When it comes to renewing wiper blades and air filters, virtually all people use the schedule suggested by their local oil change service provider. The trouble with this is that you are wasting money by using their service. In the next few paragraphs we are going to make clear to you why you’re throwing away money by following their recommendations and how you can save a lot of money by doing it yourself.
Possibly you are unaware that in all likelihood, as per your car manufacturer, you only need to change your air filter after every 20,000 miles. This can be all your car needs in most circumstances. However, you don’t have to change your air filter every 20,000 miles if it’s not really dirty. However, anytime you have your oil changed at an oil change facility, they typically recommend that you replace your air filter at every other oil change. They propose this recommendation as it’s a highly profitable moneymaker for them. What’s amazing is that some places ask for upwards of $50 to replace a filter that basically costs $10.
Finding out how to replace your own air filter will save you significant money and prevent you from being taken advantage of by the oil change facilities. Call at your local auto parts store where you should be able to buy a manufacturer recommended air filter for well under $10. If you’re happy to ask for help, employees at some auto parts stores will show you what to do. Even so, the process of replacing an air filter is really simple as all you usually have to do is release the clamps or wing nuts that are holding the cover in place. Then, you lift out the old filter and set the new one in its place. So rather than pay an oil change garage $240 every 2 yrs to replace your air filter, you should spend a mere $10 to $20 every two years by doing it yourself.
The same thing can be said of the windshield wipers on your car. It makes hardly any sense to pay an oil change place $40 for a couple of wiper blades when you can purchase them yourself for less than $10. After all, changing wiper blades is as simple as changing your air filter. In case you didn’t already know, you will most likely get the job done faster if you replace the entire wiper blade unit and not just the blade. For this reason, try to buy blades that include an entire unit. Virtually all wiper blades can be quickly replaced by utilizing a little screwdriver. And the thing regarding wiper blades is you know when they are not functioning properly as it is your car. The people at these oil change places have no idea how your blades are performing they just go by what their computer tells them. Given that they have never changed the blades themselves, their system will consistently recommend that they replace them for you.
I have listed some ways that you can save money on vehicle maintenance by doing the job yourself. You may also wish to start considering changing your own oil. It is a little more complicated, nevertheless, you will finally end up saving even more money.