You don’t have to be a car expert to perform some of your basic needed maintenance.
There are several simple tasks you can take on, as long as you’re willing to use a little elbow grease and buy the parts yourself. Most auto parts can easily be purchased either online or at your local chain auto parts store. Here are three quick do-it-yourself tasks that your car — and your wallet — will thank you for doing.
The air filter uses a paper element to clean the air going into your car’s engine. Periodically, it becomes clogged with dirt and debris and has to be replaced. Mechanics often suggest replacing it when you bring your car in for an oil change (for an extra $20 to $50) but doing it yourself is a snap. Your owner’s manual will tell you how often the air filter needs to be changed.
Cost: $10 to $25
Time: 5 to 15 minutes
Parts needed: Engine air filter
Oil lubricates your engine parts to reduce friction, prevent wear and prolong your engine’s life. Check the oil level once a month or before you go on a long trip to keep your engine purring.
Time: 1 to 5 minutes
Cost: $0 to $5
Parts/tools needed: A quart of motor oil that is the correct weight; rag or paper towel
Visibility is crucial for safe driving, so replace your wipers if you notice them leaving streaks or smears on your windshield. You might also hear screeching if the rubber has dried out, which is another sign it’s time to change them.
Cost: $7 to $25 for each wiper blade
Time: 10 to 15 minutes
Parts and tools needed: Wiper blades, tape measure
If you want video instructions for these tasks check Youtube.com or automotive forums.
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