Learning how to maintain and perform simple repairs is a critical skill to learn. Most people at this time do not know how to do this. Unless you take a shop class in a high school geared towards vehicle care and repair, it is not a skill that is taught. Fathers used to teach it to their sons and daughters in order for them to know what to do, but that is becoming a lost skill too.
Now, you need to teach yourselves. Lucky for us, there is a plethora of videos and websites that show us how to do this. If you are fortunate enough to find someone who knows how to maintain and repair a vehicle, please ask them to teach you. While I used to be able to do a lot of my own repairs and maintenance, I find that my skills are getting rusty. I need to learn how to do this again too.
Some of you have new or newer vehicles that you may not be able to work on due to the computer or how much has changed in cars and trucks. I would look for a Haynes Repair Manual specific to your vehicle. I would recommend you pick one up no matter what year your vehicle is. However, newer vehicles can be difficult to repair, but you should still learn to maintain them to the best of your abilities.
This list of must-have items can look different for everyone. It can be difficult to have and keep all these things, but I have learned from others that they are very important to have on hand. Once you acquire these things, please learn how to use them. They can save you a lot of money in labor costs from the mechanic. You may also need to repair your car on the road and will need to know how to use these things.
20 Must-Have Items For Vehicle Maintenance and Repairs
1. Oil Filter Wrench
2. Oil and Filters
4. Air Filter
5. Power Steering Fluid and Transmission Fluid
7. Wiper Fluid
8. Tools like a screwdriver set and a metric and standard socket set
10. Battery tester and charger
11. Tire Pressure Gauge
12. Tire Repair Kit
13. Brake Fluid
14. Oil Drain Pan to catch oil and other fluids
15. Code Reader (make sure it works for your year of vehicle)
16. Full-Size Spare Tire
17. Tire Iron and Jack (usually comes with most vehicles)
18. Air Compressor and Chuck
19. Replacement Bulbs for Headlights, Taillights, and Blinkers
20. Battery Jumper Cables
Another thing I would recommend getting is a Vehicle Emergency Kit. If you are broken down on the side of the road, these kits can be invaluable. There are two different kinds of kits - one is for roadside emergencies and the other is for when you are stuck in your vehicle. Both are good things to have in your vehicle.
What else would you add to the list? What items do you find crucial to have for your vehicles?
Thanks for reading,