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Car Maintenance Tips: Here are 8 preventative vehicle maintenance tips to help prevent costly repairs! Watch more Quick Tips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYbEYVyB_NH9k3Opb7wQ-WX6tAw9vTk8K 00:06 #1: Batteries Last 3 Years 01:00 #2: Keep Your Fuel Above ¼ Tank 01:46 #3: Car History For Trans Flush 02:34 #4: No Cruise Control In Bad Weather 03:04 #5: Spare Tire Never Does The Work 04:30 #6: Leave Frozen Sludge Alone 05:17 #7: Never Cold Water In Hot Engine 05:42 #8: Car Battery Boost Tips Never forget another measurement. http://tapeboss.com Support us on Patreon. https://www.patreon.com/debossgarage Get some merch. https://shop.spreadshirt.com/debossgarage Follow Rich on Twitter. https://twitter.com/debossgarage Follow Rich on Instagram. https://instagram.com/debossgarage Follow Rich on Facebook. https://facebook.com/debossgarage Follow Rich on Car Throttle. https://www.carthrottle.com/user/debossgarage **If the video was helpful, please give it a "thumbs up" and consider subscribing.** '48 Chevy Fleetmaster (Part 3) https://youtu.be/vOq7AhVmhD4 Fix A Leaking Seal In 10 Seconds https://youtu.be/NvNjh3154yw "Travelin'" by SWIB (https://soundcloud.com/swib-1) CC BY-SA 3.0 NO WARRANTIES: All of the information provided in this video is provided "AS-IS" and with NO WARRANTIES. No express or implied warranties of any type, including for example implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, are made with respect to the information, or any use of the information, in this video. DEBOSS GARAGE ("DG") makes no representations and extends no warranties of any type as to the accuracy or completeness of any information or content of this video. DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY: DG specifically DISCLAIMS LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES and assumes no responsibility or liability for any loss or damage suffered by any person as a result of the use or misuse of any of the information or content in this video. DG recommends safe practices when working with power tools, automotive lifts, lifting tools, jack stands, electrical equipment, blunt instruments, chemicals, lubricants, or any other tools or equipment seen or implied in this video. DG assumes or undertakes NO LIABILITY for any loss or damage suffered as a result of the use, misuse or reliance on the information and content of this video. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK: This video is for informational purposes only. It is your responsibility to evaluate your own safety and physical condition, or that of your clients, and to independently determine whether to perform, use or adapt any of the information or content in this video. Any automotive repair and/or modification may result in injury. By voluntarily undertaking any task displayed in this video, you assume the risk of any resulting injury; your safety is the sole responsibility of the user and not DG.
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Joni Ray (1 day ago)
Just got a new battery for my bronco I just got, the old one was 11 years old.
DEBOSS GARAGE (1 day ago)
Our climate killed off bronco's a decades ago, along with dozens batteries. Welcome to the land of ice and snow along with humid 100* summers
model RR fan (10 days ago)
I have a tiny car but it has a regular spare tire. I just bought the car 6 years old, winter is comming so I will exchange the battery!
RETSZTIRF (14 days ago)
I would've loved to work on pre2000 vehicles
Jimbo gymbo (16 days ago)
Another good tip if your car goes into a skid unlock your drive train pop in neutral steer into skid and don't touch the brakes until car is straight.
Jack Dean (1 month ago)
So... what happens when your battery is 15 years old?
Jack Dean (1 month ago)
+DEBOSS GARAGE I live in England, so it just fucking rains, that's about it really
DEBOSS GARAGE (1 month ago)
You must live in a more moderate climate then we do
hexlgaming (1 month ago)
I like all the little upgrades that can be done over the years; a new lithium battery, better lights, perfect light aming, alignment etc; so that in the end your beloved machine runs great and hopefully better than ever.
