Guide to Changing Your Own Oil

Not all car repairs requires going to the mechanic. With the right tools, enough time, and a little research, you can do a lot of routine car maintenance on your own. Lets take a moment to review the dreaded oil change, to see the steps behind changing your oil. Chances are when you are done following this guide, you will agree that is easier then it may first seem.

1. Get The Right Tools

You will need new oil for your car, an oil pan that goes below your car and collects extra oil, a jack to lift your car, a new oil filter made for your car, and a tool to remove the oil cap. Once you have all of these, you are ready to begin.

2. Heat Up The Car A Little

If you have been recently driving, then give your car some time to cool down. If your car is cold, then let it heat up for a few minutes. This will make the oil move quicker as it drains.

3. Remove the Oil Cap

Finding a jack to lift your car, follow your vehicle manual to set the jack in the correct place. Once in place, go underneath and identify the oil cap. With oil pan in hand, remove the oil cap.

4. Use the Oil Pan and Drain The Oil

Place the oil pan below the oil cap and let your car slowly drain the oil.

5. Find Oil Filter and Remove

Once the oil is drained, you can begin finding and replacing the oil filter. Generally, it is a good idea to replace the oil filter every time you replace the oil. The most challenging part is finding where the oil filter is located and removing it. Once complete, prepare and install the new oil filter.

6. Add New Oil

With the new oil filter in place and the oil cap back on, it is time for you to add new oil to your car. Fill it up to the recommended level and then secure the cap back on the top.

7. Start Engine And Run

With everything else said and done, start your car engine and take your car for a ride. If you missed the entry when adding new oil, then the oil on the engine may burn for a little bit releasing an odor.

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Step-By-Step Guide to Changing Your Car’s Breaks on Your Own

Why go to the mechanic if you can do it yourself? An increasing number of car owners are changing their own breaks. Though considered a challenge for people who have never done it before, changing your breaks is more then possible with time, research, and a little bit of elbow grease. With that being said, below is a brief step-by-step guide to changing your car’s breaks all on your own.

1. Purchase the Correct Break Pads

A simple no-brainer, you would be surprised by the number of people who end up purchasing the wrong model. Check twice and purchase once.

2. Make Sure The Vehicle Is Cool

Falling again into the common sense column, do not try to replace your breaks after driving your car. Breaks can get very hot as well as break fluid. Wait until you car is fully cooled down before working on it.

3. Loosen the Lug Nuts

You will want to loosen the lug nuts of your tire before doing anything else. Do not take them off yet.

4. Jack The Car Up

Using your car manual as a guide, figure out where you should jack up your car. Every car is a little different.

5. Remove the Wheel

Once the car is up, your next step is to remove the wheel you are replacing the breaks for.

6. Remove Caliper Bolts

Using either a right ring-spanner or socket, remove the caliper bolts one at a time.

7. Hang Caliper

Keep the caliper hung to the side of a car with a piece of wire. As the caliper is still connected to the break, you will need to keep it connected until you bleed the break oil.
8. Bleed Break Oil

Using your car’s manual as a guide, follow what is written to correctly bleed all break oil from your car.

9. Replace Pads

With the beak oil bled away, you can now safely remove the old pads and put the new pads in.

10. Add Break Fluid and Check

Once the breaks are correctly installed, you can add break fluid back to your car.

11. Replace Caliper

With break fluid back in your car, you can replace the caliper. Be careful and slowly put it over the rotor as to not damage anything.

12. Put Wheels Back on And Tighten Lug Nuts

With the breaks replaced, all that is left is to put everything back and tighten the lug nuts.

13. Test New Break Pads

Once your car is done, you can remove the jack and take it for a test spin.

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7 Tips for Selling your Car Online

Selling your car online requires a lot more than just make, model and year. Depending on the service you use selling your car online can be a quick, efficient, and easier method of selling your car than going through traditional methods. Some things to keep in mind when selling online are:

1. More pictures the better

When posting your car online make sure to take pictures of everything. Front, sides, back, top, bottom, tires, bumpers, interior, engine, etc. This will eliminate customers asking frequent questions as well as will provide a complete image for the potential buys before they purchase.

2. Full accident history

Any accidents the car may have had regardless of fault. Whether it’s a small parking lot bump or something that needed more extensive repairs, list anything. This will let perspective buys know exactly what has happened to the car that might cause an issue down the road.

