HARNESS YOUR INNER MECHANIC
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
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.