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Basic Automotive Maintenance (Part 1)

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In this episode of Saturday Mechanic, Ben Wojdyla shows how to perform some basic maintenance on your vehicle. Find out how to do-it-yourself in this week's episode of Saturday Mechanic. In this episode, Popular Mechanics' Associate Auto Editor Ben Wojdyla: * Checks power steering, washer fluid, coolant, brake fluid, and engine oil * Checks and replaces air filter * Lubricates hood latch, hood, door, and trunk hinges * Checks tire pressure * Replaces windshield wipers Subscribe! http://bit.ly/subscribecaranddriver Connect with Ben Wojdyla: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/ben.wojdyla Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Ben_Wojdyla Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/bwojdyla Email: pmwebmaster@hearst.com Connect To Popular Mechanics: http://www.facebook.com/popularmechanics http://twitter.com/#!/popmech Connect to Car and Driver: Subscribe! http://bit.ly/subscribecaranddriver Twitter: http://bit.ly/tweetcaranddriver Facebook: http://on.fb.me/facebookcaranddriver Who says you can't work on your own car anymore? Follow Popular Mechanics associate auto editor Ben Wojdyla as he leads viewers, step by step, through repairs, upgrades, and troubleshooting tips. Got car questions? Email Ben, and he may answer them on the show.
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Jesse Meyer (3 days ago)
Haha spoiled by chrisfix this is hard to watch.
Princee Erick (4 days ago)
I don't know anything on doing cars
surrendeavour (10 days ago)
Thanks so much for this!
Vixy Velasquez (17 days ago)
I want to have sex with a mechanic . Fantasy 😂😛🤦‍♀️
jw2par (19 days ago)
Whats the easiest car to work on ? Wanted to get something to start with .
Soap Enthusiast (29 days ago)
I feel like there were a lot of crucial topics of automotive repair hit in this video that every car owner needs to know if they want to own a car. The big ones are reading tire pressure, checking oil levels, and checking your anti-freeze to identify leaks or low levels. For anyone who thinks they are ready to do their own mechanic work now, who thinks they could benefit from using their soap after working on their car? https://www.naturesgardencandles.com/candlemaking-soap-supplies/item/00mecsoa/-mechanics-soap-recipe.html
Emmanuel Koomson (1 month ago)
Please do you do online course?
Vegan Kidd (1 month ago)
How to open the hood ?
How do you change blinker fluid ? Like if u seen the video
Manuel Sanchez (1 month ago)
What happened to checking the bulbs and the log book playa????
Joe V (1 month ago)
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Andrew 24 (1 month ago)
Thank you for taking the time to make these videos! Going down the Mechanic path for school and hopefully work my way up to engineering. Thanks again -Andrew
Mick Taylor (1 month ago)
I check all the fluids every 2 weeks. One thing I've learned over the years is to keep up with the vehicle maintenance schedule in the owners manual and you extend the life of the vehicle and keep it running in good condition. I also use car maintenance and management software to track my maintenance schedule www.automotivewolf.com so I don't forget anything. Been using this software for 5 years and never had a major repair on any of my vehicles. It also creates a great vehicle maintenance log that I used to sell one of my vehicle very quickly.
Godfrey Tomanan (1 month ago)
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Komol Marak (2 months ago)
Sir, I met with an accident in my car the whole cooling system got damage. I kept the engine running for half n hour in idle position, a very bad smell came out of the engine do u think that it has damage the block head or the gasket.... Sir plz help me
RzVids (2 months ago)
Owners manual is useless... I needed my brakes changed, owners manual doesn’t tell how to do that. Doesn’t tell you how to change brake fluid, coolant. Do yourself a favor and buy a SERVICE manual for your car.
Abdelaziz Chikhsmail (3 months ago)
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sawsickness (3 months ago)
Gotta check the blinker fluid as well guys!
Playfulcook (3 months ago)
dodgey mechanics!!! I don't trust any of them. even the so called professionals.
Matthew Diaz (3 months ago)
How change battery of the car?
Hi i like your videos I'd like to learn this job maybe you need a helper?
Danny Versoza (4 months ago)
How many kilometer in one liter diesel engine?
Sam Sham (4 months ago)
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John Makahili Jr. (5 months ago)
Moving onto checking something else. Sounded like you were tired af after putting that air filter in haha.
gery grga (5 months ago)
Hi dear! I got one quick question which is this! what system is in closing lube or open lube mean ? in the same time before setting ignition timing should the system be in closing lube or feed back mode ? Thanks in advance.
Xavier Smith (5 months ago)
Did he really just replace a K&N for a wix air filter? 😂😂 I would be pissed if I was the owner
Classified Restricted (6 months ago)
You did not check the coolant either.
