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There are several things included in vehicle maintenance, other than washing and cleaning the exterior. The motor of your vehicle is the most important part. It is what keeps your vehicle running. Therefore, it is most important to keep it running smoothly.

You will need to change your oil every 3,000 miles. If you take your vehicle to a mechanic, it can cost you anywhere from $20 to $40. To save money, do this yourself. The cost? Approximately $10, if you already have an oil pan and oil filter wrench. Even with purchasing these items, you will save in the long run when your reuse these items time and time again.

Changing your oil when it needs it will keep your motor as finely tuned as possible. The older oil gets, the blacker and crudier it gets. This is not good for your motor and in the long run can cause serious damage that will cost tons to fix.

Give your vehicle a tune-up when it needs it. It is recommended that your vehicle receives at least one a year. A tune-up involves checking all the filters, changing or filling up all your fluids, cleaning or replacing spark plugs, checking or replacing wiring, checking or replacing break pads, and cleaning the battery posts. It is vital to your vehicle's health that it receives a tune-up. This will extend the life of your vehicle drastically. Though this may sound hard if you're not acquainted with the parts of a motor, this can easily be remedied. Check out a do-it-yourself book from your local library, as well as a book or manual that diagrams the parts of a motor. You will be able to use a step-by-step guide to 'talk' you through tuning up your vehicle.

Rotating your tires every six months will extend the life of your tires and give you the maximum usage possible. This mainly involves moving the tires from the front to the back and the back to the front. The hardest part will be getting your vehicle up where you can easily remove the tires. Using a lift will be your best route. If you don't have access to a lift, simply remove the tire from one side and rest the axle on blocks, then jack up the other side and replace that tire.

Another suggestion is to 'clean' your motor from time to time by spraying it with water only. This helps to clear away garbage that can build up on your engine.

Taking the time to do these projects yourself will save you a lot of money a year, as well as giving you a sense of pride in yourself for being able to help yourself.