspect the exhaust pipes of your car and the surrounding area to find any broken rubber loops and replace them accordingly.
Seat Belts retractors:
Over time, or due to some other uncertain reasons, the seat belt might not retract back itself. The problem can be easily solved by merely removing the seat belt covers and replacing the retractors yourself.
Hold your phone in place:
If you use your phone while driving and do not want to spend of a mobile phone holder, you can make your own by using a mere rubber band. Simply spread it through the top of one of the air vent of your car and pull it out of the bottom. And then slide your phone into the loops and adjust it accordingly.
Clear off the mist:
If your windows and windshield mist up often (as in winters), try cat litter crystals. They can be found easily in a pet shop and they’re designed to absorb moisture. Simply fill up an old sock with the crystals and place the sock under a seat to prevent the windows from the mist.
26.Escape alive from a sinking car:
We do know that it is a highly unlikely event but it’s better to be safe than sorry. First off, We’d recommend you not to drive into a water body large enough that can drown your car. As soon as the car hits the water, unfasten the Seatbelts and Roll down the window and escape. If you can’t roll down the window, try and break it. Do not waste your time on the door as the water will prevent it from opening.Must Watch this Video to Understand Better.
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Posted by motorrep.com on Tuesday, August 29, 2017
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Disclaimer: Motorrep does not take the responsibility of any damage dealt upon your car while performing any of the above-mentioned tips. If you are doubtful, contact Motorrep and we’ll provide you with expert guidance.