Classified Restricted (6 months ago)
What about the transmission fluid? You didn't check that.
Luis Vigoreaux (6 months ago)
azalru (6 months ago)
Prefer to vacuum the frunk on my Tesla Model 3.
Tyrannus (6 months ago)
ok but how often should each be checked
Jim Abbett (6 months ago)
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alvinraydj3 (6 months ago)
How do i change my blinker fluid?
alvinraydj3 (7 months ago)
I have a question do i have to work on my car on saturday? i have to work on weekends.
Skulltey (6 months ago)
alvinraydj3 lmao XD
Caleb Weerts (7 months ago)
“And it comes off just like that” as he’s still struggling to pull the wiper blade off...
Vol.6 66 (7 months ago)
This first video was rather helpful! I’ve always loved cars and I always will but I really wanna have more of an understanding of them and knowledge of repairing and maintenance on the engine!
The Micropaint (7 months ago)
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The Micropaint (7 months ago)
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The Micropaint (7 months ago)
Abdul Latif (7 months ago)
It looks very helpful, thank you
Farook Dubba (7 months ago)
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Sharonica Smallwood (8 months ago)
I thank God for this easy too do video! thanks Nicholas Cage!
KNO (8 months ago)
Dude you're a terrible mechanic. Maybe next time do the video with a car you have experience with?
Thomas Lanham (8 months ago)
I love your video content! **Problem** I have a 2005 GMC Yukon XL 5.3 Vin# 1GKEC16Z75J154574. Start no crank problem until 2nd start attempt. Checked fuel pressure at the test port on the fuel rail. With the Key on but not started the pressure indicates 25+- psi but quickly declines to 0. Checked after vehicle starts pressure holds steady at 48psi. Once vehicle cranks no problem accept a light rough idle. Fuel pump is original from factory. Current mileage is 241k. I don't see a fuel regulator to check. Anything else to do before replacing fuel pump. Hesitant to replace pump cause once cranked there are no problems. I thought fuel pump failure was all or nothing. Thank you for your help.
Cairo Murphy (8 months ago)
Mechanic is a dead end job unless you become a manager or a owner of a firm.
Claudio Callegari (9 months ago)
Not good instruction. The filter should be cleaned not replaced and there's no reason to shove it in there, just remove the fucking cover. poor camera work too bro, and by bro i mean never my bro
Cabdikariin Raabi (9 months ago)
Thanks teacher
Natasha Baker (10 months ago)
Drew Nelson (10 months ago)
Not the best camera views. His hand was in the way most of the time.
Ahilesh Ahilesh (10 months ago)
Please tell about mechanical basic Concept
Sarah Silvers (10 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
Angela Pomaski (10 months ago)
How many here are female and trying to learn more about cars?
Feel4 The Pain (6 days ago)
Angela Pomaski here, am studying automotive which is awesome
Jessica Galey (15 days ago)
lol me
Kabuuzah Kabuuzah (29 days ago)
Rinny Marie gl !! Lol
Rinny Marie (29 days ago)
I'm interning at a shop tomorrow, my dad got me the internship and they know that I know little to nothing but I dont wanna feel stupid and clueless 😂😂
Kabuuzah Kabuuzah (1 month ago)
Hater Funny Solo idk , no one has ever taught me , no father, brother , shit like that, I'm 21,and just now learning through YouTube, one way or another
naren cool (11 months ago)
hello im naren, wondering changing oil whats the best time or year to change , also wanting know that if I where to change my engine to say a v8 or v10 whats the best option to aviod less gas usage. Whats the most popluar oil to use and to have good transmission
writerspen010 (11 months ago)
Honestly, I don't feel like I learned anything. I can't tell what I'm supposed to be looking for with the camera either being so far away or obnoxiously zoomed in to the point that I can't tell where in the car he's working on...
lolblic (6 months ago)
Use the goddamn manual!
Matthew Thompson (11 months ago)
left at destroying the air filter lol
MsPoohdy (11 months ago)
u said not to used the break fluid after 3 weeks is that after purchase or look at the expiration date at the store then judge from the date that's my first question next does all car air filter come in the same size or does size varies and what's the exact tire pressure for the average standard coupe
Jefferson Sierra (1 year ago)
lol I'm watching th is Saturday morning haha what a coincidence.
Mitchell Blackburn (1 year ago)
This guy is not a fucking mechanic....He just replaced a K and N filter AND he just shoved a paper filter in the fucking housing and damaged the fucking filter...Also "Uhh this airfilter housing looks a little different". IT'S A FUCKING AUDI! How the fuck did that throw you off????
jeolban hälfte (1 year ago)
Besides these videos what is the best way to learn about cars? I currently live at home and the car I drive is my parents' and they won't let me explore around... it's also 2016 so it's in good shape. I don't plan on becoming an expert but I do want to know how to do the basics myself and understand what my friends are talking about when they fire off "car talk."
