DIY Vehicle Maintenance Tips
History tells us that long before cars became computer-controlled robots that learned how to parallel park themselves, owning a vehicle meant getting up to speed on some DIY maintenance. Even if you didn't grow up in a family of mechanics, you probably remember your dad or grandfather with the old station wagon jacked up to drain the oil or get a fresh set of spark plugs.
Today's cars, trucks and vans are not designed for the hobby maintenance enthusiast and it's important to find a trusted mechanic who can keep your ride in ship shape as the seasons change. But there are still a number of things you can take care of on your own - like having the right pressure in your tires or checking the tread for wear.
Leaving the big things to the professionals makes sense, but AMA is happy to share some simple 'How-To' videos on basic vehicle care and maintenance. But if videos make you dizzy you can find step-by-step tips to check your oil, fluids, battery, tire pressure or tire tread wear. And if you don't see what you're looking for, send us a note and we'll deliver some simple tips on everything from block heater timers to changing your cabin air filter.