Simple Car Maintenance to Prevent Expensive Repairs

Simple Car Maintenance to Prevent Expensive Repairs


1, 2, 3, 4! Rev up your engines! [MUSIC PLAYING] It’s time for ScottyKilmer.com. If you want your car to
last a long time like mine, then stay tuned,
because today I’m going to show you some
critical maintenance items to perform on your
car so it can last forever. Well maybe not
forever, but I’m trying to get a million miles
out of my Toyota. Now the first
critical maintenance is changing your engine
oil and filter regularly. Now I use conventional oil in
my engine when I change it, so I do it every 3,000
miles or twice a year. Engines are very expensive
but oil is pretty cheap. And with modern variable
valve timing engines it’s even more important
to keep the oil clean. If you let the oil get dirty
and clog up these variable valve timing cams, it’s going to
cost you thousands of dollars to fix them. Now if you want to go
further between oil changes, you can use fully synthetic oil. Then you can go 8,000 miles
in between oil changes. Synthetic oils are
excellent oils, but realize, they cost three to four
times as much as regular oil. So, the choice is yours. But when it comes to
what weight oil to use, just use the oil that
your engine suggests. In this case it’s 10w30. All owners manuals tell you
what kind of oil to use. Now the second most
important thing is servicing your
automatic transmission. Now this is an older
car, it’s a ’94 Celica. It’s a good idea to change
the fluid and the transmission every 30,000 miles. Being a Toyota, it really
doesn’t have a filter in it, so you don’t have to
change the filter. But if your car has a filter,
change the filter too. But if you have a
later model car, like this 2007 Toyota
Camry, check this out. It uses fully
synthetic [INAUDIBLE] as it says, no need to change
ATF under normal driving conditions. So unless you live
in a dusty desert, you can leave these
transmissions alone. Now the next important
maintenance item is the coolant in
your cooling system. You don’t want dirty
coolant because it can ruin the whole system. A poorly maintained cooling
system can cause severe damage. It can cause the engine
to overheat and blow up. It can clog up the tiny
fins inside the radiator. And believe it or
not, in a modern car, it can short out electrical
sensors on the computer system. With conventional
antifreeze, you want to change the coolant
out every three years or once every 30,000 miles. But if you’re lazy
and frugal like me, use extended-life antifreeze. And in that case, you can go
five years or 150,000 miles before changing it. And the extended-life
antifreeze only costs $3 more than the regular
stuff, so why not use it. Now the last important
maintenance item I’m going to talk about
today is the battery. Check it every once in
a while for corrosion. Pick up the terminal
cover and see if there’s any
corrosion under there, and clean it if there is. Just get a wire brush and
brush off all the crud. Then get a can of battery
terminal protection spray, and spray it all
over to seal it. Do both terminals. And lastly, have a
mechanic check your battery with this machine,
once or twice a year. It’s a simple test. It takes less than a minute. And in a modern vehicle
it’s very important because everything
is run by computers. And proper voltage is very
important for computers to operate correctly. So a bad battery can cause
all kinds of problems, and sometimes even destroy
electronic components. So you want to check your
battery once or twice a year, and replace it, before
it goes completely dead and does some serious damage. So now you know. A little maintenance can
help your car go a long way. And remember, if you’ve
got any car questions, just visit ScottyKilmer.com. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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