Nice video
Chipmunkski (1 year ago)
there is a toyota vitz 2002-2004 (same engine with this toyota yaris / echo), and there is a squeaking/squealing sound somewhat like a belt when slow turning while running (aircon turned on).. owner replaced the bellt but sound still exists. it occurs occasionally specially in slow turn.. what could be the problem?
sandiego11calif (1 year ago)
You're forgetting something REALLY important when checking fluids: Check them when the car is WARM, not cold, especially oil. Oil in a cold car has settled and does not give an accurate reading. Also, a dab of vasoline on the air filter clamps will make it easier to put the clamps back on. Also, what's with the black tape on the can of lubricant? Are you afraid of showing the brand name of a competitor? It's rather tacky.....and I truly doubt the manufacturer will hate you if you leave the black tape OFF of the can. It looks tacky boys. Brake fluid: NOT use an opened bottle of brake fluid? Where did you get this? I've been driving for over 40 plus years, I've NEVER had a problem with using a previously open bottle of brake fluid however, if you're THAT afraid of contamination getting into the bottle, put the bottle into a plastic bag and tie it off to avoid ANY contamination. Really....I've never had a problem and I sure as Hell am not about to dump a good bottle of brake fluid.
armando f24 (1 year ago)
is that a b5? 🤔
Sanjay S (1 year ago)
Thanks! That was very useful!
sirajudeen Shamsudeen (1 year ago)
Lazaro Gonzalez (1 year ago)
Hi. I have a 2005 Honda Pilot does not start the engine and the brake pedal is stiff that could be that
Patrick Onofre (1 year ago)
forget to mention the part about changing the air in tires according to the season's!
እናቴ ኢትዮ (1 year ago)
thanks dear for your kindness
Baby Blue Couch (1 year ago)
I'm 14 and in a better mechanic that bitch, he was so careless with the way he did things. take your time, don't break the goddam car
Huide Yin (1 year ago)
it's good to know that put the air filter cover back may take a little efforts, some video just cut it off and make it looks too easy; it makes people think `am i doing the right thing now, should this be so hard`.
Munsur Ahmed (1 year ago)
I have to do this for my exam
unknown (1 year ago)
Welcome to YouTube where everyone is a professional critic. SARCASM. Thanks for the video, not easy trying to help people.
AmericPet (1 year ago)
Thank you! That was a good refresher, I appreciated it.
rickcavanaugh1 (1 year ago)
Everyone who has watched this guys vids.... Go check out Chris Fix. Much better!
Jesus Garcia (1 year ago)
i want to learn how to fix cars
JustLikeThe Boss (1 year ago)
Jesus Garcia Then learn it
I Ren (1 year ago)
It's absurd how they charge you hundreds of dollars to replace or fix basic stuff. I'm a trained technician. I've worked on projects for the army, navy, air force and homeland security. I can fix stuff just fine at a fraction of the cost.
Clint Hightower (1 year ago)
Here is a copy of my free book for anyone who wants to get started learning how to perform basic vehicle maintenance on their car. https://www.dropbox.com/s/mcwpv0rb7lun038/0%20Entire%20book%20with%20covers%20and%20QRC%20for%20eBay.pdf?dl=0
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Dave L (6 months ago)
Thank you so much sir.
asdf (7 months ago)
hey thanks buddy this is real nice!
Isaac Lok (8 months ago)
thank you so much sir
rdubby (10 months ago)
Exactly what I was looking for, you are a hero!
DarthZak (1 year ago)
I mean I love cars and my cousin is a technician. i work as a porter and would love to learn about being a technician. but have no basic knowledge of maintenance on cars but I really want to learn.
WaffleCat3367 (1 year ago)
I want to be a mechanic when i'm older
Jared Cox (1 month ago)
WaffleCat3367 How do you plan on learning about cars? Are you going to go to school to learn car mechanics?
rose osmond (1 year ago)
WaffleCat3367 me too
kids yousef (1 year ago)
Really bad maintenance advice throwing k&n air filter
Satyam Patel (1 year ago)
Mohamed Osama lol no
Mohamed Osama (1 year ago)
can't he just wash the filter with water and put it back on?
Gonaz Bogan (1 year ago)
bro did u do the voice over for Lester on gta5
Darksyne (1 year ago)
Did he just seriously replace that K&N filter with a regular paper one? Smh... thats what those stickers were for on the intake moron -.-
Zoro (1 month ago)
This video shows the basics, I don't think a beginner would notice the type of filter he was using
pissed dude (2 months ago)
as the title says "Basic Automotive Maintenance (Part 1)" , not stupids/retards way to maintain your car!!!!!