Devonne West (1 month ago)
Mr Deboss, your point about batteries at :38 brings a question to mind. There is a vid another mechanic posted about a belt sequel on start-up, on a Yaris. When he turns the key from 'off' to 'start' all at once, the belt squeals right when the engine starts. However, when he stopped at 'run', and let the dash light up for a few secs, then turned continued to turn key to 'start', the belt did not squeal. I have the same car and it does this same thing! I also notice in colder weather, that stopping the key at 'run' for a few moments before cranking also seems to put the car at a lower initial idle that when turning the key to start in one fell-swoop. His theory is if you turn the key from 'off' to 'start' in one shot, the computer will default to "max output" and "max idle" .If you had stopped at 'run' for a few secs it can set the actual idle needed more accurately and alternator output needed. Thereby no alternator belt sequel and a lower high-idle. Have you heard of this and can you test this for us with an alternator output gauge and starting the car both ways and see if there is a difference? Otherwise I don't know why else the key stopping at 'run' for a couple seconds makes a difference! Thank you :-)
SAMO 6IX (1 month ago)
He knows what the hell he is talking about.
CesarConH (1 month ago)
Every black driver should watch this video! Especially minute 4:07
Flying Bob (1 month ago)
I have never had a battery go bad less than 7 years, and change transmission fluid every 35-40 k. No problems.
Firstname Lastname (1 month ago)
Ah, I see, I'm too poor to own a car
Another Name (2 days ago)
I bet you could
Joey Peteza (1 month ago)
Thanks
Mirek 6 (1 month ago)
What cc got to do with car maintenance?
Ibnu Haziq (2 months ago)
hye~ please give me the permission to share your video on fb~ thanks~
Righteous RedNeck (2 months ago)
Awesome tips!
Michael (2 months ago)
Bullshit. A battery only lasts 3 - 4 years? My battery lasted 8 years and it started in every Canadian winter for those 8 years. I changed it out before it ever died on me because I knew it would eventually fail, but why change it out so early. I don't like to piss away money for nothing. This guy would want you to replace your struts every 2 years too. Terrible advice.
Nate Miller (2 months ago)
Inline filter and flush your high mileage automatic two or three times. 1993 nissan Altima with 200K trans ran like crap. I thought it was failing. 10 quarts later she shifts smooth as can be.
J M (3 months ago)
Thanks! Great video but I’m about 99% sure you’re not using a dry erase marker for that white board.
stephenmartinez1 (3 months ago)
i'm not a professional, but nothing you tell me will make me believe otherwise, i believe clean atf fluid is always better for your tranny than dirty fluid...changing dirty fluid according to you may cause a problem..but to leave dirty fluid alone..? well you know for sure your transmission will DEFINITELY fail sometime in the near future. change dirty fluid..which is what i'm sure all the vehicle manufacturers would suggest.
Brian Bacich (3 months ago)
love the video, thanks alot!
Paulsaulsilverman S (3 months ago)
I just subscribed Your well spoken and I was aware of the 8 points u stated Your right on all Cool cars in the background id like to learn more about those one day
remytv (3 months ago)
Good one, but for boosting batteries, as long as both alternator don't push more than their rated voltage (which there's no reason for) they will not fry electronics, pushing more amps do not make electronics use more power, they run on voltage, think about it, a fully charged battery can deliver hundreds of amps more than an typical alternator can produce ...yet they don't fry fragile computers. We talked about this alot, when people were saying that boosting a motorcycle with a running car would damage them - it's totally wrong, their electric systems are all the same, they run on 12 - 14 volts. However the advice remains, if you don't know what you are doing, you can mix the polarity and do some actual damage.
Grant Logan (3 months ago)
Don’t crank a dead car with the other car running. For sure. It puts a huge load on the alternator, could easily cook the regulator. If it won’t start with the car off...start the other car and let it run for 10 or so minutes.
Austin Winicker (3 months ago)
I agree with kicking the sludge I knocked a fog light loose doing that when it was covered in ice
RamblerClassicMan (3 months ago)
My automatic transmission was high mileage when I bought my truck, so I put a manual transmission in it :)
Colorado4x4 (3 months ago)
Great video! Thanks!
Miles Ralls (3 months ago)
26 years on my battery with 234xxx miles going strong
DEBOSS GARAGE (3 months ago)
Its our climate that kills them
NebukedNezzer (3 months ago)
the best way to jump start is to connect your car to the one needing the jump. start your car and let it run for 15 mins. shut your car off and try starting the sick one. if it starts disconnect your car. be very very careful never to connect the cables backwards.
