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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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Joel Francois (6 days ago)
How does one become a mechanic ?I have interest of becoming one I love cars and wanna learn how to fix them. I really hope I can be one when I'm 16 without going to school for it. But how does one become a mechanic
Jorge salas (7 days ago)
The other day i noticed my car was low on blinker fluid but no autoparts in my area know what that is....
whau (12 days ago)
Ninjawalrus Official (12 days ago)
I'm on like five hours of car mechanic 2015 and I'm like Indeed. Yes the lithium grease. Tire pressure good
ALLAINE GAMING (16 days ago)
I wanna ba car mechanic someday because i love cars and i'm interest those cars when i was a kid i know all of the supercars and sports cars that's why i wanna become a mechanical engineer
Martin The Panda (18 days ago)
How many here are pandas and trying to learn more about cars?
Ronald McCready (22 days ago)
I just changed my front brake pads on my 2004 Chrysler T/C 3.3 V6 van. I als checked my rear drum brakes, everything appeared to look good. My problem is when I go out in the morning and start my car when I start driving it sounds like something is dragging in the rear wheels. This only happens when I first start to drive. After go a short distance it goes away. When I say a short distance I mean less than a mile. For the rest of the day it's fine. Any ideas. Mccreron
Luck Benny Toussaint (1 month ago)
i dont ever want to work for people one day in life SHOP OWNER
Dathan Walters (1 month ago)
I have a 1963 ford galaxy and I want to replace the original engine with a fuel efficient engine that gets 40miles per gallon or an electric engine that doesn't run on fuel gas. What can I use please to will replace the original engine, will the motor mounts have to be replaced also? If I replace the original engine will have to replace the original transmission, differential,  radiator?
Minions Minions (1 month ago)
On my Suzuki celario meter the mileage disappeared. Can anyone tell how to get the mileage appeared again please
muy griz (2 months ago)
Does it matter the type of fluid for power steering?
Brad On Cars (1 month ago)
Best to check your car's owner's manual for specifics (or google it). It can be a big deal if you use the wrong stuff. Also if it is losing fluid that means something is leaking. It's not like oil where the motor is expected to use a little between changes (typically). Good luck! I wrench too and do my best to share what I know! -Brad @bradoncars
Etoic (2 months ago)
Guys just stick a banana in your exhaust if there’s weird stuff coming out of it
Jorge Ayala (2 months ago)
Nice video but you really lack on details
Slavic Blyat (2 months ago)
You so dirty man, clean your shit. You not fucking professional
Mohammad matroud (2 months ago)
sorry man I stopped watching after you replaced K&N filter which should be washed and oiled !
B5RS4 (3 months ago)
That B5 tho! 👍🏽
Tyler Charron (3 months ago)
Questions about how many miles to check air filters
Study Guru (4 months ago)
bro me alone took that key chain from my petrol tank that accidently fallen from my hand into petrol tank by removing the petrol tank sensor after that I properly fixed it.but now another problem arised after that,my bike engine gets heated suddenly after starting(within 1 minutes) actually not engine but the pipe to the silencer and an unusual smell(something burning inside it) like that smell coming from engine and I don't know how it happen bro please reply me why this unusual smell coming out any problem arised to my engine??????
emilio ochoa (4 months ago)
fallenSlave (4 months ago)
Thank you. In colledge I learned auto mechanics.
Willie Copeland jr (4 months ago)
Anyone else here to study up and learn a trade? Just asking
Arturas Roskovskis (3 months ago)
Jesse Meyer (5 months ago)
Haha spoiled by chrisfix this is hard to watch.
Princee Erick (5 months ago)
I don't know anything on doing cars
Brad On Cars (1 month ago)
They are not that scary so long as you pay attention to a few key things before you start! I now work on all my cars (even the air suspension in my old Merc wagon!). Just be safe and do a little research. They are pretty darn easy once you know a thing or two! -Brad @bradoncars
surrendeavour (5 months ago)
Thanks so much for this!
Vixy Velasquez (5 months ago)
I want to have sex with a mechanic . Fantasy 😂😛🤦‍♀️
jw2par (5 months ago)
Whats the easiest car to work on ? Wanted to get something to start with .
Soap Enthusiast (5 months 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 (5 months ago)
Please do you do online course?
Vegan Kidd (5 months ago)
How to open the hood ?
Tazmaniandevil6969. Pat (6 months ago)
How do you change blinker fluid ? Like if u seen the video
Brad On Cars (1 month ago)
Blinker fluid is too dangerous for the home mechanic... ;)
Manuel Sanchez (6 months ago)
What happened to checking the bulbs and the log book playa????
Joe V (6 months ago)
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Sam Sam (6 months ago)
Andrew 24 (6 months 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 (6 months 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.
