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There are certain items on a car that can easily be replaced without taking the car to a garage to be fixed.
This is great for a handful of reasons. First, you can avoid unwanted bills and keep the money for something else. Secondly, keeping your car running efficiently all by yourself is very satisfying.
Some jobs are too large and require the eye of a qualified, professional mechanic, but there are other basic jobs that take minimal time and only a little know-how and can be done at home with a few basic tools.
Here are some easy ways to look after your car without the help of a mechanic, to ensure it stays on the road for as long as possible.
After a while, windshield-wiper blades can start to leave smear marks on the window, as the rubber strips that push rainwater away can degrade. Often this leads to squeaking noises and the rain or snow is not cleared effectively, causing buildup and distorting forward vision.
Windshield wipers are a simple, off-the-shelf part. They only cost $20 to $40 and can be purchased online for your exact automobile make and model. You can simply unclip the old windshield wipers and clip the new ones on. The same can be done for the rear window-wiper blades too, if your car has them. Mechanics may charge an additional $30-$100 in labor fees to replace them.
Oil changes should be made on a regular basis. Manufacturers recommend changing the oil of your car every 7,500 to 10,000 miles as an approximation. Each car is slightly different, so check the guide for your specific car model.
The average price for a bottle of oil is $25-50, with synthetic engine oil averaging $45 to $70. Here's a straightforward guide on how to perform an oil change.
It's a really easy job to complete on a driveway or home garage with only a few tools.
Since the oil filter is usually accessed from inside the oil tank, it is great practice to change the oil filter at the same time you change your oil..
The job of the oil filter is to ensure contaminants don't accumulate in the engine oil, which can cause internal damage to the engine surfaces. Through the oil filter, unwanted particles are removed from the oil tank before circulating and lubricating the engine.
Changing the oil filter as regularly as changing your oil ensures the engine will operate optimally.
The air filter is a simple, inexpensive part to change and forms an important role in the car engine.
The air filter prevents dust, dirt and debris getting into the engine via the air intake, ensuring only clean, filtered air passes through.
This part should be changed at certain intervals, usually between 15,000 and 30,000 miles, depending on where your car is driven. Lift up the hood, and there is a rectangular cold air collector box. Inside is the spongy, foam material. Swap it out for a new one. It takes 10 minutes, tops.
Headlight and taillight bulbs
On older cars that don't have LED lights, headlight and taillight bulbs can easily be replaced by hand in very little time for minimal cost. The cost of new bulbs is a couple of dollars and avoids having to take your car into the garage.
Bulbs often stop working over time and it is a legal requirement that the correct lights are visible on a car.
They can be bought for a couple of dollars from an auto-repair store or online. To access the housing of the lights, open the hood to get to the headlights or the trunk for the rear taillights. This will allow you to find the housing and switch out the faulty bulb with the new, working ones.
On some vehicles, you may need to remove additional parts (and in some cases, the entire bumper) in order to have an unimpeded view of the headlight or taillight housings.
Changing the spark plugs will save you around $100 in labor costs and should be done every 30,000 miles. The spark plugs will only cost you $16 to $100, depending on how many you have to change.
For a four-cylinder engine, you will have four spark plugs to replace, for a V6 engine; you will have six, and so on.
Similar to phones and laptops, car batteries degrade over time. Most car batteries last between two and five years, depending on the condition. It is recommended to change your car battery after three years. A car battery that is five years or older won't function properly and may start to cause problems in the future.
The average price of a new battery is between $50 and $200 and is a straightforward plug-and-play swap with the old one.
Over time, the brake pads become worn down through regular use and require replacing to ensure your car continues to stop safely and effectively when you want it to. There should be a minimum of 6.4 millimeters of brake pad remaining as a general rule of thumb.
The brake pads are accessed by removing the wheels from the car and are straightforward to replace. You can see instructions on how to change brake pads here.
Changing brake pads requires a bit more work than the previously mentioned parts but are well worth doing yourself. A set of four brake pads only start at around $30 to $50 for budget vehicles and can cost a few hundred dollars for premium cars and sports cars.
The brake discs can be changed at home, too. It's another straightforward part and is usually completed in pairs, because properly functioning front brakes will wear evenly on the left and right and the rear brakes will do the same on the left and right. Depending on your vehicle, the front brakes and rear brakes will wear down at a varying rates.
Roughly $100 to $500 is the average cost for a pair of brakes, depending on the make and model of your vehicle. Being able to switch them out yourself will save you a lot of money over the lifetime of a car, removing some associated labor costs.
By Joe Pagone
I have been a mechanic for many years. I used to buy Napa Auto Parts almost always. I felt the parts were good quality, although more expensive than others. It does not pay to install poor quality parts on a car, they come back, and bite you! Unfortunately, a few years ago it seems Napa changed their policy on quality. This happened around the time they totally changed the on-line site. Around the same time, I started looking at Rock Auto on-line. Rock Auto offers each part by a few different manufacturers, quality levels, and prices. I started noticing that despite Napa still charging higher prices, they were now supplying the cheapest, lowest quality parts instead of the better quality they were known for. Given that, why would a person order from Napa, when Rock Auto is surprisingly lower priced, and you have a quality level choice . Napa seems to be riding on their previous well known name, while keeping the prices artificially high.