NebukedNezzer (3 months ago)
bull shit on the battery. I have gotten way more than 3 years out of the optima 800 batteries. Also, properly service of auto trans fluid(change filter and 4-6 quarts(what ever the pan holds) at reasonable intervals. NEVER flush the transmission. yes to if the trans has bad oil just let it go. I have NEVER owned aluminum wheels and never want any. one size over stock tire size. most of this is great advise. Thank you for this helpful video.
Asa Black (3 months ago)
Great video. Other than the ‘cruise control’ thing I’ve never heard a word about any of those other things in fifty years. Very informative, thanks.
jared novak (3 months ago)
My sister has a 2010 Ford Escape with the original battery...
David G (4 months ago)
I've got a almost 7 year old battery in my car, still at 12.8-9v, why should I replace?
rrt08 (4 months ago)
Bought Motorcraft battery 2008 replaced 2018. Bought new Motorcraft battery.
david otuoma (4 months ago)
Every tom and jack is a mechanic nowdays some of them don't ever wear protective clothings like a mechanic should but blue jeans and t stirt .... And telling you not to change your automatic gearbox fluid.....what a dangerous nonsense????
Peter J. Goettler (4 months ago)
Interesting To Note!
Nathan Wind (4 months ago)
I listened to this bullshit about the fuel pump failing if you don't keep at least 1/4 tank of gas in the tank, so I always kept my tank full in my truck from the time I bought it new. Always. Period. Guess what happened? The fuel pump failed anyway. Cost me $800. Bullshit advice.
Adam Smith (3 months ago)
Nothing lasts forever however it is much more likely to fail if you keep running to empty all the time.
Travis Negrete (4 months ago)
Here's my list: 1. Change your oil regularly 2. Don't buy a 5.4 Triton 3. There's no such thing as a lifetime fluid 4. Don't buy a 6.0 powerstroke 5. Automatic car washes strip away your clear coat 6. Use name brand gas, not those one off pumps with rotted old fuel 7. Let your engine idle for at least 15 second before you start driving in the morning 8. Stickers and decals can be easily razored off of glass but not the body/paint
Derek Phillips (1 month ago)
Also never have buttsecks without protection. Keep a knife handy
Adam Smith (3 months ago)
Travis Negrete 1-4 agreed 5. I live in NY, I have no choice in the winter unless I want rust which is worse than a couple scratches 6. Agreed 7. Agreed especially in the winter 8. Agreed.
t Mann (4 months ago)
Good info!
t Mann (4 months ago)
I remember when batteries were 45 bucks
BigHeadClan (5 months ago)
Solid tip About spare tires and diffs
FutureRN_Corey _ (5 months ago)
My owners manual says change the transmission and transfer case fluid for severe use at 60k im sneaking up on that and do not know the vehicles history cause I just bought should I change it just to be safe
Michael Bowman (3 months ago)
*_"...should I change it just to be safe"_* Well, if you _don't_ and you start to have "issues" later on, you'll say to yourself _"I guess I should've changed it."_ Do it for peace of mind, if nothing else.
Praneet Singh (5 months ago)
Really helpful info! Thanks
vaajchang (5 months ago)
Your explanation for tyranny flush doesn't justify why one shouldn't do one.
useless ghost (5 months ago)
I have a question I have a 1996 chevy pickup worktruck what batteries do you recommend I have a 8 year duralast battery and the truck struggles to start
1MartinPL (5 months ago)
full of shit
Upshift Z71 (5 months ago)
Despite pulling 15k (with bags in the back) constantly.
M W (5 months ago)
Thank you
mark jackson (5 months ago)
What.?? So don't change transmission fluid ..????
DIEhardHD (5 months ago)
Over rated mechanic get off the stage D Balls Garage
Naegleria Fowleri (5 months ago)
Only an idiot lets his battery die. I don't own jumper cables. I never had a battery die on me, why? Cause I keep tabs on it. I buy quality batteries and replace them way before they die. If someone has a dead battery and they need help, they better have cables cause I don't. In the end, is all their fault, dead battery, blowout tire, is all their fault for not caring.
