Save Some Time & Money By Doing Your Own Car Maintenance
Most people don’t know enough about their vehicles to perform their own car maintenance, but it can save you money in the long run! So here are a few things you should always know how to do for your car to save money and to help you if you’re in a sticky situation – like stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire.
Wouldn’t you rather know how to replace that tire yourself, especially if you already have a spare, than have to call someone and pay $50+ just to get them to put a tire on for you?
If so, this list is for you. Let’s get started then…
Change your tire
Just like we’ve already mentioned, it’s an in-demand skill to be capable of changing a tire. Whether you’re stuck on the side of the road or a family member is, you can change a tire for free and either save yourself or a loved one some money. You can find videos on YouTube like this one on how to change a tire.
Change your oil & oil filter
As you probably know, you should change your oil every 3,000-5,000 miles depending on the year and other factors of your vehicle. Wouldn’t you rather set aside time to change the oil in your car yourself instead of setting up an appointment to sit at a car dealership for two hours when they promised you they’d be done in 30? We thought so. It will take you about 45-50 minutes to change the oil yourself, and it might take a little longer that first time, but you can save $10 or more, depending on how much your regular shop charges.
You can learn how to change your own oil and oil filter by watching the video below.
Changing your brake pads
Another great thing to know how to do by yourself, is changing the brake pads on your vehicle. It can take a little longer than the other repairs, up to an hour, but those jobs at a mechanic shop cost you the labor in addition to the price of the brake pads. So save a few bucks by purchasing the brake pads and installing them yourself! You can watch the video below to see how to change the brake pads yourself.
Also, with each repair you can search YouTube or Google for instructions specific to the make and model of your vehicle.
Don’t forget to always note when you make these repairs, including the date and mileage of your vehicle. That way you can easily determine when you need to perform the repairs again!