When you buy a car, you know that you are taking on a huge responsibility, not just in terms of driving on the road, but also in terms of maintenance. Indeed, you need to make sure that your car remains in good condition so that you can not only get more life from it, but also that your drives are as safe as can be.

Now, it is one thing to know that your car will need occasional and regular maintenance, but it is another thing entirely to know exactly what you should do. And it takes a little bit more familiarity to know which jobs you can do yourself—and save a little money in the process—and which jobs you should save for the professionals.


There are several maintenance tasks you can do at home without any specialized tools or knowledge. Then there are also a few car maintenance tasks you can do at home that might require a unique tool or just a little more knowledge than the average person might have. But you can get most of these things pretty easily.

However, the first maintenance task you can do at home is changing your oil.  You should do this about once every 3 months or 3,000 miles.  This involves getting under the vehicle to drain the oil and replace the oil filter as well as replacing the oil.

Similarly, you will also want to check and change your radiator fluid about once every 30,000 miles, or somewhere between every 2 or 3 years.  Depending upon where you live and the amount of driving you do, of course, this guidance can fluctuate.

In addition, you can also change your sparkplugs, change a tire, and replace lamps and other lights, and some of your car’s filters without any training or knowledge.


While it is not that difficult to replace a brake pad, this is a job better suited for a professional garage. Other jobs that should be left to a professional include replacing brake calipers and brake calipers, anything dealing with CrossDrilledRotors.ca brake kits, in general.  These are technical jobs that can be time consuming if you don’t know how to do them—and can be quite costly if you do them wrong.

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