Naegleria Fowleri (5 months ago)
DEBOSS GARAGE I live in Florida. No winter here. Icould buy cables, they are cheap, but I'd rather just call road assistance. If a stranger asks me to give him a boost, I would deny. I don't want my electronics possibly going to shit due to their possible shitty jumper cables. If they ask, I just say, I can't I have to be somewhere Lol
DEBOSS GARAGE (5 months ago)
Or a harsh winter. Idiot, or mother nature. One of the 2
finn bell (5 months ago)
this was awesome thanks
William Eric Cave II (6 months ago)
Im using the word "electronical" from now on
Hugo Seguin (6 months ago)
Cruise control in modern car turn itself off when a wheel slip and traction control kicks in
I already never let my car go below 1/4 tank, that shit is for emergency only, my dad barely ever has more than an 1/8 and its fucking stupid
Bjorn Ironsides (6 months ago)
EX-pessially?
Gus Y (6 months ago)
Just subbed. Great info. Thank you.
Woox Au (6 months ago)
Tip 9: Don’t let your blinker fluid get too low. It reduces the lifespan of your bulbs. Tip 10: Don’t rev your engine too hard when cold. It wears out the piston return springs.
John Doe (6 months ago)
Great information.
AbdelMajed Mohammed (6 months ago)
Thank you, very beneficial thank you
EB Lou Lou (7 months ago)
Really like your videos man, thank you very much
Dustin Turner (7 months ago)
What do you think about battery tenders to keep your battery longer?
Abstruseish (7 months ago)
Doesn't really apply to me at all. Maybe the bit about cold water in a radiator, but I have my doubts that will ever come up. 1982 jeep cj5
Patrick Shiloh (7 months ago)
I simply use Automotive Wolf car care software http://www.automotivewolf.com to manage the maintenance on all my vehicles. It sends me reminders when anything is due or needs to be checked and automatically creates a detailed vehicle maintenance log and parts list. If you ever want to sell your vehicle the maintenance log alone will get it sold quickly! I been using this software ofr my Prius since the day I bought it and I currently have 220K on my car without a single repair! Just keep up with your car maintenance schedule and you will avoid most repairs.
Mack Trucker (1 month ago)
I use it too and love it! Great software for any type of vehicle.
Chris Columbus (1 month ago)
Superb! I'm tracking 5 vehicle maintenance schedules using this software.
Freedom Cobra (7 months ago)
On a front wheel drive car, wouldn’t the suspension make up for the wheel size difference? I
Bo McGillacutty (7 months ago)
I had a 2 yr., maintenance free Autozone batt last ten yr.s recently.
Hugo (8 months ago)
Good point on the small spare + limited slip, would have totally missed this. Although I might have felt the car dragging a bit, who knows.
Hugo (8 months ago)
Only 3 years for a battery? Must be the low temps, they last up to 10 years down south.
asusmofo (3 months ago)
Ontario does not get that cold
Frank Geeraerts (6 months ago)
3 years under very cold winter conditions may explain the limited battery lifespan.......( Canada! )
Penny Dean (8 months ago)
Love your video hope you don't mind me sharing it on my website Aprils Household Tips & Tricks website on my Car Repair Tips page.
saban saulic (8 months ago)
Not certain about the points made but ,if anyone else wants to discover pcb repairs try Saankramer Electronic Magazine System (should be on google have a look ) ? Ive heard some interesting things about it and my m8 got amazing success with it.
Jallenbah (8 months ago)
#5 - This might be true of trucks, but very few passenger cars leave the factory with an LSD. There are some electrical systems like BMW's DTC which will brake a spinning drive wheel so you'll wear the brakes, but for the vast majority of cars which have an open diff I don't see that it should be a problem.
Victoria Ivankova Smith (8 months ago)
Very good.
Shane P (8 months ago)
tip #8 is totally not a thing. Please understand electricity more before saying silly stuff like this.
Ken Mackay (8 months ago)
Good info
A B (8 months ago)
A typical car battery will easily last 5+ years if not abused (multiple deep discharges). If your car is having difficulty starting and if your battery is 5 years old or older then you should consider changing it but until then preemptive replacement is just a waste of money. The shitty thing about a lot of car guys/mechanics is that they spread myths without having any real knowledge. Hardly anyone is a skeptic and most people just perpetuate the same baseless myths without any ounce of skepticism or scientific thought.
