How to Tune-Up a Car Yourself

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  1. The first important item on a car are tires. Make sure you have a working tire gauge. If not go buy one at your local Auto Parts store. Check the your tires to see what the PSI is for your tires. This should be raised writing on the side of your tire and should say “Recommend PSI” or “PSI Recommended at”. Smaller compact cars and mid-size sedans usually have PSI levels between 30 and 40 PSI. Larger vehicles with larger tires, like large vans and SUV’s, usually have higher pressure, around 45 PSI.
    To get a good PSI reading on your tires, place the tire gauge onto the tire’s valve stem. Place the gauge evenly to let a small amount of air escape. The meter stick will blow out and will give you your PSI reading. Adjust the pressure accordingly with either a home air compressor or a air compressor at your local gas station.
  2. Check your fluids! This includes your Window Washer Fluid, Transmission Fluid and your Oil. Also the Brake Fluid, Engine Coolant and Power Steering are also very important to check. Most of these in any vehicle are easy to find. Most of the holders are marked with what fluids are in each.
  3. Checking your oil is easy. Grab a rag and pull out the oil stick. Wipe it clean and dip it back into the oil holder. Pull it out and read where the oil stops on the stick. It shouldn’t be any lower than 3/4 of the way on the stick. If low fill it up with the recommended oil for your particular car. If you don’t know what type of oil, ask at your local Auto Part Store.
  4. Repeat step 3 for your transmission fluid but wipe the stick with a clean rag. Don’t mix the oil with the transmission fluid. Fill your transmission fluid if it is low.
  5. Other fluids just require a fill up if the fluid is below the “Full Line”.
  6. Check your vehicle battery. Sometimes the connectors will have corrosion on them which gives little juice to the car itself. Grab a bit of baking soda and water and scrub the connectors. Clean it well and let it dry. Connect them back once it is all dry and DO NOT get any baking soda in the battery. This will neutralize the battery and will make it unusable.
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