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Air Filters And Wiper Blades – Huge Savings By Replacing Them Yourself

Many people visit the closest oil change garage and follow their recommendations when it comes to replacing their air filters and wiper blades. Sadly, you’re wasting unnecessary money when you allow them to replace these items for you. Read on to discover how you’re wasting money by letting the oil change business dictate when to replace filters and wiper blades and how you can actually do it yourself for a lot less money.

Possibly you have no idea that in all likelihood, as outlined by your car manufacturer, you only need to change your air filter after every 20,000 miles. This is certainly all your car wants in most circumstances. However, it’s not essential to change your air filter every 20,000 miles if it’s not actually dirty. If you follow the recommendation of virtually all oil change locations, you will change your air filter just about every six months. The only reason that this is their recommendation is because this is how they make money. It’s also possible to discover yourself to be paying around $70 for a $10 air filter at some locations.

Replacing your own air filter will not only save some money but it may also help you from being cheated by these big chains. Visit your local auto parts shop where you can buy a manufacturer recommended air filter for well under $10. At many outlets, they may actually help you to swap the air filter. It really is a piece of cake to replace an air filter since you most likely only have to remove the wing nut or release clamps to get the job done. Then you just take out the old filter and place the new one in. So instead of spending $240 every 2 years on replacing your air filters at those oil change places you can do it yourself for around $10 to $20 every 2 years, depending on your air filter.

Switching the windshield wipers works the same way. It makes hardly any sense to pay a service center $40 for a pair of wiper blades when you can purchase them yourself for less than $10. And renewing your wiper blades is no more challenging than changing the air filter on your car. For your information, you will probably get the job done faster if you replace the entire wiper blade unit and not just the blade. As a result, make an effort to buy the complete unit when you shop for blades. Nearly all windshield wiper blades can be replaced with just the aid of a small screw driver. A good thing about wiper blades is that they show you when they must be replaced by ceasing to work correctly. The oil change technicians are just using a computer recommendation and they don’t know whether your blades happen to be working effectively or not. Therefore, if you haven’t replaced your blades with them, they will keep telling you that you need new wiper blades.

Anyway, these are just a couple of ways to economize by doing the work yourself. You might possibly even want to consider learning how you can change your own oil. It will take you more practice to get proficient at it, but you can look forward to saving a substantial amount of money.