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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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Hugo (7 days 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 (7 days ago)
Only 3 years for a battery? Must be the low temps, they last up to 10 years down south.
Penny Dean (10 days 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 (10 days 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 (18 days 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.
Very good.
Shane P (29 days ago)
tip #8 is totally not a thing. Please understand electricity more before saying silly stuff like this.
Ken Mackay (29 days ago)
Good info
A B (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
I use Mobil 1 annual protection synthetic and Mobil 1 filter I Change oil every 6000 miles
Chad Mack (1 month ago)
it's good to see a real mechanic!! peace!!!!
VarinderSidhu ROMANS6 (1 month ago)
I have 2003 civic,which i bought in 2011 and i never changed the battery.
George Paulsen (1 month ago)
ThanX ~ But, I flush & change all oils & filters when aplicable every other year. Great video..
mikeaze423 (2 months ago)
And change your oil
ben franklin (2 months ago)
Pls do benz c class and e class 2003 to 2006 models plss
Robin Adil (2 months ago)
Thanks a lot dear... It was really informative
Tom O (2 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.
DaBossk (2 months ago)
omg the canadian accent is fucking terrible
DEBOSS GARAGE (2 months ago)
I know eh?
Sparkii 22 (2 months ago)
Wise tips!! Thanks for sharing
Joe Jordan (2 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 (2 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 (2 months ago)
Dumb shit. Just saying
Vexumy (2 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 (2 months ago)
If your truck has electronically locking diff, will it break with different tire sizes?
Mark Quigley (2 months ago)
Thank you for the tips.
Mike Cox (2 months ago)
A lot of good stuff! All the best.
John Sineni (2 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 FUK (2 months ago)
Smoke weed everyday
Low Yeeliang (2 months ago)
cruise control is fine. It is the Driver's fault when the car crashes not the cruise control!
Kevin Hunter (2 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 (3 months ago)
Get one of those compact jump packs you can keep in the glove box.
Bob Elkin III (3 months ago)
Great video
chris St.Cililen (3 months ago)
what about battery recharger from auto zone
Cam Kenyon (3 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 (4 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.
Isaac Grant (4 months ago)
I love how i could tell he was Canadian after the first 30 seconds
Cam Mims (4 months ago)
What about AWD Cars. I have my spare on the back driver side right now been on for avout 2 weeks now. I put some 22" Rims on but the Spare i have on is this huge 17" tire am i fkn up the Diff that way? should i put back on the 22" rim? The rim is Cracked so it keeps making my tire flat thats why ion have it on right now. 2007 Yukon Denali XL
Cam Mims (4 months ago)
So just keep airing my tire every night ? that shit sill get old real fast.... you know
DEBOSS GARAGE (4 months ago)
YES, CHANGE THAT TIRE. Your center diff is screaming right now
little big bro (4 months ago)
my truck battery is from 2009 and still going strong
Jay Gold (4 months ago)
This is more tips than maintenance.
Andrew Browner (4 months ago)
tip for the different size truck tire issue.. you can deflate the larger tire and if you have a compressor inflate the smaller one until the distance from the center of the wheel to the ground is the same on both sides.. obviously not for a 500km trip but to get home itll save your diff
Charles Williams (5 months ago)
everything clearly explained, nice one!
Peter B. (5 months ago)
Good driving advice bad mechanical advice.
M.C. Squared (5 months ago)
Wow 😊! Thanks! I learned a lot! :)
TakeDeadAim (5 months ago)
If #5 were true there'd be cars sitting in ditches everywhere. Although in AWD cars(especially some older Subaru's) keeping the same size is critical just tossing a smaller spare on will NOT wreck your diff in 10 miles...or even 100 miles. Replace it as soon as practical but don't fly into a panic. The best tip was not flushing your trans fluid though...that is true. Batteries? Eh...I've had batteries last 9 years/200k miles. I've had some last 3. My rule of thumb is that the first time your car struggles to start, goes dead etc...OUT with it. Also, good tip with the fuel pump. Run it out of fuel especially and it going to go sooner than later. The fuel keeps the motor cool...
DEBOSS GARAGE (5 months ago)
On a truck with limited slip it is true, it happened to me. Our batteries don't last because of our -30 C to +30 C climate
1991tommygun (5 months ago)
Ive been running the same battery 8 years, running on empty for years and 300k still strong
Reddylion (5 months ago)
Raymond Bell (5 months ago)
Really helpful thank you. I will click subscribe.
David S (5 months ago)
I miss my 1991 Buick LeSabre. I used to kick the shit out of the bumpers because they were metal! Nothing better than a beater.
Kyle Warburton (6 months ago)
What if you have a portable battery pack charger to boost your car, is that reasonable for newer cars
howiboy (6 months ago)
Great video grease face
D-G-A-F (6 months ago)
#5 is bullshit. You won't destroy your differential. It will run hotter.
