Save $$ on labor.

I grew up with points condensor rotor, dwell meter, timing light, drum brakes and carberators. Maint schedules were 3k oil 12k plugs MPG 12-15

Things have changed in general maintenance is easier and maintenance schedules have increased. 10k for oil is coming soon, 100k for plugs / timing Belts.

Don’t be taken, just knowing can save you money.  Keep track by date and mileage in a book in the glove box. Over-maintenance is a waste of money. Rubber and some parts need replacement at 100 – 200 k.

Skills and Tools: 

Skill Level: 1 wrench (fluids, plugs, filters)  2 wrench (brakes) 3 wrench (suspension) 4 wrench Timing belts, major head work

Tools can start with ratches and wrenches, a long pipe for leverage. A torque wrench to measure to spec for tightness. A jack and jack stands and wheel chock.  Harbor Freight work fine for the avg person.


(Search a bit and if you cannot find the actual make and model year -may have the same under a different name or similar setup)

Ratchets and Wrenches

Chris Fix

Main Street Auto

NGK Technical


Hard to look up if you are not sure of the vocabulary

AUTOSHOP 101  A great place to learn

Click on Lessons tab – all Video based and very good


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DupontDuPont Performance lubricants

200,000 … 300,000 miles

Today’s autos run longer, (1970-150k Now 300k)  last longer, and maintenance is easier. There are youtube videos for help. Start with the basics. Oil Change, Other fluids, lights, tune-up, and brakes. Old days (1970) a car needed a tune-up every 12,000 miles. Today 50,000 to 100,000 miles. Remember the owners manual has the complete maintenance table that needs to be followed.

Basic tools and time all that is needed to do your own maintenance.  A  (Group III) synthetic blend change can cost as much as 35$. A full synthetic blend (Group III) oil change as much as 50$ and up – you can do your own, 1 hour and 25$. Like paying you 25$ an hour.

Tools: Start out basic and grow. Rent special tools. A corded 1/2 torque impact is under $100.

About Mr. E. At 15 doing the family oil changes. At 16 rebuilding a GM 307, brakes and maintenance. Rebuilding Holly 4 barrel carb. The public school actually had drafting, electric, wood, and metal shop. 68 Chevy Malibu, 70 Nova, 84 Ford Escort,  90 Pontiac LeMans, 2000 Kia Sephia, 2006 Kia Spectra, 2007 Honda Accord V6 (Last 2 are my current rides and get 34, 29 MPG)