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Auto Overhaul: Five DIY Projects You Can do yourself

Do-it-Yourself projects for the car are not for everyone. New cars are complex machines with computers that usually keep them tuned-up and zooming along. For the first year or two, you probably won’t need to do anything for your new baby except visit the occasional car wash and oil change. As the miles add up, your car will need more maintenance. Instead of running to the dealer for every little thing, with a little investment and the right tools you can save a lot of green.

Check Tires
One of the easiest DIY projects you can do is check your tires every month. Tires affect your ability to drive safely in bad weather, as well as your overall gas mileage. A few minutes spent checking the tire pressure and doing a visual inspection for dings, bulges, or worn tread can be the difference between getting to your destination or getting a ride in a tow truck. 
Rating: Bunny Slope 
Tools Needed: Pressure Gauge

Rotate Tires
At least twice a year you should rotate your tires. Front tires wear faster, and rotating makes for a much safer ride. Rotation patterns vary based on your make and model so consult your vehicle book to figure out the best pattern for your vehicle. 
Rating: Novice 
Tools Needed: Tire Jack, Jack-stand, gloves, lug wrench

Air Filters
When you rotate your tires it’s also a good idea to also change your air filter. Buy a good quality air filter from a reputable aftermarket brand. Consult a professional for advice on where to find the air filter box on your specific model. 
Rating: Novice 
Tools Needed: Gloves, Screwdriver 
Parts Needed: New Air Filter

Oil
Motor oil needs changing every 5 to 7 thousand miles. This can be a little messy, and you should definitely watch a few videos before you dive right in. One of the most important ways to keep your car running well is frequent oil changes. If you don’t want to do it then make sure you get it done at a service center. 
Rating: Intermediate 
Tools Needed: Depends on Model 
Parts Needed: New Oil Filter, Correct Oil for your Car, gloves

Brake Pads
About every 1 to 2 years, most cars will need new brake pads. This job requires the wheels be removed and the brake calipers to be taken off. New pads are inserted in the calipers and then the brakes are re-assembled. This is not a hard job, but it does require some expertise and possibly a special tool or socket. Consult YouTube for your specific make and model car. 
Rating: Expert 
Tools Needed: Depends on Model 
Parts Needed: New Brake Pads, gloves

Always work safely and leave plenty of time for each project. The internet is your friend so take a few minutes to look up your specific car, make, year, and model and watch the way other DIY’ers did the work. You can also get a lot of used or new parts at places like U Pull & Pay. In the end with a few simple tools and a little elbow-grease your wallet will be fatter and you and your car will be running great!

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Tags: auto, diy, filter, fix, plugs, repair, spark, tire

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