5 DIY Car Maintenance Tips

DIY Car Maintenance

Some cars are gas-guzzlers, but just about every car could be considered a money-guzzler. The best way to make sure your car isn’t draining your wallet is some DIY car maintenance every once and awhile. This doesn’t mean you have to become Brian O’Connor overnight, either.

We’ve created this list to help drivers save time and money on car repairs:

Change your oil
Estimated time: 30 – 45 minutes

 

Why should I do it?

If you don’t want to bring large bags of money to the mechanic, you should change your own oil when you can.  Owner’s manuals vary on how often, but it can range anywhere from every 3,000 to 10,000 miles depending on your car.

How do I do it?
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Change your wipers
Estimated time: 15 minutes

Why should I do it?
You know that annoying squeak, skip, smear, or streak wipers start to make? That annoying sound is to let you know your wiper blades are no longer making contact with the windshield, and it’s time for a replacement. Typically, wiper blades should be replaced every six months to a year, but once again this number will vary.

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Change air filters
Estimated time: 10 minutes

Why should I do it?
Your car engine combines air and gasoline in a chamber to create power. That air then reaches the engine through your air filter, which works to keep out road debris (dirt, bugs, etc.) that could damage your engine. If you regularly drive on unpaved roads, you should definitely be changing your air filters more often. Most auto companies will suggest changing your filter every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. However, if you don’t drive very often, you could get away with replacing your filter every three years.

How do I do it?
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Maintain your battery
Estimated time: 20 minutes

Why should I do it?
The last thing anyone wants to hear is an engine turning because of a dead battery. The key to keeping any car running smoothly is a good battery connection. This can be affected by even a few specks of residue, keeping your car from starting. Simply avoid costly service rates or tow charges by maintaining the performance of your car battery.

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Brake Pads
Estimated time: 30-60 minutes

Why should I do it?
Of all the maintenance you can do, this may be the most time consuming, but every second is worth it to know your brakes are performing properly. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, check your owner’s manual for specifics about your make and model (but for a general rule of thumb, replace them at least every 20,000 miles). For all you stop-and-go drivers, we suggest changing brake pads more frequently.

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