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Basic Car Care: What’s Easy to DIY
August 15, 2017

When it comes to vehicle maintenance, you don’t have to be an automobile expert to ensure that your car keeps running smooth. This edition of TRIO focuses on three types of car repairs that are easy to do yourself.

  1. Oil Changes  

Changing your car’s oil is considered one of the simplest vehicle maintenance tasks that you can do. It doesn’t require special tools, the supplies are cheap and it doesn’t take a lot of time. While retail oil changes can run anywhere from $30 to $50, if you change it yourself, it will cost you about $20 and a half hour of your time. As an added bonus, when you DIY you can ensure that you’re using the right type of oil for your vehicle. Not sure where to start on learning how to change your car’s oil? Check out this step-by-step guide that includes helpful tips.

  1. Air Filters

Your car’s air filter does more than just keep dirt and debris out. It plays a role in getting better gas mileage, reducing emissions, improving acceleration and increasing the life of your engine. Changing your air filter also happens to be one of the least expensive maintenance tasks you can do, averaging less than $10 for supplies. Most car manufacturers suggest that you change an air filter every 10,000 miles or every 12 months. Familiarize yourself with these signs of a bad air filter to be proactive about keeping your vehicle running smoothly. When it’s time for a change, follow these steps for better air flow.

  1. Spark Plugs

Changing your spark plugs is one way to ensure your car stays running at peak performance. Located near the top of the car’s engine, these small parts are responsible for your keeping your car running. Spark plugs can last up to 30,000 miles on most vehicles, but when they’re bad your car lets you know! Most people report hearing sounds of rattling or knocking noises coming from their engine or experience trouble getting their vehicle started. You can replace most plugs for less than $20. When going to the auto parts store to pick up new plugs, you’ll need to know the make, model and year of your car. You should also check your car’s owner’s manual to learn what type of plugs you need. Follow these steps to change spark plugs and your car will be tuned up in no time.

Interested in learning about how to care for your vehicle and address simple maintenance problems? Join us for the upcoming Basics of Car Care class. Call 405.377.3333 with questions or register here. To find out about more courses like this sign up for our monthly e-newsletter. View all of our upcoming courses in our digital catalog.



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