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Car Maintenance Tips I Can Appreciate [as an Adult]

Once upon a time I used to brag about my car that never needed an oil change. The engine never blew up, the car never overheated, and no smoke ever made my entrances to parties embarrassing or smelly. I was a teenage girl with a car I paid for with a handful of Daddy’s cash dollars (it wasn’t much, but the point here is that it wasn’t mine either). I bought a 2000 Kia Sephia and I loved her to death! I literally killed her… I drove her into the back of a truck and totaled Marilyn’s (yes that’s my Sephia’s name) adorable front end. R.I.P. Marilyn.

Kia Sephia

As you can see I did a lot of things differently back then. I love art. I truly truly feel that this car was a masterpiece inside. Though some of the doodles were simple yearbook-esque signatures (the top-right is from my cousin), I really liked driving around with my A/C vent monsters and random technicolor body parts. I kept a plethora of colored sharpies in my glove box and everyone who got in had to contribute something. My father thought I was insane.

Of course I grew up and learned to take better car of my cars. I have learned to appreciate a lot of the things that I used to ignore when it comes to car maintenance. Here’s my list of the easiest ways to feel luxurious on the road.

Rotate your tires (or get new ones).

People ignore this until one day they’re on the side of the road with a busted tire. Then they stay on top of tire rotations for a few months until it gets to be old news. I’ve had my share of flat tires. Rotating your tires is fairly simple to do at home with a car jack and some stands. Otherwise, you can normally get them done for free with an oil change or for fairly cheap on its own.

Change your brake pads.

changing break pads

If you can rotate your own tires (get your groove on!), you can change your own break pads. I have always done mine myself. (I’m partly lying because now that I’m in settle-down mode I just make my husband-man do them Hahaha!) That is my disgusting hand above circa 2010 when I nearly had to also replace my rotors. That break pad is mighty thin, don’t you think?

Anyhow, as break pads wear down we get used to the decrease in stopping power. How many of you reading this say to yourself “I think I need new break pads,” or “I should get that looked at…” Several times a month, am I right? *Tsk tsk* Just get them fixed, will ya? You’ll be amazed at all the cool tricks you can do afterwards!

Get new windshield wipers.

This one is so easy! I’m constantly surprised every time it rains and I hear the squeaking of cars next to me struggling to get the rain drops out of their line of vision. Seriously guys… You could totally kill yourself. And if you go with a brand like EZwipers you’ll be saving loads of cash.

EZwipers’ website makes it easy. Just enter your car info and Voila! They will ship the products you need right to your home fast. Plus, there are installation pictures on the website site (though I must admit we didn’t need any).

Vacuum out your car.

Now this one is refreshing. Just a quick vacuum can make you forget you tote around kids for a little bit (until you pick them up again). It’s amazing how much of a mess the little monsters generate, right? Just steal a few quarters from the piggy bank and hit up the corner store on your next outing. Totally worth it!

Freshen up the air.

You can get those little pine trees if you prefer, but there are better ways to freshen things up. Simply keep a jar of baking soda in your car in a jar with holes in the lid. Or consider difusing some essential oils in summer. You can also make a spray for emergencies using your favorite essential oils in water.


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  1. Great suggestion you have shared. A windshield is an essential protection feature of our car that adds power in an accident and windshield repair is covered by car insurance. One more important thing is Keep your lights and windshield clean and avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.

  2. The article is very nice and informative. Making the air fresh inside the car tip is very useful. I use fragrance liquids to freshen up the air inside the car.

  3. Thanks for the tips! It’s important to do everything that you can to maintain your car so that it’ll last a long time with fewer repairs. I really liked your point about rotating your car’s tires. It seems important to have your tires rotated regularly to prevent your tires from blowing out.

  4. These are all really important maintenance tips to remember. I have noticed that having bad windshield wipers is really unfortunate, because then it can be really hard to see! Another thing that I have noticed can be difficult to drive with is a cracked or chipped windshield. I have a crack in my windshield right down the middle, and it can be distracting as I drive. Soon it would probably be a good idea for me to go get this repaired. Thanks for sharing more about these different necessary repairs!

  5. After buying a car, we should maintain them properly as we all know that without maintenance a car can’t be run smoothly on road. So keep some basic budget friendly reliable tips for your car. You suggest us very well by using this way. Awesome article Shary! You expressed your thought in most amazing way. Keep sharing my friend!

  6. I’ve been wanting to take better care of my car by myself, so this was extremely helpful! I never knew how to rotate my tires, so I’m glad I know now how to do it! My windshield wipers have been not working well, so I’ll have to replace those soon then! I feel much more confident in taking care of my car now, so thank you!

  7. You’re right about how there have been several times when I thought to myself how I should have my brake pads replaced. I just thought about that an hour ago when I came home from the grocery store after noticing that my stopping power is decreasing. It helps that you addressed this in your post, otherwise I would have forgotten to have my brake pads replaced. Now I’ll remember to do that right away. Thanks for the tips!

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