Routine maintenance is the key to unlocking the full potential of your vehicle. While people in Cape May County, Salem County, and Cumberland County can always count on the knowledgeable mechanics at Action Hyundai of Millville to get the task done, there's plenty you can do from the comfort of your own home.

DIY car or truck maintenance may seem challenging, but with the proper tools and information, any person-from a novice driver to a veteran car owner-can get the dirty work done. If you're interested in how to complete a few regular repairs at home, take a look below.

How often should I change my oil?

The answer to "how often should I change my oil" depends on how many miles you're accruing in 30 days along with your driving habits. Nonetheless, most mechanics recommend you should swap out your oil and filter every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever comes first.

How do I check my transmission fluid?

Checking transmission fluid is very similar to checking engine oil. Before you start, grab a rag or paper towel.

  1. Put your car in park or natural.
  2. Make sure your engine is off and the parking brake is engaged.
  3. Pop the hood and locate the transmission dipstick.
  4. Remove the dipstick.
  5. Wipe it down with your rag, then dip it back in and out.
  6. Based on the indicators on the dipstick, you'll be able to interpret the fluid reading level.

How do I sync Bluetooth® in my car?

As long as you have a Bluetooth®-accessible vehicle and mobile device, this one shouldn't be difficult at all. You're able to sync Bluetooth® in your vehicle in just a few brief steps.

  1. Initiate the pairing procedure in your car's stereo. Consult your owner's manual to learn how to do so.
  2. On your phone, turn Bluetooth® on.
  3. Wait a few moments for your phone's Bluetooth® to find the car's stereo.
  4. Once it finds the car's stereo on your phone's Bluetooth®, select it.
  5. Enter your personal stereo PIN and enable media.

Once you've completed these easy steps, you can make hands-free calls and access your music collection.

How do I change my brake pads?

Changing brake pads is one of the trickier items on this list, but it can be performed from your own garage. First, you'll need a jack and stands, a braking system tool, braking system oil, a socket wrench, tire iron, and replacement braking system pads.

  1. Raise your car or truck from the ground. The tires must come off to change the brake pads.
  2. Using the jack, lift your vehicle and remove the tires. Having a trusted friend with you for this step is often useful.
  3. Pull out the caliper construction and your car's older brake pads. The caliper construction is a clamp securing the pads between your rotors.
  4. Remove the caliper assembly and put it aside, making sure you don't touch or hit the braking system line.
  5. Now, you can slide out the old braking pads.
  6. Replace the old braking pads. Oil the backs of the pad, making sure none gets on its front side or on the rotors.
  7. Once you've replaced them, double-check how secure they are.
  8. Place everything back together, and then lower your vehicle back to the ground.
  9. Put the tires back on.

How do I bleed my brakes?

When your brake pedal feels a little slow or delayed, there's a chance that there's oxygen in your brake lines. Bleeding their brake system is the process of getting this trapped pressure out. To accomplish it, you'll need a bleeder wrench or properly sized mix wrench, braking system fluid, a cup or jar, as well as an extra pair of hands.

  1. Locate the brake bleeder screw behind each brake. As a helpful tip, it's usually near the bleeder hose. Reaching this screw is easier if the vehicle is raised using a jack.
  2. Crawl underneath the vehicle and loosen the screw using your bleeder wrench. Be gentle as to not damage the screw. If it is stuck, spray it with WD-40.
  3. Place a small bit of hose over the end associated with the screw.
  4. Place the other end of the hose into a jar or can. This will collect the excess brake fluid.
  5. Have a friend pump the brakes, alerting you each time they're engaged. If you're under the car during this step, be careful! Make sure the vehicle is securely raised.
  6. Open the bleeder screw after the brake pedal has been pumped once or twice. Fluid will flow out, hopefully into the container. Most likely, you'll find a few bubbles in the fluid.
  7. Tighten the screw while the brake pedal is pressed down. Inform your friend to release the brake pedal. Repeat this step until the screw is tight.
  8. Pen the master cylinder to add more braking fluid. Failing to do so could cause severe damage in the brake system.

How often should I rotate my tires?

Tires should be rotated every 6,000 miles. To make it easier to remember, schedule a rotation with every other oil change.

How do I read my tire size?

Your tires feature a seemingly nonsensical combination of numbers and letters on them. However, each mark indicates a different yet vital part of your tire. Here's how to decode them…

Speed rating: This is the greatest rate the tire may be driven on. For example. "S" indicates 112 MPH and "T" designates 118 MPH. A Z-rated tire is the fastest available, and will also be accompanied by a "W" or "Y," showing the specific MPH the tire was rated for.

Wheel diameter: This number will be specified in inches. It shows how big of a wheel your particular tire will fit.

Tire type: "P" means passenger automobile tire, while "LT" signifies a lighter truck tire.

Aspect ratio: This quantity represents the height of the sidewall. Since it's merely a portion associated with the section width, it's likely to be smaller-possibly 45.  

Load index: Here is the maximum load carrying capability of one's tire. Never ever use a tire that doesn't meet with the manufacturer's recommendation for the model.

Radial construction: Most often, you're going to have a radial tire, denoted by the letter "R."

Width: The width designates the length from a single sidewall to another, indicated in millimeters. For example, in a passenger car, it'll be around 245 most likely.

Automobile Repair

While this is a great starting point for many DIY jobs, don't begin any work if you're uncertain how it's done. Cape May County, Salem County, and Cumberland County individuals can consult the repair specialists at Action Hyundai of Millville beforehand for more details. Contact us today!


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