Chris Columbus (1 month ago)
Great software! Thanks for the tip.
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Komol Marak (7 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 (7 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.
Brad On Cars (1 month ago)
Exactly. >Shop manual< is what you need for the how-to. Owner's manual just tells you what fluids to buy, when to service the car, etc.
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sawsickness (8 months ago)
Gotta check the blinker fluid as well guys!
Playfulcook (8 months ago)
dodgey mechanics!!! I don't trust any of them. even the so called professionals.
Matthew Diaz (8 months ago)
How change battery of the car?
Brad On Cars (1 month ago)
Remove old one; insert new one... ;) So long as you buy the correct replacement it should be reasonably straightforward for cars that have the battery under the hood. Some german cars have them underneath (or in the hatch i.e. BMW X5s from a few years ago). You'll have to reprogram your radio but that's easy...
Hi i like your videos I'd like to learn this job maybe you need a helper?
Danny Versoza (9 months ago)
How many kilometer in one liter diesel engine?
Sam Sham (9 months ago)
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John Makahili Jr. (10 months ago)
Moving onto checking something else. Sounded like you were tired af after putting that air filter in haha.
gery grga (10 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 (10 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 (10 months ago)
You did not check the coolant either.
Classified Restricted (10 months ago)
What about the transmission fluid? You didn't check that.
Luis Vigoreaux (11 months ago)
azalru (11 months ago)
Prefer to vacuum the frunk on my Tesla Model 3.
Tyrannus (11 months ago)
ok but how often should each be checked
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alvinraydj3 (11 months ago)
How do i change my blinker fluid?
alvinraydj3 (1 year ago)
I have a question do i have to work on my car on saturday? i have to work on weekends.
Skulltey (11 months ago)
alvinraydj3 lmao XD
Caleb Weerts (1 year ago)
“And it comes off just like that” as he’s still struggling to pull the wiper blade off...
Vol.6 66 (1 year 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!
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Micropaint (1 year ago)
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Micropaint (1 year ago)
Abdul Latif (1 year ago)
It looks very helpful, thank you
Farook Dubba (1 year ago)
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Sharonica Smallwood (1 year ago)
I thank God for this easy too do video! thanks Nicholas Cage!
KNO (1 year ago)
Dude you're a terrible mechanic. Maybe next time do the video with a car you have experience with?
J. Thomas Lanham (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Mechanic is a dead end job unless you become a manager or a owner of a firm.
Claudio Callegari (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Thanks teacher
Natasha Baker (1 year ago)
Drew Nelson (1 year ago)
Not the best camera views. His hand was in the way most of the time.
Ahilesh Ahilesh (1 year ago)
Please tell about mechanical basic Concept
Sarah Silvers (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
How many here are female and trying to learn more about cars?
Rhiannon Farrow (12 days ago)
Ioni B. (14 days ago)
kelman221 (16 days ago)
I am a male trying to learn to drive cars, spent half my short adult life not having a car to drive due to living circumstance (military) so I never picked up anything or had to learn anything really.
Dapdoi Ardon (24 days ago)
I wanna do you
Brad On Cars (1 month ago)
I have two daughters and when they grow up I will teach them everything I know about cars! Then they won't need to rely on anyone (or shady shops that take advantage of people's fear). Good luck!
naren cool (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (11 months ago)
Use the goddamn manual!
Matthew Thompson (1 year ago)
left at destroying the air filter lol
MsPoohdy (1 year 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
Brad On Cars (1 month ago)
For tire pressure use 32 pounds all around. That's a good baseline.
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?
Brad On Cars (1 month ago)
New belts need to be tightened after they stretch a little after the first few weeks! It's very straightforward. Hit me up on my channel (bradoncars) and I will do a video on it if you like!
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.
Default Name (26 days ago)
I cant believe you even tried to comment. Ive been a mechanic for 23 years. I hope you do some research on checking your oil. Every mechanic knows that when engine oil settles thats the best time to check it. You check transmission fluid while the car is warm and running in park. WHATS THE PROBLEM WITH YOU??? SHAKING MY HEAD AND WALKING AWAY.. You said it right, you been driving for 40 years. So has my grandma!! Fucking idiot research about being a good critic who at least knows what the fuck he is talking about. YOU DUMB FUCK!!!!! Brake fluid absorbs oxygen so its not good to use a opened container regardless if the top is on, especially if its been sitting around for too long. Who taught you about being a mechanic sir? 40 years of your mouth running 100 mph!! YOU FUCKING SWOLLEN ASSHOLE!
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!
Fekade Agede (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 (2 years 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 (11 months ago)
Thank you so much sir.
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Isaac Lok (1 year ago)
thank you so much sir
rdubby (1 year ago)
Exactly what I was looking for, you are a hero!

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