Some prime examples of this is, I purchased a starter solenoid, (eckland, Napa's electrical brand), as a preventative measure. The third start-up, after installing, the solenoid froze in the on position, with key off, and kept the starter spinning and engaged until I could unhook one battery terminal. Burned up the relay, starter, and a couple wires. I purchased a rebuilt alternator, took it from the box, and turned it, it felt rough turning, as if there was dirt in the bearing race or defective bearing components. I purchased Napa's best fuel pump, and it was very noisy from day one. I purchased a set of Napa Branded, 2 ton each, jack stands. One of them had a defective casting that would not allow the stop to lock in place. Although it seemed it locked, when weight was applied, it fell. I purchased rebuilt Ford Front calipers from Napa, and with in one year, the unplated soft steel bleeder screws has rusted solid to the caliper!
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By Vinca Holz
Guangzhou, China- Oct 11st, 2018- The leading car accessories supplier, Changyi will attend the HKTDC Hong Kong International Electronics Fair 2018 (Autumn Edition) from 13th-16th Oct. On the occasion of exhibition period, Changyi will display high-quality electric tailgate lift, foot sensor, intelligent power seat, auto door closer, and electric sliding door.
The HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) 2018 is coming, organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 13th-16th Oct. As a professional car accessories manufacturer, Changyi will bring the terrific exhibition experience to everybody.
On the occasion of the exhibition period, Changyi will display preeminent car parts, including the power liftgate, foot sensor, electric car seat, automatic car door opener, and electric sliding door.
This year, Changyi’s booth is 1C-F08😀. Changyi sincerely invites international buyers to visit their booth in HK Fair, the large-scale innovative electronics products exhibition in Asia.
💎Smart Electric Tailgate Lift (click me XD)
1. Soft-close electric suction device
After closing the car door, the electric suction will adsorb the lock to reduce the intensity, and ensure the tailgate closed completely at the same time.
2. Control by the remote
Convenient remote control help user open/close the liftgate easily, even their hands are busy.
3. Smart avoid pinch
While the power tailgate is closing, once it touches the obstacle, it will bounce back automatically or stop immediately, avoiding to hurt the user.
4. Memory function
The power liftgate can memory the height, which is set by the user. The user can set the height by long press on the button, and next time, the rear door will stay at the default height automatically.
5. Sound alarm
When close or open the hands-free liftgate, it will ring out to remind the driver.
6. Foot-sensor function
Foot-sensor is one kind of smart trunk sensor system. Open/ close the trunk automatically by judging the amplitude, frequency and phase parameter of Doppler produced when the foot gets close and away from the sensor.
7. Suitable for various models
Changyi electric tailgate lift is suitable for SUV and sedan, providing an awesome experience for every car owner.
💎Intelligent Power Seat
1. Massage Function
Comparing with the traditional seat, on which driver needs to maintain a fixed driving posture for a long time, leading to a backache, the back massage device of Changyi’s seat runs regularly to relax driving fatigue.
2. Courtesy Function
The smart seat is adjusted automatically when getting on/off the car, thus leaving wide space to prevent the oppressing sensation. Whatever the driver’s size, they can find the most comfortable position to drive.
3. Seat Cushion Heating
Just pressing the button, the strong turbofan and porous airbag will prevent sweat on the back and hip, which keep the driver cool and comfortable all the time.
4. Sitting Memory
After pressing the key “M” when the driver adjusts the seat to the appropriate position, the seat will be at the status of memory position.
💎Intelligent Electric Sliding Door
1. Master core technology, Select advanced materials
With reference to the original high equipment manufacturing, Changyi independently developed the electric latch, clutch, and other core components. The original TC intelligent temperature control protection technology will start to temperature protect when it’s more than 120℃, and back to work when lower than 80℃. Control the clutch temperature in the safe range is to ensure the sliding door work normally for a long time and high frequency.
2. True lossless, all reduction
According to the original vehicle high-end vehicle design, it uses the original vehicle location to install. Don’t need to replace any parts of the original car, just directly add.
3. Original car key remote control
No need to modify, the sliding door can be opened and closed by directly pressing the original car key.
4. B column button control
B column is provided with a control button, which can be pressed to open and close the Changyi side sliding door.
5. Internal/ external door handle controls
The system can recognize the owner’s action and the sliding door will work automatically.
6. Single door Separate installation
The car owner can choose left and right door to install at the same time, also can install a door only. A single-sided door won’t affect the other side door.
Guangzhou Changyi Auto Parts Limited Liability Company, founded in 2013, is a professional enterprise specialized in smart electric tailgate lift and other auto parts products.
The company integrates R&D, manufacturing, and sales together and commits to providing convenient, safe and comfortable ideal life for global car owners. Adhering to the product positioning of “differentiation, excellence, high quality”, Changyi rapidly grows into a rising star of automobile modification enterprise.