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Many people don’t realize just how easy some car repairs are. They don’t take a lot of time, and depending on the car, some of these repairs can take just a few minutes. When you do your own car repairs, you get a better feel for the vehicle, helping you understand potential warning signs in the future. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank getting all the little repairs and upsells. Here are four car maintenance musts to try today.

1. Change the Air Filter

Every time you go in for an oil change, they’re going to ask you if you want to change your air filter, as well. This is something you need to think about before you pay to have it done. First, the air filter doesn’t necessarily need to be changed with every single oil change. In addition, it only takes about five minutes or so to do yourself. Depending on your vehicle, you can even get the filter for less than $15. To change the filter: open the hood, find the air filter, take the current filter out, and put the new filter in. It’s that simple.

2. Change Your Oil

If you really want to avoid people trying to upsell you on car maintenance that you don’t need, change¬†your own oil. It’s not difficult, and can save you about half over what you’d pay to get it done. Make sure the car is not only off, but cool when you change the oil. Jack the car up, so that you can get under it. Locate the oil pan and unscrew the plug. Drain the oil into a recycling container. Replace the plug. Open the hood and remove the oil cap. Fill the reservoir and replace the oil cap.

3. Change the Spark Plugs

Depending on your vehicle, spark plugs can take anywhere from 10-30 minutes to change. The price of the plugs can vary anywhere from $15-60 or more. Follow the rubbery wires under the hood of your car to find where the spark plugs go. Start at one end, and remove the wires from the spark plugs. Make sure you’re only removing one wire at a time. Using a ratchet, loosen and remove the plug. Using the ratchet, attach and tighten the new plug, and reconnect the wires.

4. Change the Fuses

If you’ve had some of the fuses in your car go, remember that these are very easy to fix. Locate the fuse box, which is generally under the steering wheel, near the floor. Pull the box out, and remove the fuses that have blown. Replace them withe new fuses. You may want to use pliers for this, but it is not always necessary. Replacing fuses generally takes five minutes or less.

When you can take care of simple repairs yourself, you’re going to end up saving yourself a lot of money in the long run. Make sure to check with your owner’s manual for specific steps for your repairs, and which parts and tools you’ll need to have on hand.

If you want to avoid the hassle of going through any of these four steps, our Service Department can help you with simple maintenance and in-depth vehicle repairs. We specialize in providing the best service to every customer that walks through our doors. If you need new brakes, let us know! If you need a new battery, let us know! We’re here to help, so give us a call at (318) 213-3131 to schedule a service appointment today.