Al Ward (6 months ago)
My battery in a 1980 VW is 15 years old , a Sears diehard and a1992 golf with a 10 year old Kirkland battery from Costco , they are charged once a mouth for 4 hours on a 6 amp trickle charge . And I use battery warmers in the winter . So for me you are way off track on your battery advice
Robert (6 months ago)
Thumbs up.
P Kuudsk (7 months ago)
How to save money on a oil change ,don't pay for a grease job. Most new cars don't have any grease nipples.
P Kuudsk (7 months ago)
You missed a ton ,keep you windshield clean on the inside,don't let water stand ,vacuum your car,keep tire pressures up ,check every month, do your oil changes on time, don't leave spark plugs in for ever, air filter both cabin and eng,change brake fluid, never let you blinker fluid get low,turn the oil cap from 710 to read oil ,grease the seat so you have more g's in a turn ,replace valve caps with green ones or chrome , never signal when a bmw is near ,park in the middle of the road at any mustang meet never near a curb. AND #1 ALWASY HAVE DUCT TAPE AND ZIP TIES .
turdsandwicher (7 months ago)
pfft not jumping other people cars... I've done it hundreds of times and rev it up as well. No problems.
Sarah Silvers (7 months ago)
I found myself stranded on a busy highway. I was got a tow truck out to me in less than 30 minutes. I found a company that offers unlimited roadside assistance. Just google ricks vehicle protection
david ducovny (7 months ago)
My Car battery dies and needs to be replaced every 2years 350 days ,this guy is dead on right .
CaptainXero (7 months ago)
I have a brand new 2017 Camaro SS. Been driving it for 3 months now. Always fill it up until the low fuel light comes on. Going to have to stop doing that from now on. Thanks!
Дядя Федя (7 months ago)
In Colorado they last 2 years due to frequent weather changes, I keep my batter receipt
Daniel Peixoto Martins (7 months ago)
A battery only lasts for 3 years?!?!? Well, tell that to my Citroen with it's 8 yo battery, to my Renault with it's 9yo battery or to my dad's Renault that we have lost track of how old the battery is... probably 10 or more
kingmike40 (7 months ago)
The battery in my 2004 F150 lasted 6 years and it was still good when I realized the age and changed it. The battery in my 2015 subaru lasted less then 3 years, but I have put 90000 miles on the subaru in less then 3 years. I didn't drive the F150 that much so I guess that is the difference. Changing the fuel filter can prevent damage to the fuel pump. I don't know about the cars with the filter in the tank.
D Tom (8 months ago)
I maintain four family vehicles and replace the batteries at the five year mark. Never had any problem with no starts less than five years.
Max Stevens (8 months ago)
What about those portable battery bank jump starters?
DEBOSS GARAGE (8 months ago)
They work fine
GangSquad (8 months ago)
1:54 looks like a duck
Megh Shah (8 months ago)
Great video but take a breath man
denise mcc (8 months ago)
Always turn,off a/c so,it doesn't draw battery power when you crank it on.
Jared Stillman (8 months ago)
About the trans flushes what if you have a manual trans. What can I do to make sure my manual trans doesn't go or the gears go bye bye.
wb5704 (8 months ago)
electronical problems lmao
Chris Trick (8 months ago)
My Mercedes battary lasted 12 years. Changed it last year
impretzel (8 months ago)
Fuel actually flows through the pump motor and around the windings, so as long as its pumping fuel, it's being cooled. Why would any company design a car with a fuel pump that could overheat and potentially cause a fire by running low on fuel, that makes no sense.
impretzel (8 months ago)
Burning out the windings is heat, excessive heat in a gas tank is dangerous. Fuel flows through the pump cooling the windings in all pumps I've ever taken apart. As long as there's fuel flow, it's fine.
DEBOSS GARAGE (8 months ago)
It doesn't catch fire, it burns the windings out.
tjk6277 (8 months ago)
philip lubduck (8 months ago)
my battery has a 5 year warranty I would never replace it early. with a 5 year warranty is should last 6-7 years before any issues.
Slavko Glamočanin (8 months ago)
I'm from eastern europe, what is this cruise control you speak of?
Shepperd November (8 months ago)
I'm a retired mechanic now selling auto parts and handing out advice. You are 1 smart Canuck! I've preached this same "shpeal" for years only to have it fall on deaf ears! You're in Canada (extreme cold) and I'm in Florida (extreme heat). Both can be hard on car batteries! As far as jump starting --- SPOT ON! That's why I carry jump boxes! But 1 mechanic to another we both know most drivers only know "GAG"! Gas and go! Stay warm my north of the border brother!
OptimisticPessimist (8 months ago)
I never thought about that spare tire issue being so bad. Now I'm glad that my flat tire wasn't a drive tire. I drove farther than that to the tire shop for a repair.