A B (8 months ago)
Yeah extreme temperatures definitely wreak havoc on batteries but saying "your batteries last about 3 years and that's it, whether it passes or not..." is such a mechanic (parts salesman) thing to say. If your battery passes a test and can provide the CCA required to start your vehicle, it likely doesn't need to be replaced yet. Your concern about alternators overcharging a dead battery when boosting a car is also completely baseless. Lead-acid batteries are capable of very high charge/discharge rates (hundreds of amps). Obviously it's hard on your battery to deplete it and boost it repeatedly but you are not going to damage it by briefly charging it with two alternators. More on topic, preemptive battery replacement is not an "easy way to prevent costly repairs". A failing battery poses no risk to the rest of your vehicle and if anything changing it twice as often as needed will needlessly double one aspect of your maintenance cost. When I clicked on this video I expected general advice regarding preventative maintenance for all vehicles. Instead all of the tips are highly specific, fictional or completely irrelevant as preventative maintenance. Don't kick your cold plastic bumper!
DEBOSS GARAGE (8 months ago)
It's our harsh climate of minus 35 Celsius and +35 Celsius that kills our batteries. I should have been more clear
Horse Rider (9 months ago)
I use Mobil 1 annual protection synthetic and Mobil 1 filter I Change oil every 6000 miles
Chad Mack (9 months ago)
it's good to see a real mechanic!! peace!!!!
VarinderSidhu ROMANS6 (9 months ago)
I have 2003 civic,which i bought in 2011 and i never changed the battery.
George Paulsen (9 months ago)
ThanX ~ But, I flush & change all oils & filters when aplicable every other year. Great video..
mikeaze423 (9 months ago)
And change your oil
ben franklin (9 months ago)
Pls do benz c class and e class 2003 to 2006 models plss
Robin Adil (10 months ago)
Thanks a lot dear... It was really informative
Tom O (10 months ago)
Change your timing belt every 3-4 years. If you have an interference engine and the timing belt breaks, you will need a new engine or new car.
Adam Smith (3 months ago)
Tom O If it has one, some cars have timing chains which don't need to be replaced for awhile (at least 100k miles, if not longer) if you keep up on oil changes.
DaBossk (10 months ago)
omg the canadian accent is fucking terrible
DEBOSS GARAGE (10 months ago)
I know eh?
Sparkii 22 (10 months ago)
Wise tips!! Thanks for sharing
Joe Jordan (10 months ago)
What is your opinion on cars that don't use power steering fluid but they have an electric motor in there
Joe Jordan (10 months ago)
Does this apply to a $240 Optima Red Top battery I use in my car they're supposed to last longer and have more power is this true0
Ed C (10 months ago)
Dumb shit. Just saying
Vexumy (10 months ago)
Are these troll? A battery will last 5 years, and usually more like 7. With a trans, you can pan drop. As for a spare tire, if you buy new tires, you should get a new spare.
Hajji Daoud (10 months ago)
If your truck has electronically locking diff, will it break with different tire sizes?
Mark Quigley (10 months ago)
Thank you for the tips.
Mike Cox (10 months ago)
A lot of good stuff! All the best.
John Sineni (10 months ago)
Battery can last way more than 3 years. Mine in my 2000 Sonoma is currently at year 8, and works fine, and tested good 9 months ago. I guess I got lucky it is a freak. I have a better than OEM alternator, it has a lifetime warranty. Maybe that is a reason it has lasted so long.
HO LEE FOOK (10 months ago)
Smoke weed everyday
Low Yeeliang (10 months ago)
cruise control is fine. It is the Driver's fault when the car crashes not the cruise control!
Kevin Hunter (10 months ago)
So I have a couple questions does it hurt to do a fluid and filter change on a high mileage transmission and with the spare tire thing what about all time 4x4 like my jeep grand Cherokee
Don Corleone (11 months ago)
Get one of those compact jump packs you can keep in the glove box.
Bob Elkin III (11 months ago)
Great video
chris St.Cililen (11 months ago)
what about battery recharger from auto zone
Cam Kenyon (11 months ago)
hey I have a 1990 firebird formula with 62k miles on it. Can I change the transmission fluid? its very old but doesnt have many miles...thanks
gleen sabuero (11 months ago)
hey ,if anyone else wants to discover pcb repair services try Saankramer Electronic Magazine System (do a google search ) ? Ive heard some great things about it and my brother in law got cool results with it.

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