June 2016
Recommended Maintenance

DIY Car Maintenance Services That Are Cheap and Easy

Honda Accord

From rent and mortgage payments to medical bills and other expenses, life can be very expensive. This being said, there's no wonder why people want to save money whenever they can. It may sound intimidating, but a good way to save money is to do your own car maintenance on your Honda Accord. Here are some cheap and easy DIY car services to help save some cash.

Battery Connection

If your car won't start, you may want to check the battery connection. This is a simple maintenance service that will only take a few minutes.

  1. Starting with the negative cables first, remove cables from the battery.

  2. Using a wire brush, or old tooth brush, and a corrosion removal fluid, clean the battery posts. You can save money by making your own solution of baking soda and water.

  3. Clean battery terminals with a wire brush or toothbrush.

  4. Rinse the cleaning fluid away with water then dry with a rag.

  5. Starting with the positive cables first, re-install your battery terminals.

Spark Plugs

If any of your spark plugs are not working as they should, a number of problems can occur – from misfirings to poor fuel economy. Replacing bad spark plugs takes between 20-30 minutes depending on how many plugs need to be replaced.

  1. To locate the spark plugs, follow the thick, rubbery wires under the hood of your car. Depending on the number of cylinders in your engine, there will be four, six or eight plugs.

  2. Start at the end of the row of spark plugs. Then pull the wires off the plugs by grasping the wire as close to the engine as you can. Only pull off one wire at a time.

  3. Once the first wire is off, attach a spark plug socket and extension to a ratchet. Set your ratchet to loosen then slide it over the plug as far as it will go. Then proceed to remove the old plug.

  4. To install the new plug, screw it into place by hand. Then tighten it with a wrench.

  5. Reattach the spark wire plug to your ratchet, repeating with each spark plug one at a time until all are replaced.

Fuel Gauge Sender

If your car's gas gauge is acting up or you notice you are running out of gas faster than usual, you more than likely need to replace your fuel gauge sender. This will take around 10 minutes.

  1. To avoid the risk of a fire, first disconnect the negative battery cable.

  2. Next, locate your fuel tank sending unit. This is typically located under your backseat or trunk carpet.

  3. To detach the fuel gauge sender, unplug the wire harness on top of the sender, or remove the screws and bolts that are holding it in place.

  4. To remove the sender, rotate it until it is loose.

  5. Set the new sender in place and secure it.

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