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Auto Repair Basics: What to Leave to a Professional and What to Fix Yourself

If you have no mechanical skills, it is best to leave major repairs such as transmission repair to a professional. However, this does not mean you should leave all of your car’s maintenance to a pro. In fact, there are several things you can do on your own to help keep your car running smooth, and they do not require any advanced automotive knowledge.

Checking Fluid Levels

The proper amount of fluid in your engine, transmission and radiator are vital to your car’s performance. The good news is you do not need a professional to check for proper fluid levels. About the hardest thing you will encounter is finding the dipsticks to check the fluid levels. Once you find them, all you do is pull it out, wipe it off and put it back. Pull it back out again and you will get an accurate level. Most dipsticks have a marking that lets you know the proper level of fluid you need in each component. However, if your transmission is having more serious problems, you should visit a company like Huntington Beach Transmissions.

Checking Your Tire Pressure

If the pressure in your tires is low, it can affect your car’s fuel economy and handling. In short, it is unsafe to drive your car with low tire pressure. Once again, you do not need a professional to check the pressure in your tires.

For about a dollar, you can buy a tire pressure gauge that looks like a pen. Once you have the gauge, remove the valve cap that is usually sticking out of your tires rims. Bend the valve slightly then firmly place the gauge on the tip of the valve. When you do this, it will sound like air coming out of your tire, which is normal. Quickly remove the gauge, and check the reading. The side of your tires will provide you with the normal pressure range.

Replacing Your Car’s Air Filter

Regularly replacing your air filter is essential to the maintenance of your car’s engine. Fortunately, it is easy to replace. Most air filters are located inside a large plastic housing next to your car’s battery. To replace the filter, remove the lid to the housing by removing a few screws or detach a few clips. Once you remove the lid, take out the old filter and put in the new filter. Make sure the new filter is facing the same direction as the old filter. Simple as that.

Your car has several components you can easily fix yourself. However, most of your major repairs that occur from problems with your transmission or engine should always be left for the professionals. If you are not sure what a part is called, what it does or where it is located, you certainly should not try to fix it on your own.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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TOY GIVEAWAY TODAY and FRIDAY

Who -

**Parents seeking gifts for their children age infant through 17.

Dates & Times -

** Thursday, Dec. 13, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for those living within western Arapahoe or Northern Douglas counties. Areas include Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County.

**Friday, Dec. 14, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for anyone in Colorado

What’s Needed -

**Interested parents will complete a registration form in our office. The following documents are also needed - Parent ID, Child ID (birth certificate, Social Security Card, or school ID), and Proof of Address

What to Expect -

- We will not be able to honor requests for clothing or specific toys.
- We have very few items for teenagers.
- If we run out of toys, we run out of toys.
- Unfortunately, those seeking gifts can receive no other services that session.

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