The title says it all. Some car maintenance jobs are very easy. If you do them yourself, you can save hundreds of dollars. I’m not a handy person at all. I have never operated a drill (don’t laugh). If I’m able to do some simple maintenance for my car, I’m sure you can too.
Windshield Wiper Blades. These are the easiest. Press a clip, slide off, and slide on the replacement. Time: 5 minutes. Cost: about $10 each.
Battery. The dealership does a vehicle inspection for me whenever they do an oil change. They told me my battery’s cranking power was low and they would charge me $150 to replace it. I went to Wal-Mart. They install the battery for free if you buy it there. I waited nearly two hours and it still wasn’t my turn yet. I got fed up and just bought the battery.
The job turned out to be really easy too. Unscrew two nuts on a metal bracket, disconnect the battery cables (negative off first, on last), remove and replace. Time: 15 minutes. Cost: about $80.
Air Filter. Another easy one. The air filter stays in a plastic box under the hood. You can see it easily because there is a big hose connected to the box. Either unclip some clips or loosen some nuts. Open up the lid, remove and replace. A piece of cake. Time: 5 minutes. Cost: about $15.
Cabin Air Filter. Also known as A/C Air Filter. This one may be a little tricky depending on the car. On my Honda Accord, it’s also a 2-minute job, but the dealership wanted to charge me $100 for doing it.
The cabin air filter is behind the glove box. Drop down the glove box, pull out and replace. Time: 2 minutes. Cost: about $15.
Oil change. I haven’t done this yet. I heard it’s also easy but somehow I’m afraid of crawling under the car and having oil gushing onto my face.
What other car maintenance work can an owner do easily?
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