know summer is coming. And since summer
is coming, it is time to start getting our car ready for all of those spur of
the moment road trips and other outings.
Summer is to switch out the snow tires.
Honestly, we usually do this right at the end of March, but for some
reason we left them on a bit later. This
ended up being a good thing since it was snowing last week…
the car. There were days when I was
younger, pre-kids, pre-marriage, that I would bring my car to the dealer and
have it detailed. It always came out
looking so nice and clean, and smelled new again! Of course, that is a luxury. Luckily, I have two little
monkeys who really enjoy this sort of “work.”
Perhaps because they get to use the hose!
sponges, and a hose, they can get the car surprisingly clean, burn off a ton of
energy, and have a fun time doing it.
covered with salt and sand. These can do
a number on your car, so getting all the gunk off in the spring is something I
always look forward to.
out. We have three kids, the older two
definitely eat snacks in the car, there is trash that needs to be removed,
everything needs to be vacuumed out.
able to get out for a car washing party yet.
But we have been able to go to the car wash, which is equally as fun in
my children’s eyes. They love to see us
spray down the car while they are inside, bonus points if we go through the
automatic car wash!
even realize this was a thing that we should be checking on the car. Not until I brought my car in for an oil
change, and the mechanic explained to me that my air filter was black and no
longer working. Well, goodness, I hadn’t
ever heard that before!
miles – *follow recommended change intervals as noted in your vehicle owner’s
the mechanic that time, I realized that we should really figure out how to do
it ourselves, and since then Matt has been taking care of it – an easy fix, he
claimed. It helps that we can easily
purchase the FRAM Extra Guard Air Filter right at Walmart. It is so much less to buy it and do it
ourselves, rather than having a mechanic do it.
being the first line of defense for your engine, and also helps engine
performance – it can help increase acceleration and horsepower.
and figure out exactly which air filter you need. It made this large aisle of air and oil
filters a little less intimidating.
car maintenance. I typically leave that
up to Matt. But, this year has been
about learning new things and becoming a bit more proficient at tasks I usually
let Matt take care of. If an air filter
is easy to change, I want to try it!
Plus, most air filters can be changed in less than 5 minutes – I wanted
to test that theory!
may have gone completely blank. Luckily,
the owner’s manual actually tells you where it is if you don’t know!
I was surprised to find so many helicopter seed pods from a Maple
tree. I took this opportunity to scoop
all that junk out and wiped down the edges of the cover with a cloth to get
most of the dust off the cover.
my *very* limited knowledge, I would not have a clue how to do it. I surprised myself. It was super easy to change, and now I know
that I can do it myself!