It’s sim­ple – care for your car, and it’ll care for you. When it comes to ve­hi­cle ser­vic­ing, there are a fair num­ber of things you can do your­self. Re­tired elec­trome­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer EVAN SA­MUEL talks us through the ba­sics

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - In The Garage -

Your car is out of war­ranty and no longer un­der the pro­tec­tion of its ser­vice-plan fairy god­mother… What do you do when it comes time for its next ser­vice?

Like many of us, you’ve de­cided to hang on to your older ve­hi­cle. For the most part, it’s served you well. The kids have named it, you chat to it in the garage when you’re on your own – it’s ba­si­cally a mem­ber of the fam­ily. Get­ting rid of it isn’t ac­tu­ally an op­tion.

But it’s al­most time for that dreaded ser­vice again, and you’re not sure what do to.

The re­al­ity is, if you’re an even marginally ca­pa­ble handyper­son, you can tackle many of the run- of-themill ser­vic­ing tasks your­self – cer­tainly those that fall into the realm of ‘mi­nor’ ser­vice.

My love of en­gines was ig­nited as a teenager when I re­built a Puch moped. Later I res­ur­rected a Mor­ris Mi­nor in the back­yard of my in-laws’ house.

Through­out my life, I’ve worked on and ser­viced our cars, and con­tinue to do so, and now I hap­pily su­per­vise my grown-up sons as they work on theirs.

But enough small talk. Let’s jump right in and take a look at a ba­sic en­gine ser­vice, which in­cludes chang­ing the oil and re­plac­ing the oil-, fuel- and air-fil­ters, as well as the spark plugs.

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