Easy
5 to 30 minutes

Preventative Maintenance

Avoid disasters by routine maintenance.
What can you do on a periodical basis to maintain your car.
Hard
1+ hours

Time

Cost

Frequency

Medium

30 - 60 minutes

<$75 in Parts

Varies

These items generally take some time and are relatively cheap to complete.

Rotate Your Tires

Along with replacing your tires every 30k-40k miles it is recommended that you rotate them every 10k miles. For most people that could mean once a year. You usually can get this done while having another service done or you can do it yourself! Some suggest you need an alignment when rotating your tires. I suggest you don't. You arent changing the weight of size of tires so it hasnt fallen out of alignment. Just be sure to check the tire pressure and make them all the same. If your car is shaking a higher speeds (70+ mph) then get an alignment.

Time

Cost

Frequency

30 minutes

Free (DIY) or <$50

Once per year

Oil Change

You may be thinking well duh? What kind of website is this? This guy is telling me stuff I already know. Well I could tell you some stories I've heard and videos I've seen of people not changing their oil. People going 15,000 miles on the same oil. Go over to youtube and see what happens when you don't. The oil softens the metal to metal contact in your engine. After a while the rubber tight seals may let in debris and junk. Also being under 300F degree temperature for 3000 miles is tough. Change your oil. If you go full synthetic dont revert. If you go conventional stick with it. Consistency is key! Remember to check your manual for oil type.

Time

Cost

Frequency

Conventional - 3000 miles
Full Synthetic - 5000 miles

Conventional - $30
​Full Synthetic - $70

1 hour

Wash and Wax

You remember those fall and spring evenings that your Dad made you come out and wash and wax the car? Well it was for a purpose. When you don't wash and wax your car the paint gets damaged and starts chipping. Have you seen cars where It looks like they took a grinder to the hood and just scraped all the paint off. Their clear coat protection wore off over time and they never protected it with a nice coat of wax. Wash and wax your car. It's simple, cheap, and easy to do.

Time

Frequency

Cost

Fall (October)
Spring (April)

1 hour

$25

Clean Your Throttle 

Your throttle is like your throat. Its where your engine received the evenly distributed mashed up air to suck into the pistons to explode into a fire-y ball of black soot. Sometimes your throttle can get a little gunked up with that black soot. Cleaning it out is so simple and quick. Most of the time it takes a screw driver to take off the air intake hoses. Grab a bottle of Carb cleaner from amazon or your local autobody store and spray and wipe. It's that easy.

Time

Frequency

Cost

Fall (October)
Spring (April)

30 minutes

$15

Clean Your EGR (if you have one)

The EGR valve is your exhuast gas recirculation valve. It takes your exhaust gas and puts it back into your engine. You might be thinking well WHY in the world would I want nasty exhaust gas back into my engine. Well, in that nasty exhaust gas there is unburned fuel. The combustion in your engine is not perfect and it may only convert 60-80% of the gas coming from your tank. The EGR valve opens a passageway for a mixture to come back and be reburned. This can improve gas mileage but it can decrease efficiency and power to the engine. Also, the valve can get clogged easily. 

Time

Frequency

Cost

30 minutes

$15

Once A Year

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