I do the maintenance on my Dodge Stratus myself. With the high cost of auto mechanic labour, it makes sense to do as much as possible of the upkeep and maintenance on your vehicle yourself.
The auto parts store is a good place to start to get the items you need to do the job. They can offer helpful advice, if you have any questions about the maintenance jobs you plan on doing.
I usually replace spark plugs once a year junkyards near me. The clerk at the auto parts store needs specific information about your vehicle to be able to provide you with the correct parts that fit your car. He needs to know the year the car was made, the car manufacturing company, the car model and the car’s engine size.
Sometimes the parts are not kept in stock, so they have to be ordered from a distributor, but they usually arrive the next day. When they do arrive, I pick them up and pay for them.
Replacing spark plugs is not difficult, if they are located in a place on your engine block where you have enough room to reach them with a socket wrench. I usually start by taking out the first plug on the left side of the engine block. The spark plug wire is carefully removed. Then I put the socket wrench over the spark plug and turn the wrench counter clockwise until the plug comes loose.
The new spark plugs need to be checked to see that the space between the two electrodes, the “gap”, has the correct distance. This does not have to be a difficult procedure. By gently sticking a screwdriver into the gap of the old spark plug you removed from the car you can mark the spot where it fills the gap. Place the same screwdriver into the gap of the new spark plug and either bend it tighter or gently bend it looser until the screwdriver fills its gap in the same spot as it did for the old spark plug. Then make sure the new plug has the sealing ring in place at the top of the threaded area. Place the new spark plug in the hole on the engine block. Turn it by hand in a clockwise direction to start with and once it is turning correctly, finish tightening it with the socket wrench. Then reattach the spark plug wire. That’s it. Do the same for each of the remaining spark plugs.
Have you been trying to find cheaper ways to acquire spare parts lately? The cost of spare parts can be rather astronomical at times and more and more people are now trying to find sources other than the traditional auto part stores. For older cars, it would be a good idea to try to find recycled parts instead of buying new ones. One can easily find these recycled parts from auto wreckers and recyclers. Online sites like eBay also carry these types of items, which you can buy at cheaper prices.
How does one find spare parts that are suitable for their cars? A lot of people would hesitate to buy parts from recyclers because they are not really sure if these parts are suitable for their cars. If you are one of those people who are afraid that you might get spare parts that are not really suitable for your car, you should bear in mind that your car is a mass produced model and there is bound to be thousands just like it lying around some junk yards waiting to be discovered. If you take some time to really find what you need, you can usually find it in a junkyard.
If your car is just around 10 to 12 years old, there is a big chance that you can find everything you need from the recycler’s place. The good news about recycled spare parts is that recyclers would be happy to sell you the parts you need for a fraction of their original price. Most recyclers even give warrantees on the spare parts they are selling so that it would be easy for you to return or replace the parts that are defective or are not really suitable for your car.
Now, if your car is older than 10 to 12 years, you may find it just a little bit difficult to find what you need in one place. In this case, you might want to try approaching those companies that specialize in auto parts. You may also want to try searching for the parts you need on eBay or JC Whitney. These sites are well known for having some of the best finds when it comes to spare parts. What is more important is that these sites can also offer you good bargains