4 Easy Car Repairs
4 Car Repairs You Should be Doing Yourself
In this economy, we need to save money wherever we can. Your car is a great place to start.
Let’s be clear, San Diego, don’t waste your money on repairs that you can do yourself. Save it for the big repairs that need to be done by an expert. Here are four car repairs that you can easily do yourself!
NOTE: It should be recognized that sometimes we don’t have time for even the smaller jobs, both watching YouTube videos to learn and doing the work. That’s OK. Life is busy. But keep these in mind for when you do have the time. 👍
1. Change Your Oil
Changing your oil is one of the most important maintenance tasks you can do for your car. It's recommended that you change your oil every 5,000 to 7,500 miles, depending on your car's make and model. Changing your oil is relatively easy and can save you money on labor costs.
To change your oil, you'll need an oil filter wrench, a drain pan, a funnel, and new oil. First, locate the oil filter and drain plug. Place the drain pan underneath the drain plug and remove the plug. Let the oil drain completely, then replace the drain plug and remove the oil filter. Install the new oil filter and pour in the new oil using the funnel.
Potential savings: $35 - $75 every 5k miles
2. Replace Your Air Filter
Your car's air filter should be replaced every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, or more often if you drive in dusty or dirty conditions. A dirty air filter can reduce your car's performance and gas mileage.
To replace your air filter, locate the air filter housing and remove the cover. Remove the old filter and replace it with a new one. Replace the cover and make sure it's securely fastened.
Potential savings: $50 - $100 every 12k miles.
3. Change Your Spark Plugs
Spark plugs ignite the fuel in your engine, so it's important to replace them regularly. You should replace your spark plugs every 30,000 miles or as recommended by your car's manufacturer.
To change your spark plugs, locate them under the hood of your car. Use a spark plug socket to remove the old plugs and replace them with new ones. Make sure the new plugs are tightened to the correct torque.
Potential savings: $115 - $200 every 30k miles.
4. Replace Your Brake Pads
Brake pads wear down over time and need to be replaced periodically. You should replace your brake pads every 30,000 to 70,000 miles, depending on your driving habits.
To replace your brake pads, remove the wheel and locate the brake caliper. Use a C-clamp to compress the caliper piston, then remove the caliper bolts and slide the caliper off. Remove the old brake pads and replace them with new ones. Reinstall the caliper and wheel, and make sure the brake pedal feels firm before driving.
Potential savings: $115 - $300 per axle.
In conclusion, these four car repairs are relatively easy and can save you money on labor costs. However, if you're not comfortable doing these repairs yourself, it's always best to take your car to a professional mechanic. Remember, safety should always be your top priority when working on your car.
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