rev up your engines, today I’m going to give you the
ultimate quick guide to maintain your car so at last as long as possible it’s
not as hard as you might think 26 year old Celica shows that I do very
little maintenance on it and it still starts like a charm now realize with
modern cars the electrical system is very important you wanna have a good
battery and you want to make sure it’s connected tightly so every once in a
while with some battery protection spray just got a battery that was one of these
battery cleaner tools that cost practically nothing clean the terminal
any corrosion here you can see that’s bare metal clean that too then get a can
of the spray baton terminals it keeps the acid from eating them and
in this case it’s bare metal spray it it’ll keep battery acid from eating it
up batteries give off a little acid acid lead up the metal you get corrosion then
it might not start the car or it might not charge right because the corrosion
increases the resistance makes it get hot can short out stuff can spray if
you’re not a mechanic like me and you only have your own cars will last you a
lifetime of course comes changing your oil if you do no other maintenance on
your car change your oil regularly go by what the engine says what the
manufacturer tells you to use in this case 10w30 oil and you can use any
quality oil here in the United States have the API service that rates it as
long as it’s the correct rating it’s perfectly fine in regular oil semi
synthetic oil synthetic oil and on these old ones you can pretty much pick what you
want but on the new ones let’s say it says you have to use a zero w 10 oil
well you have to use synthetic because synthetics the only ones that can be
rated at a zero in the beginning so you have to use synthetic oil on the modern
cars and I’ve got whole videos on this but basically an old car like this is 26
years old is normal Castro normal oil change it every three thousand miles
with normal oil you can change it every three to five thousand
miles regular driving city driving compared with highway driving all mix of
driving and if you have a modern car that has to do synthetic oil
I still change it every five to seven thousand miles I don’t believe in the
ten thousand miles or they’re crazy Mobil 120 thousand mile oil you’re
pushing it too much if you try to change it then infrequently and you’d cost a
lot of money to replace thousands of thousands of dollars just change it
frequently and if you don’t drive much change it once a year things build up in
the oil water acids and stuff and if you don’t drive it much it’s still gonna go
bad change it once a year then now the next thing is your coolant this is for Toyotas for Asians as it says here it’s good for five years or 150
thousand miles summer even good for seven years 175,000 miles you only have
to change the stuff all that often when I was a young mechanic it was all green
antifreeze is good for maybe three years you had to change it a lot more often
you don’t have to on your modern car check with your particular car of course
you don’t have to buy over expensive dealer fluid the dealers don’t make the
fluid anywhere else somebody else makes it and then marks it for themselves
Toyota doesn’t make coolant even just Mercedes Benz they just buy from another
company so there’s nothing wrong with using this in a Toyota it’s made
for Toyotas and other Asian vehicles you can pay a lot less for this and you all
lied to dealer and it works perfectly fine just remember to do it when it’s
time maybe write it in a notebook put on your phone put a date so you’ll remember
modern engines yeah they’re made out of a lot of aluminum people said well
Scotty aluminum doesn’t rustle I don’t care
well aluminum corrodes really badly as it ages of the anti corrosion inhibitors
in the coolant breakdown so if you got to change it once every five years or
150,000 miles no big deal now the next thing is your automatic transmission
fluid this is a dinosaur it’s 26 years old it’s a good idea to change the floor
it’s an easy job this one’s got a drain plugging just drain it few quarts come
out measure what came out pour it back in easy job but don’t be fooled by more
modern cars that don’t even have a dipstick where they say it’s the
lifetime fluid you still have to change that fluid that’s a bunch of nonsense
I’ve said many times I’ve talked to the engineers well I said what do you mean
by this lifetime fluid and I said well the fluid is good for the lifetime of
the transmission then I said well what’s the lifetime in the transmission they
say well the warranty goes out of 60,000 miles then it’s on you
Wow truth be told with any vehicle if you don’t change it from the first
60,000 miles it’s probably still gonna work perfectly fine but don’t when it
gets all there maybe I 100 hundred and fifty thousand miles if the transmission
goes on to cost you five six seven thousand dollars to replace it you’re
gonna be mad you didn’t spend a little bit of money change the fluid every once
in a while and yes the minor transmissions all use full synthetic
glue which lasts longer but me I still change it every sixty to eighty thousand
miles you can learn how to do it yourself a lot of the processes if you
start from scratch are very complicated but almost all of them you can drain out
through the drain measure how much came out you take the top bolt off and you
pump in the same amount that came out and that’s perfectly fine because in any
transmission sealed or not gears where metal stuff comes out I have done
late-model cars that they say was a lifetime fluid and when I took the drain
bolt out it was a magnetic drain balls I need to have little pieces of metals
filings on them relatively normal there’s only a little bit but that stops
in there you want to drain it out every once in a while no the next vein that
says brake fluid no brake fluid is hygroscopic so what it does is it
absorbs water vapor and that eventually will corrode the system sighs so it’s a
good idea to flush him out every once in a while but you want the real truth on
that that depends a lot upon the vehicle you’re driving Toyotas have pretty
sealed systems they’re pretty well this thing’s 26 years old the only times I’ve
flushed the brake fluid never and it still stops good got the original master
cylinder the original wheel cylinders it’s got the original calipers in the
front they don’t leak it stops perfectly fine cuz it’s a Toyota but let’s say you
bought a Chrysler well then I made as well my advice would be every four or
five years you might want to flush the brake fluid out because they will get
contaminated cuz then I made as well not sealed as well and they will get
problems from too much water getting in and then it corrodes the system in the
master cylinder goes out ABS system might even have a problem on it because
that’s got a lot of valves and stuff in it they can corrode but let’s say you’re
not a guy like me you know keep your cars for 10 20 30 years odds are if you
buy a car you’ll never even have to mess up the brake fluid because I’ve seen
them go seven eight years with no problems when I’ll never been flushed
I’ve had no ancillary problems from corrosion in the system if you’re gonna
get rid of a car and not keep it for 10 15 20 years well I thought you do any of
the brake fluid and the same advice goes for power steering fluid if you don’t
drive your car like me odds are you can just leave that fluid
alone does have a lot of pressure sometimes over fifteen hundred pounds
per square inch but it takes a long time for it to get dirty but if you keep them
forever like every eight or nine years you might flush out the power steering
fluid put new fluid in so it doesn’t corrode anything because if that
high-pressure any dirt becomes like a cutting fluid and since it’s 1,500 psi
it can eat the seals on your power steering rack on the pump cause the
rubber hoses to corrode inside and then squirt out flush it out every eight
years or so if you keep your cars forever now that that’s meant inside it
miss your tires just check the air pressure every once in a while when it’s
ice-cold gets hot they expand it’s physics of pressure close check them
first thing in the morning you don’t want them over inflated or the Middle’s
will wear and you know what I’m under inflated or then the outsides are where
and your gas mileage will go down because it’ll have more friction on the
ground and it’ll wear everything else out and get worse gas mileage and
realize that tires have a limited lifespan they dry rot from the
ultraviolet rays of the Sun so check them every once in a while all the tires
on my car’s I end up throwing them where when they still got a ton of jug because
they’re dry rounded cuz we don’t drive many miles this thing last year they got
over 500 miles so if you don’t drive much over a certain period of years you
just checked the tires if they’re starting to have cracks and stop then
you think it’s time to get new tires so now you know some basic maintenance
items that you can do to make your cars last as long as possible you can have a
car like mine that’s 26 years old still runs like a top,
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