February 5, 2011

Tip of the day—Changing the oil in your car

These are a few tips from my Hubby:

  • Try to use coupons whenever you can to purchase oil for  money savings.  We signed up for the Advance Auto Parts mailing list and regularly receive coupons.  Hubby uses these every few  months to purchase oil, windshield wiper blades, air filters and anything else we need for the car.  Whenever possible match the coupons to store sales for even more savings.
  • Switch to a synthetic oil for better gas mileage and more mileage in between changes.  Instead of changing your oil every 3000 miles, you can get up to 10,000 miles before it needs changed.
  • Change your oil at home.  Once you buy the necessary tools—drain, oil filter wrench, and a socket wrench—you have what you need to do the job, and these tools will pay for themselves for years to come.  If you aren’t sure how to change your own oil, ask friends or relatives who know how to teach you.  You’ll save around $30-$40 each time when you do it yourself.
  • Be sure to recycle the oil.  If your city recycling center does not take it, call around to area auto parts stores to ask if they will.
  • While you are under the hood and it is convenient, check your other fluids—wiper fluid, antifreeze, brake fluid, power steering fluid—to make sure they are at the proper levels.
  • Teach your sons and daughters how to change their own oil.  My dad made sure we knew how to check fluids, change tires, and change oil, and I’m grateful for him taking the time to teach us those skills. 

1 comment:

  1. Good tips Gabrielle - Being that my husband is also a mechanic and runs a gas station.. he has always been a firm believer in teaching kids how to change tires and change oil! Our daughters learned early!