McLean Blades (8 months ago)
Is 100K miles to many to do a transmission fluid flush?
wtf richard (8 months ago)
Any list like this should include oil changes. Because that is the single most important thing. You might be shocked at the number of people who don't know this.
hostilityy (8 months ago)
I definitely had my Oreilly brand car battery for 6 and a half years until I just decided to change it because of paranoia. it still worked. I'm in houston TX which is very hot and humid. batteries are a luck of the draw sometimes. some last 8months while some last 8years
copperlocks1 (8 months ago)
Take care of your lungs!..you sound out of breath
EllysaE (8 months ago)
It baffles me how many people use cruise in traffic or on poor weather.
USMC (8 months ago)
what about an AGM batttery
T Crash (8 months ago)
The spare tire possibly being a different size is about the most (only) correct thing on here.
Noob noob Mr Sulu (8 months ago)
I got a tip for you don't hotwire your appliances to your outlet box without an outlet receptacle and an outlet cover.
the one. (8 months ago)
You can change the trans fluid just dont flush with high milage just drain old fluid and change the filter
Chandler (9 months ago)
This guy is full of shit.
memillionthdollarshow (8 months ago)
What's not right, may I ask? The kicking your car one should be at least a no-brainer.
Pik Nik (9 months ago)
Tip #2! thanks for that. i always run my car close to empty about 50-80kms dte and then fill up. thanks for the info!
Katene Durie-Doherty (9 months ago)
What do you consider a high mileage car? just got mine at 92,000 and thinking about servicing the transmission?
cloud ix (9 months ago)
wish i saw this sooner rip my subaru diff due to the spare -.-
lars (9 months ago)
why not buy a new car every 3 years becourse he can break down?? not really usefull tips im sorry
mcinkyt (9 months ago)
Factory batteries are good for 10 years. OEM replacements are junk, although when traveling in America in 2002 I had to put new batteries in my diesel and they're still good
Victor hobson (9 months ago)
Electronical? Lmao. I've said before too
308wce 05 (9 months ago)
oil change every 4000 kilometers
jewllake (9 months ago)
When you did the semi " international" pull in your tahoe were you using the np246 auto track transfer case?
AnhYeuEmMaiMai69 (9 months ago)
cheap batteries only last three years... Good ones last much longer...
Steve Franklin (7 months ago)
AnhYeuEmMaiMai69 after 42 years of driving, I found cheap or expensive, they last about the same, my experience anyways.
Daniel Madden (9 months ago)
You are more informative than other mechanics.
Daniel Madden (9 months ago)
Do larger after market wheels have any negative effect on the drive train
DEBOSS GARAGE (9 months ago)
As long as the tire diameter stays the same, no. The bigger the tire, the more torque it takes to rotate them and move them. Bigger (lets say mud tires) will make the steering work harder, put more load on ball joints and the driveline in general. It will also throw off the speedometer
Clive Bluston (9 months ago)
7 years, 115,000km battery is still going strong.
A B (1 month ago)
The primary purpose of an automotive battery is to start the vehicle. You realize that of all the features you listed only heated seats have any appreciable current draw? On top of that you do realize that while the car is running all of these accessories are powered by the alternator and the battery only steps in when the draw exceeds what the alternator can provide or when the vehicle is not running? Very uncommon especially given modern vehicles have high output alternators. I just recently replaced the factory batteries in my 2010 and 2011 BMWs (famous for their "electronic do dads") and I live in Canada where it frequently reaches below -25C in winter. At this temperature lead-acid batteries perform at less than 50% of their rated cranking amperage so in a milder climate these batteries would still be good.
Xachremos (2 months ago)
mark williams (5 months ago)
Try doing that with a newer model car with all the electronic do dads . Most older cars do not have all the battery sucking equipment . Blu tooth , rare traffic alerts , cameras, blind spots monitoring, heated seats , remote start etc...
666dynomax (6 months ago)
i hear ya, i changed an 11 year old battery at 170000kms. factory original... truck was built in japan, couldn't even read the label on the battery. might have had CA/CCA in english and that was it!
n325aej (9 months ago)
my petrol 1.2 Ford fiesta battery lasted 17 years. my diesel 2L Ford Transit battery lasted 11 years. I'm in England
Mister Hat (9 months ago)
Your battery is going to die in three years? What? Do you buy batteries at Kmart? The Motorcraft battery in my mustang made it six and a half years. And I still got a dozen bucks back because the warranty is seven years.
Brittdy Brittdy (8 months ago)
Battery life varies with the climate. Heat is the real killer for any battery although you need a decent one to carry the starter load in cold. A great tip is to always start your car with the AC fan in summer, heater in Winter turned off for the first minute.
Mister Hat (9 months ago)
Ah. Thanks. That makes more sense.
DEBOSS GARAGE (9 months ago)
I should have stated that we live in a climate of -30*C to +30*C. with cold starts and constant heat cycles, they don't last in our area.

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