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Spend Less By Changing Your Vehicles Air Filter And Wiper Blades Yourself

Plenty of people visit the nearest oil change garage and follow their recommendations when it comes to replacing their air filters and wiper blades. The issue with this is that you are wasting money by using their service. This article will show you how you can save money by replacing these materials yourself.

For one thing, did you realize that the standard manufacturer recommendation is that you change your air filter every 20,000 miles? This can be all your car needs in most circumstances. Certainly, if right after 20,000 miles your air filter is still practically clean there is no reason to change it. Nevertheless, if you have your oil changed at an oil change facility, they typically recommend that you replace your air filter at every other oil change. The only reason that this is their recommendation is because this is how they make money. What’s astounding is that some places charge in excess of $50 to replace a filter that basically costs $10.

Replacing your own air filter will not only save some money but it will also help you from being conned by these big chains. Take a drive to your nearby auto parts store where you can purchase an air filter for less than $10. At some stores, they may actually help you to swap the air filter. However, the practice 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 simply take out that old filter and replace it with a new one. So rather than pay an oil change garage $240 every couple of years to replace your air filter, you can spend a mere $10 to $20 every two years by doing it yourself.

Switching your windshield wipers will work the same way. It makes absolutely no 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 complicated than changing the air filter on your vehicle. In case you didn’t already know, you will almost certainly get the job done more rapidly if you replace the entire wiper blade unit and not just the blade. Consequently, try to buy the whole unit when you shop for blades. Most wiper blades can be simply replaced by utilizing a little screwdriver. With wiper blades, you should automatically know when to replace them since they will no longer work properly. The people at these oil change places don’t know how your blades are performing they just go by what their computer tells them. Therefore, if they have never replaced your wiper blades, they will continue to suggest that you buy new ones from them.

These are just some ways that you can save money on car maintenance by doing the job yourself. You might possibly even want to consider learning the best way to change your own oil. It is a little more difficult, however, you will finally end up saving even more money.