PacoJr M (7 months ago)
Darksyne /
xSnowy (9 months ago)
if you know how why are you watching?
Natasha Baker (10 months ago)
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Ramsses Patterson (1 year ago)
How would you check if the radiator has sufficient coolant?
Alex (1 year ago)
+Ramsses Patterson you're welcome
Ramsses Patterson (1 year ago)
Thank you Alex
Alex (1 year ago)
if there's coolant in the reservoir you shouldn't worry about it unless your car starts overheating, but if you need to check, wait until the car is cool, and open the cap that's on the directly on top of radiator (most cars have it there, or do as the video says and "check the owners manual")
very useful information .
Uptown Uptown (2 years ago)
Did this crackhead just put the screw driver on the hood?
Richard Vaughan (2 years ago)
+ChrisFix this would be such an awesome video idea, I'd love to see your version. " 10 things all first time car owners should know new car or used " Lol
Bilal Aouzellag (2 years ago)
Is it easy to be mechanic ????
xX squeaker Xx (1 year ago)
It gets hard at times but it beats sitting in a cubicle surrounded by 100 other cubicles punching in number and watching dog vids on break.
English Bulldog (2 years ago)
no, tf, unless you're good with cars, then maybe you'll just need some pointers.
Bilal Aouzellag (2 years ago)
Is it easy to be mechanic ????
Alex (1 year ago)
it depends on your own ability and love for cars.
2jz Gabe (1 year ago)
+xX squeaker Xx then yeah you should be good
xX squeaker Xx (1 year ago)
+Gabriel Bahena What if we are good test takers.
2jz Gabe (1 year ago)
+xX squeaker Xx not easy as well, you would need to take test because car companies come up with new things to add to the cars. It's getting even harder now since electrical is being added more and more to these modern cars
xX squeaker Xx (1 year ago)
+Gabriel Bahena what about a certified technician?
Ghostt Mann (2 years ago)
Doing my own studying before I get hired as a general technician with Bridgestone God willing so that I can have knowledge of auto repair and this is very informative, thank you all for uploading this and taking the time to make it. I live in San Antonio, TX. GO SPURS GO and a big shot out the RIO GRANDE VALLEY, CAMERON< WILLACY< HIDALGO AND STARR counties. HARLINGEN,TX is where I grew up on S.16th and Little Creek. God bless
miketh33 (2 years ago)
dang no gloves? rough lyfe
Death Pal (5 months ago)
xX squeaker Xx for us
xX squeaker Xx (1 year ago)
Its a hard knock life
Mark 001 (2 years ago)
Where can I buy a can of beep? My horn is faint.
Valerie Paster (1 month ago)
benjamin lopez (1 year ago)
Mark 001 dude 😂
xX squeaker Xx (1 year ago)
A can of beep oh you mean air horn hmm?
xX squeaker Xx (1 year ago)
Meat Dragon (2 years ago)
That head light fluid looks a little low. You might want to top that off.
j may (2 years ago)
I love how simple your tutorials are! Can I request a full tutorial on a 1994 Mk4 automatic Toyota Supra?
Craig Clark (2 years ago)
looks more like dean from eastenders haha
altha2008 (2 years ago)
Just decided to learn more about auto repair. I'm 55 Disable due to Parkinson. Money is tight being on SSDI. Last year I learn Gardening growing a lot of food in our back yard helped with our food bill. Now. this year my goal is to learn auto repair. Just got hit with a $400.00 car repair bill. I can do basic stuff like checking the fluids changing batteries, changing head lights. I even change the spark plugs, I know that can to everything at home, can you help me get started. Thanks was thinking about take a auto class at a Vocational school just to learn the basics.
ChanceTheMenace (1 month ago)
altha2008 hey bud hope you are well.
Grateful (1 year ago)
altha2008 Are you still alive grandpa❤️?
Jake Maple (1 year ago)
+lol no he didn't that's sad
lol (1 year ago)
+Caleb Stevens he gona😢😢
PlatinumGGS (2 years ago)
five months later, hows your learning going?
OniJon (2 years ago)
Yay for modern (audi) engineering. Cannot even change air filter easily.
Trent Brenneman (2 years ago)
Yeah Audi also requires you to use the in car Multimedia interface (MMI) system to check the oil level instead of the usual dipstick way like with most vehicles
G String (2 years ago)
Dude Thank You very informative...
ukLeeham720 (2 years ago)
Why are you black in the video thumbnail?
xX squeaker Xx (1 year ago)
Really dude xD

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