Routine Maintenance Made Easy, 5 Things To DIY

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If I had to make a list of obvious facts about our family it would look kind of like this:
We really like cars, especially older ones.
Saving money when possible is really important.
We’ll DIY whenever possible.

So when you combine all of the above you might come up with this…

Routine Car Maintenance Made Easy 5 Things you can do to save money!
It’s no secret that I’m not a stranger in the garage.

Today I am back to share with you 5 simple car maintenance repairs that you can DIY and save money. If saving money isn’t reason enough, you also gain the flexibility of working around your own schedule and the satisfaction of completing a project. I always feel a huge sense of accomplishment with a job well done.

Let’s start with the staple car DIY…

#1 The oil change

Recently the husband pointed out that the Model A needed an oil change. To save time (Who doesn’t need to do that?) I suggested that we order our oil from Walmart.com. Not only was this easy and convenient, but right now many Pennzoil products are on rollback on Walmart.com for a limited time. Walmart is my go to one stop shop, but sometimes life happens. I love knowing that I can avoid the busyness and go to Walmart.com to find whatever I need. Plus with the current online rollback ordering online not only saved us time, it saved us money too! I also have a variety of pick up options when shopping on Walmart.com; home delivery, in-store pickup and curbside assistance.

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Pennzoil is designed for complete protection, no other motor oil will provide better protection from friction. Pennzoil can also help clean out sludge lesser oils leave behind.

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Russ had me order Pennzoil Platinum (synthetic motor oil). It offer the best cleanliness and protection in the Pennzoil line-up, proven to keep pistons up to 40% cleaner than the toughest industry standard. PurePlus™ Technology is a revolutionary process that converts natural gas into a 99.5% pure base oil.

Whenever you purchase oil please make sure to consult your owners manual for the recommended weight and grade your vehicle requires.

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Other maintenance to DIY…

#2 Replace your air filter
Most air filters can be changed in less than 5 minutes

#3 Replace your battery
Most automotive stores will test your battery for free, letting you know if it needs replaced. Save a few bucks by making the switch yourself. You need minimal tools and it should take less than 10 minutes.

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#4 Change your windshield wiper blades
Well functioning wiper blades are a huge safety concern. If yours need replaced it is another quick change that can generally be done with a simple flat head screw driver.

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#5 Spark Plugs Swap
This one requires a bit more detail than the rest and a special tool, but in about 20-30 minutes this job can easily be completed.

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Tracking car maintenance

Now that you are feeling more confident in your abilities you’ll need a way to keep track of what you’ve done (or what you have done) to your car. Keeping excellent maintenance records is not only hand for personal reference but is also very helpful if you ever decide to sell the car.

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Print your copy here!

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Don’t forget to check out Walmart.com for those temporary Pennzoil rollbacks and lots of other supplies for your DIY adventures. 

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What DIY project would you like to tackle to save money?!

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  • Oh my word, you are one handy lady!! I won’t know where to start!! Well after reading this, I do 🙂 Great job!!

  • Great list! I used to change out my spark plugs and it has been a while since I have done that. I am going to start doing that again. Love your printable!

  • Great tips! You are so handy! I leave it to the car dealership!

  • So impressive! You amaze me! My husband is trying to learn more about car care, he does pretty well- he loves to save the money too!

    • That is awesome Keri! I love it when a guy decides to tackle stuff like this. I remember my dad doing these things as a kid and it just brings back happy memories. Saving money is always a huge plus for us. Every dime adds up!

  • I think you are awesome with this!

  • Awesome! I’m handy with some stuff when it comes to a car but not changing oil.

    • You could totally do it, I am just so sure of it :).

  • Laura Lane

    As I was scrolling down, my Amy 14, saw your car—not you, and said, “We know that lady!” That’s so funny. She remembered it from the picnic.

    • Baha ha! Yes she is quite the lady, I call her Trixie :).

      • TRIXIE for the win!!!!!!

        • I knew you’d like that :). It came down to Trixie or Irene…. Trixie sounds more fun.

  • I have someone who handles all this for me. His name is Mike and he is at the dealership where I bought my car from. He is my car prince 🙂

  • These are such great ideas! I would love to learn how to change the oil in our car someday, since that would save so much time and money! It it fairly difficult to learn how to do?

    • Not at all! I bet YouTube would have some amazing resources. The biggest key is to know how to properly dispose of your old oil.

      • Cool! At some point in the next few months I’ll have to figure it out then. Thanks, Beth!

  • I changed out my windshield wipers and was so proud of myself…although it took me 20 minutes and a youtube video to figure it out…hehe 🙂 Changing oil just seems so hard…

    • Wahoo!!!! That is so awesome, you totally should feel proud of that. YouTube is amazing. No shame there, Russ consults it and he is super smart with this stuff.

  • These are all things we do ourselves and the satisfaction of a completed job is huge, especially since I never realized how competent I was around cars! Haha

    • Girlfriend you read that beard post…. a lot of guys can’t even change a tire ;). Proud of you!

  • Desiree @ Macke Monologues

    Scott does most of this stuff for me – thank goodness! And I think he keeps track of it all in the owners manual in the back where there are a few blank pages. That print out is something he totally needs!

    • Good man! Russ takes care of most of it around here but I love knowing I could if I had too :D!

  • Jessica

    Girl you are amazing!! I have a guy who does this for me, my hubby. 😉 it’s kinda his thing too. Ha ha!

    • Yeah it is! What kind of motor do you have under that hood ;). Baha ha! Mama won’t be late ANYWHERE.

  • David @ Spicedblog

    What a great post, Beth! I had no idea that you could order oil online, but that is super helpful. You’ve totally inspired me to do more DIY on our cars here at home. Thanks! P.S. Trixie is awesome! 🙂 #client

    • Glad to hear that, you can totally do this.
      Thank you so much, I kind of like her too :).

  • chall1018

    Oh friend, we could take some serious lessons from you guys. We get so busy and to the point where we just take our vehicles up to quicklube for things like oil changes or wipers. We need to slow our roll and just do it at home.

    • Haha it can be so easy to get in those grooves friend, I totally understand. But that said I have full confidence that you could tackle all of these things with no problem at home too!