3. Any major repairs

Outside of accidents any major repairs that the vehicle might have had should be listed. This can help sell the car if it’s recently had a number of new parts put into it. If someone plans on parting it out they will be more inclined to pay more if the part is new to relatively new in the car.

4. Location the vehicle was used

Knowing where the car was typically run can affect the sale of your car too. For example if you live in a location that gets a lot of snow the car might have some salt erosion problems. Same for a desert location as sand can get into the car and potentially cause problems as well.

5. Current maintenance issues

Your car doesn’t have to be 100% to sell it online. However, if the car does need some repairs whether minor or major make sure you let the buyers know. This shows you as an honest seller as well as can factor into how much they might be willing to pay for a vehicle they might have to turn right around and have fixed.

6. Guidelines set by the site you use

Certain websites require certain information when posting cars. They might also require more information from you personally. Knowing these guidelines ahead of time will save you both time and potentially money.

7. Specifics of who can purchase the vehicle

Make sure that you let all buyers know what you expect from them. For example, if you are not willing to deal with shipping outside your country, state, or even town letting the buyers know this will prevent hassles down the road as well as will increase the chance of the buyer being able to pick up the car directly.

Junk Car Removal Services That Pay Cash

Getting rid of a junked car can typically cost you a lot more money that you might not currently have. Finding a service that will actually pay you instead of the other way around may not be as hard as you think. There are a number of great businesses that will not only take your car off your hands but put some cash back into your pocket at the same time.

Cars for Cash

These services will come out and take your car in exchange for direct payment to you. This will both get the car out of your way and give you some money back in return. This service is especially good for anyone that is stuck with a broken, damaged, or junked car. No matter what condition your car is in many of these service will gladly haul it off for you. This is a perfect option as it not only gives you cash for your junked car but also eliminates having to deal with the busted up car.

Scrap metal

Similar to the above mentioned Cars for Cash service scrap metal dealers will come and pick up your busted car and put money into your hand. Typically these services will pay per pound of metal regardless of the condition of the car. Even if your car is completely and totally damaged beyond repair many scrap metal dealers will take it regardless. However, you will want to check ahead of time as some places might charge for car pick up.

Auto salvage companies

These companies typically either break down a car for usable parts or have a yard they store broken and busted vehicles for do it yourselfers that come and pick up parts for whatever vehicle they need. While your car may have seen better days these companies will pay you to come get your vehicle to either add to their collection of you pick vehicles or salvage whatever parts they need out of the vehicle themselves. As with most cars they are a network of smaller mechanical parts that while your car over all may not be usable these parts could be transplanted into another car and continue to operate as intended. This option will also put money into your hands as well as take your new junked car out of them. This may be a better option to the ones above depending on the condition of your car.

5 Reasons You Should Sell Your Damaged Car

Cars are one of those tools that we typically take for granted until we can’t use them anymore. Sadly, getting stuck with a broken car tends to be far more of a headache than we generally expect. That is if you don’t know what to do with it. Most people wouldn’t think of selling their busted up car as an options but in all actuality your former car still has some financial viability. There is any number of reasons to sell your car but some of the best ones are:

1. Puts money back into your pocket

One of the biggest advantages to selling your broken car is that it makes the best of a bad situation by giving you a little bit more income from it. Regardless of how and to who you sell your car having extra money is always welcomed.

2. Can help with getting a new car

Combined with the above, selling your broken car will move you closer to replacing it with a new or used car. This can be especially important as many insurance companies might not give you enough money to replace the car.

3. Gets the car off of your hands

Getting rid of the car is probably the biggest issue with having a broken car. Why pay to have it carted off when you can straight up sell it and have someone else come take it away for your. This plus the fact you are getting paid while having someone come get the car is just icing on the cake.

4. Avoids potential disposal fees

As mentioned previously, typically you have to pay someone to remove the damaged car from your property. Either a dedicated junk service or other similar type of service will come and pick up your car for a fee. By selling it you bypass having to pay someone to remove the broken car.

5. Gives your car a second life

Depending on the level of damage to your car it may still be serviceable by someone else. Paying to have it repaired might not be in your best interests but that doesn’t mean it’s not for someone else. As the old saying goes “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Someone might be looking for a project car or be interested in it for the parts. Either way it gives the car a little be more use than just heading to the junk yard.