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Money Saving Car Care Secrets


For most of us, our vehicle is one of our most-prized possessions. Cars give us a chance to be free to go anywhere, as far as we feel like going, and at whatever time we want.

You probably worked hard to save every spare dollar so you had enough for a down payment. Each month you have to keep making your car loan payment and afford insurance coverage. But when your car needs car care, the costs can really hurt your wallet.

This is the reason why these tricks for getting low-cost auto parts and auto body repair tools can make a significant difference in your month-end finances. Save Money on Maintenance and Auto Body Repair Tools If you have a standard maintenance repair; maybe a light to replace or a brake pad or oil change, why not try to do it yourself?

There are many "how-to" online tutorials and printed books that can show you step-by-step. The bonus is that youíll only be spending money on the parts and supplies.. The auto repair shops can really mark up the parts, plus, youíll pay around $60 to $70 an hour for someone else to do the work for you.

If you donít think you can do the maintenance yourself, ask your family or friends if they can help you out or if they know someone who can help at a low rate. Family members are usually happy to help and donít expect much in return; student training facilities can cut the costs in half for you. Maintenance and Car Care Donít Have to Cost an Arm and a Leg Other maintenance issues can require additional training or tools, but can still be accomplished by yourself.

Take, for example, diagnosing an engine code, getting your rotors resurfaced, changing out your spark plugs, or rotating your tires. Local discount auto parts stores often provide less-expensive diagnostic and resurfacing services than at the specialized repair shops.

Engine error codes can be ambiguous and aggravating. In some states, you can drive to your parts supplier and they can run the diagnostic test for you to determine the problem. But in some states they do not permit this, but the diagnostic tool is only a nominal cost at around $200. It can cost $90 or so to have your dealer run a diagnostic test on your carís computer.

However, you can add this useful piece to your home automotive repair tools and it will pay for itself with only 2 uses! Basic Maintenance and Car Care Donít Have to Break the Bank Rotor resurfacing can present challenges because they have to be ďmeatyĒ enough in order to be resurfaced. A minimal amount of rotor metal must be present so that they remain at a nominal thickness.

The good news is that many shops will measure them for you and tell you right there if they can be resurfaced. Additionally, they will either resurface them for you or can help you purchase new rotors. In an equally easy manner, spark plugs are available for purchase at the car care and supply store and the minimum gap is displayed clearly on the package. A gapper tool for your spark plugs costs only $50 or less if you donít already have one.

You can also rotate your own tires by using a standard jack. Save yourself major cash by doing the minor repairs on your car. You can extend your carís life and get more out of your hard-earned dollars, while using the extra cash to spend more time having fun with family and friends!

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  Mr. Frank Stewart
Frank Stewart is an auto enthusiast, and he recommends Discount Auto Center for your auto care needs like auto repair tools, and remote starters.
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